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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Texans 24, Packers 21

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Few thought the Texans could pull off a victory Sunday at frigid Lambeau Field. But the scary part is that Houston's last-second victory shouldn't have been that close. The Texans lost two fumbles deep in Packers territory, and a third near midfield helped set up a Green Bay touchdown.

Those turnovers couldn't hide a Packers defense that continued its second-half collapse. The Texans rolled up a whopping 549 offensive yards on a relatively normal 74 plays, meaning the Texans averaged more than seven yards per play.

The Packers were without linebacker Brandon Chillar and safety Atari Bigby. But no matter who starts for you, it's hard to give up much more than 550 yards in a 60-minute NFL game. This performance should provide a blueprint for the Packers' growing offseason "to-do" list.

And that's where Green Bay appears headed at the end of the regular season. The Packers are not officially out of the NFC North playoff race, but it will take late-season collapses from both Minnesota and Chicago for them to make it. We all have to face it: The Packers are not a playoff-caliber team.