The Green Bay Packers were able to avoid their season coming to an end this past weekend with an impressive performance on the road against the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional round at AT&T Stadium.
Without his favorite target in wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who was ruled out with broken ribs, superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers was still able to lead his team to a victory with some late-game heroics. Rodgers may have to keep it going without Nelson this Sunday on the road once again in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Nelson doesn't seem to have much of a shot at playing this weekend:
Jordy Nelson is still considered a bit of a long shot to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
According to a source, the Green Bay Packers receiver has a chance to play against the Atlanta Falcons, but it's only a small chance.
Sunday's game will showcase another tough NFC opponent for the Packers. The Falcons made easy work of the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round and will be well prepared for Mike McCarthy's squad, especially if Nelson is sidelined.
Rodgers put on a show in the win over the Cowboys this past weekend with the one-time Super Bowl champion showing why he's still one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Even without his primary receiver on the field, the veteran gunslinger threw for 356 yards, two touchdowns, and one interceptions while finishing with a passer rating of 96.7.
Without Nelson, Rodgers turned to tight end Jared Cook to help shoulder the load. Along with the biggest catch of the playoffs thus far in the team's final drive, Cook racked up 106 yards and a touchdown in the win over Dallas. Davante Adams also caught six passes for 76 yards followed by Randall Cobb's usual production with seven catches and 62 yards.
Obviously, not having Nelson in the NFC Championship Game is a costly blow for the Packers. Despite the potential absence of the four-time Pro Bowler, Rodgers has weapons at his disposal and should put up a fight against the Falcons.