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Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes team must win out to make playoffs

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that the Packers will most likely have to win their four remaining regular season games to have a shot at the playoffs. 

The Packers trail first-place Detroit by a game-and-a-half in the NFC North Division. Their next game is on December 8th at home against Atlanta – and the Pack will close out against Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Chicago.  

Green Bay is 5-6-1 after Thursday’s crushing 40-10 loss to the Lions.  

The Packers have never made the playoffs when they’re below .500 after 12 games, since the NFL schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978.   

McCarthy could not say whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers would start against the Falcons in nine days. He’s still getting over a broken collarbone suffered November 4th, but he was cleared to practice on a limited basis this week.  

The Packers have made the postseason every year since 2009.