Humbled Packers still in playoff hunt

    2012-11-26 20:57

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers' playoff hopes remained mostly intact following Sunday's blowout loss at the New York Giants.

``Everything we want to accomplish is still in front of us and that'll be our focus,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said following the 38-10 loss. I believe in what we're about as a football team.''

In a departure from normal protocol, McCarthy did not conduct his customary day-after-the-game news conference Monday.

As ugly as the performance might have been against the same team that ended its 15-1 season with an NFC Divisional Playoff victory at Lambeau Field last Jan. 15, the Packers still have ample opportunity to win the NFC North title and set themselves up for a playoff run. They might not land a first-round playoff bye like they did last year. Then again, that didn't do them much good anyway.

With the loss, the Packers (7-4) fell one game behind the Chicago Bears (8-3) in the division. They're presently tied with the Giants (7-4) for the fourth-best record in the NFC, behind Atlanta (10-1), San Francisco (8-2-1) and the Bears. If the season ended today, the Packers would be the NFC's No. 5 seed and would return to MetLife Stadium to face the Giants, who have a two-game lead in the NFC East.