Wisconsin Teams

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: Oregon State is hiring Wisconsin outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar as defensive coordinator. BeaversEdge.com first reported the move. Tibesar has been a defensive coordinator at Purdue, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, Kansas State and North Dakota. He was passed over for Wisconsin's DC job a few times but did great work with the Badgers' linebackers.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats & Information, the only remaining playoff elimination possibilities this weekend are in the NFC – the Packers (with a Falcons win at Tampa Bay tomorrow night) and the Cowboys (with a loss to the Raiders AND a Falcons win).

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Rodgers could sit if Packers out of playoffs

Aaron Rodgers' return Sunday from his broken right collarbone could be short-lived if the Packers are eliminated from playoff contention with two games to go. Rodgers threw three touchdowns and three interceptions in his first game since Oct. 15.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers was blitzed 31 times Sunday, the most blitzes he's ever faced in a game in his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He threw all three of his interceptions against the blitz. He had three INTs against the blitz in his previous 30 games combined.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Ran into Julius Peppers in the hallway and he said on his sack of Aaron Rodgers, he wanted two things: To get the ball and to make sure Rodgers didn't get hurt. He also said, "Be kind to the guys back there." He clearly feels strongly about the Packers and his three years in Green Bay.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Aaron Rodgers on playing down the stretch: "I'm a competitor. Until they tell me otherwise, I'm expecting to play."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers on whether he will play next week: "I'm going to see how I feel tomorrow and go from there." He wouldn't say whether being eliminated from the playoffs would change that.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers was "disappointed" in his performance. "Felt fine, I just missed some throws I'm used to hitting," he said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy wouldn't say if Aaron Rodgers would continue to play if the Packers are eliminated from the playoff race. "Let's focus on today," McCarthy said. "We'll get back and assess it."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey finished with 136 total yards and a TD on 18 touches in the win over the Packers. Carolina created matchups with McCaffrey in the passing game from multiple alignments. And McCaffrey also led the team in rushing with 63 yards.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers would be eliminated from postseason consideration if the Falcons beat the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. What do the Packers do with Aaron Rodgers then?

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Geronimo Allison' fumble wouldn't have happened had Davante Adams not been knocked out of the game by Thomas Davis, who was talking to Aaron Rodgers after the play.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mason Crosby has had six onside kicks recovered since 2010, most in the NFL in that time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.