"We are playing for a championship," Packer Head Coach/GM Mike Sherman said.

"> "We are playing for a championship," Packer Head Coach/GM Mike Sherman said.


Playoff picutre clears up today

Today's game vs. the Giants at the Meadowlands can't be called "do-or-die:" Even with a loss, Green Bay already has an invite to the post-season party. But even with the specter of elimination off their backs, the Packers must win if they want the best chance for a triumphant return to the Superdome.<P> "We are playing for a championship," Packer Head Coach/GM Mike Sherman said.<p>

"We're still fighting to win the division," Sherman said. That's our number one goal. That won't change until they tell us we can't fight for it. After this weekend, that's over with, and we either win it or we don't, then we'll set our sights on something else."

The Green Bay Packers will be playing for a home playoff game and possibly the NFC Central title Sunday when they visit the New York Giants.

The Packers head into the season finale as the first wild card, but can still win their first NFC Central title since 1997 with a win today coupled with a loss by the Chicago Bears to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Soldier Field.

Along with the division title would come a first-round bye, but changes are the Bears will beat the Jaguars. So even if keeping an eye on the Bears' score doesn't keep Packer fans on pins and needles, there will still be drama at the Meadowlands with a home playoff game on the line.

That's because if the Bears do win the Central title, the Packers at least control their own wildcard destiny. A win today means GB is the top wildcard and No. 2 San Francisco (11-4) will have to travel to Green Bay next weekend. The Packers have never lost a playoff game at Lambeau Field.

The Pack could salvage a home game even with a loss, as long as SF also loses to the Saints. The Packers own the tiebreaker edge over San Francisco due to a better conference record.

"The most important thing for us right now is to win a champioship. Part of that process is to go to New York and play well, hopefully win a football game against a good football team. I try to treat every game like it's a championship game, to be honest with you.

"Each week I tell them: This is the most important game of your life,"Sherman said. "It may be the last one, or it may be the one that determines our future."

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