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Rodgers' return takes heat off defense for playoffs

10:02 PM, Dec. 30, 2013
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields intercepts a Hail Mary pass from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to end Sunday's game at Soldier Field. After producing just 10 takeaways in the first 11 weeks, the Packers defense has generated 11 in its last five games. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields intercepts a Hail Mary pass from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to end Sunday's game at Soldier Field. After producing just 10 takeaways in the first 11 weeks, the Packers defense has generated 11 in its last five games. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
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The bad news for the Green Bay Packers is they have allowed more points this season than any other team in the playoffs.

Beyond giving up an average of 26.8 points per game, the Packers defense has allowed an average of 372.2 yards per game, which ranks No. 25 in the NFL. Only No. 26 New England and No. 29 Philadelphia have worse-ranked defenses among postseason qualifiers.

If it's true defense wins championships, how are the Packers supposed to advance deep in an NFC playoff field that features four of the top five defenses in the league, including No. 1 Seattle, No. 2 Carolina, No. 4 New Orleans and ...

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