The North is not enough: Packers have eyes on bye, home field in playoffs

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MINNEAPOLIS – There was an interesting juxtaposition for the players in a celebratory Green Bay Packers locker room inside U.S. Bank Stadium late Monday night. The dark hats they wore represented the NFC North championship they clinched with a 23-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the first since 2016.

Below, however, was a green T-shirt with the slogan “The North is not enough” to represent what lies ahead in short order in Detroit on Sunday.

“We just want to take this thing to the next level,” wide receiver Davante Adams said. “Everybody’s in the right mind frame. Nobody’s happy exactly where we are right now. Definitely happy in the moment but it’s time to turn this thing on and keep it moving.”

The playoffs were clinched a week ago, which was step one. The division crown was a preseason goal, and another step on the path to what several veterans are saying could be a special finish. The next move is a win against the 3-11-1 Lions on Sunday to clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

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Along with that comes a week off, and then at least one home playoff game at Lambeau Field.

“Obviously, our goal is…

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