When the Green Bay Packers start building their game plan for Sunday’s game at Dallas, it will be built for Matt Flynn, not Aaron Rodgers.
“That’s the way you have to go about it,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday, a day after the Packers’ victory over Atlanta and Detroit’s loss at Philadelphia put the Packers right back in the NFC North title hunt. “It’s the same way we went last week.”
That doesn’t mean Rodgers is going to miss a fifth consecutive game since sustaining a broken collarbone against Chicago on Nov. 4. Rodgers, who has not been cleared to play but has practiced the last two weeks, will work out on Tuesday and be evaluated by Dr. Pat McKenzie on Wednesday morning.
With a smile, offensive coordinator Tom Clements said the team could “probably” make the game plan work with Rodgers.
“There wouldn’t be any problem making adjustments,” Clements said. “We wouldn’t make wholesale changes. A lot of the things we’re doing with Matt, we do with Aaron. Maybe tweaked a little bit but not a big deal.”
McCarthy said Rodgers felt better on Friday than he did on Wednesday, which is encouraging, but Rodgers will not be allowed to play until he’s cleared by McKenzie, regardless of how badly Rodgers wants to play and how badly the Packers need him to play now that there’s a glimmer of hope in the playoff chase.
Flynn played well in the poor conditions. He completed 24-of-32 passes – a career-best 75.0 percent – for 258 yards, with one touchdown and a fluky interception that was batted by a defensive lineman and ricocheted off a linebacker’s foot and resulted in an Atlanta touchdown. Five of his 11 possessions resulted in points.
“The game plan was to go no-huddle and, frankly, to see how they would react to it, particularly what they were calling against us,” McCarthy said. “Rhythm throws was definitely part of it, but the emphasis was running the football. I think we ran it eight or nine times on the first drive, so we wanted to establish the run game. Frankly, we would have liked to have more production than we had running the ball, but I thought Matt was able to get into a rhythm, clean plays, hit the shot play when he had the opportunity to Jordy. Completion percentage was 75 percent, and I think we had three or four drops, so he played very well.”
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