Magic Number is 1

The Packers' 16-13 win over the Lions wasn't pretty, but it served a purpose. Thanks to the victory, Green Bay is just one win away from securing a playoff spot.<p>

A win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday would put Green Bay at 9-5 and would clinch at least a wild-card bid. A third-consecutive NFC North title will be on the line the following weekend in Minnesota.

Thanks to a Seattle victory over the Vikings, Green Bay has a one-game lead over the Vikings with three to play. The Packers also have a win over the Vikes, so the best Minnesota can achieve is a split with Green Bay. The Packers have a 7-3 NFC record with two conference games remaining (at Minnesota Dec. 24 and at Chicago Jan. 2). Minnesota, on the other hand, has a 4-5 NFC mark with all three of its remaining games vs. conference opponents (at Detroit, Green Bay and at Washington).

In the event that they do not win the division, the Packers are looking pretty good in the NFC's bizarre wild-card race. Right now the only NFC non-division leader with a winning record is Minnesota at 7-6. Everyone trailing division leaders Philadelphia (12-1), Atlanta (10-3) and Seattle (7-6) have losing records.

Green Bay can actually gain a postseason spot without a win Sunday, although that unlikely scenario involves a tie.

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