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NFL notes: Packers in awkward position of rooting for Seahawks

Published December 20, 2012 5:38 pm

NFL notes • Win over 49ers may make up for blown call.
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Pay up, Seahawks.

The Green Bay Packers have put the Inaccurate Reception behind them, and they've done their best not to begrudge Seattle the win that really wasn't. But karma has a way of coming back around, and the Seahawks have a chance to put things right this weekend.

"Without looking in the past, we have to root for a team we fell short to," Clay Matthews said Thursday. "So that's how it goes. We'll control our own destiny by winning these out and hopefully we can get some help along the way."

See, San Francisco (10-3-1) is a game ahead of Green Bay (10-4) for the NFC's No. 2 seed and Seattle plays the 49ers on Sunday night. Beat the Niners, and the Seahawks can essentially get the Packers back to where they would have been had replacement referees not blown that call back in September.

Which means that, providing they beat Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, the Packers will find themselves rooting for the Seahawks.

"Yeah, but we'd love to have that bye, be sitting there at the 1 or 2 seed," Aaron Rodgers said. "So at this point, we're trying to have a short memory, kind of rooting for the teams that you need to win."

Around the league

Colts • Coach Chuck Pagano has been medically cleared to return to the team by his physician and could be back as soon as Monday. Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia Sept. 26. The team has gone 8-3 in his absence and is 9-5 overall.

Redskins • Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had a full practice for the second straight day as the team prepares for this week's game against Philadelphia. Griffin missed Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained right knee.

Jets • A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the team will consider all its options regarding beleaguered and benched quarterback Mark Sanchez in the offseason, meaning a trade cannot be ruled out. —

Week 16 schedule

Saturday

• Atlanta at Detroit, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Sunday

• Tennessee at Green Bay, 11 a.m.

• Indianapolis at Kansas City, 11 a.m.

• New Orleans at Dallas, 11 a.m.

• Minnesota at Houston, 11 a.m., Ch. 13

• Oakland at Carolina, 11 a.m.

• Buffalo at Miami, 11 a.m.

• Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.

• New England at Jacksonville,11 a.m.

• Washington at Philadelphia,11 a.m.

• St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 11 a.m.

• San Diego at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m.

• Cleveland at Denver, 2:05 p.m., Ch. 2

• Chicago at Arizona, 2:25 p.m.

• N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 13

• San Francisco at Seattle, 6:20 p.m., Ch. 5