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Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers

TAMPA, Fla. – A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 20-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:

What it means: The Packers (11-4) are playoff-bound, but they still have work to do on their seeding. They could take care of that next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Both teams have clinched playoff spots, but the winner of that finale will win the NFC North. A victory over the Lions would give the Packers at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round playoff bye. It will be the Packers' sixth straight playoff appearance. If they win the division, it would be their fourth straight title.

Stock watch: Rising -- The Packers' pass rush showed up against the Bucs. They recorded seven sacks -- including 2.5 by Clay Matthews and two by Julius Peppers. Falling -- Aaron Rodgers has not exactly made a late-season push to wrap up the MVP award. After playing perhaps the worst game of his career in last week's loss at Buffalo, Rodgers appeared to be limited both because of an illness and after he had an issue with his lower left leg in the first quarter. Rodgers rarely moved out of the pocket and was limited mostly to short, quick throws. Rodgers didn't throw a touchdown pass until late in the fourth quarter, when he finally connected with Jordy Nelson. His numbers were good (31-of-40 for 318 yards with one touchdown and one fumble), but the offense was far from explosive.

One thousand times two: Eddie Lacy needed 60 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the second straight season. He got that -- and more -- in the first quarter thanks to a 44-yard touchdown run on a toss play. Lacy became the first Packers running back to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons since John Brockington in 1971 and 1972. Lacy missed most of the fourth quarter because of cramps and finished with 99 yards on 17 carries.

Goal-line gamble: Mike McCarthy apparently doesn't subscribe to the theory that you take the points on the road. After the Packers failed with runs on second-and-goal and third-and-goal from the 1, he went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in a 10-3 game, and Rodgers couldn't connect with Randall Cobb.

Game ball: This one goes to the Packers' fans that filled Raymond James Stadium. There was nearly as much green and gold in the crowd, and when the Packers put fullback John Kuhn into the game on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, it sounded like they were at Lambeau Field with the chants of "Kuuuuuuhn." A message on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter said "Get Loud," and chants of "Go Pack go" rang out.

What's next: The Packers will find out Sunday night or Monday morning what the time the game against the Lions on Dec. 28 will be played. It's currently scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, but could be flexed to 4:25 ET or into the Sunday night time slot.