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If The Playoffs Started Today: The Aaron Rodgers Is Injured Edition

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The NFC playoff picture may take an interesting turn over the next few weeks depending on an MRI on injured Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Super Bowl XLV MVP suffered a left shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears on Monday night and may be out for an extended period of time.

At the moment, Green Bay is in a three-way tie for the NFC North lead with Detroit and Chicago. However, Rodgers missing for a lengthy period could easily drop the Pack out of the playoff race.

AFC

#1 – Kansas City Chiefs  (AFC West champion, bye)

#2 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion, bye)

#3 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)

#4 – Cincinnati Bengals (AFC North champion)

#5  – Denver Broncos (Wild Card)

#6 –  New York Jets (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 – Seattle Seahawks  (NFC West champion, bye)

#2 – New Orleans Saints  (NFC South champion, bye)

#3 – Detroit Lions (NFC North champion)

#4 – Dallas Cowboys  (NFC East champion)

#5 – San Francisco 49ers (Wild Card)

#6 – Carolina Panthers (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 @ 4:30PM – #6 New York Jets  at #3 Indianapolis Colts (NBC)*

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 @ 8:00PM – #5 San Francisco 49ers at #4 Dallas Cowboys  (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 1:00PM – #6 Carolina Panthers at #3 Detroit Lions (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 4:30PM – #5 Denver Broncos at #4 Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

*Also known as the “Brad Nessler Game.”

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 @ 4:30PM – DET/DAL/SF at #2 New Orleans (FOX)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 @ 8PM – IND/CIN/DEN at #2 New England (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 1PM – CIN/DEN/NYJ at #1 Kansas City (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 4:30PM – DAL/SF/CAR at #1 Seattle (FOX)

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