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Aaron Rodgers out for Week 16 game vs. Steelers

The Packers will go their seventh straight game without their star quarterback when they host Pittsburgh Sunday.

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Outside of the weather and the rosters, not even the starting quarterbacks will be the same in Sunday's rematch of Super Bowl XLV.

The Packers announced, as part of an "organizational decision," quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play against Pittsburgh in Week 16. Rodgers has missed the team's last six games, and their third quarterback of that time, Matt Flynn, will again get the nod.

Flynn helped lead the Packers to a thrilling 37-36 win over Dallas in Week 15, marking a 23-point comeback in the second half.

The Packers are 2-4-1 in their last seven games, but still are competing for a fairly open NFC North championship. They trail Chicago by one half a game for the division title, and need to win to keep pace with the Bears, their Week 17 opponents.

Rodgers, the league's MVP in 2011, fractured his collarbone Nov. 4 in a 27-20 loss to Chicago. The Packers' offense has been largely stagnant since his injury, having scored 121 points in those seven games - 20.1 points a game. Green Bay is the league's best offensive team over the last three years when Rodgers starts.

Green Bay will also be without DE John Jolly in this game - one in which both teams need for any sort of hope at the post season.