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Jordy Nelson is out against the Cowboys, and the Packers playoff hopes just took a blow

The Green Bay Packers' chances against the Dallas Cowboys in their divisional playoff game on Sunday just took a big blow.

It was announced on Friday that Packers receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the game after being unable to go through practice during the week.

Nelson took a big hit from New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall last Sunday and reportedly fractured multiple ribs. He left the game and did not return.

The Packers said that Nelson's status would be determined on Saturday if he was able to go through practice. However, after not practicing all week, it appears Nelson is not recovered enough to play.

Related: FiveThirtyEight's Super Bowl odds:

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Each team's odds of winning the Super Bowl, via FiveThirtyEight
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Each team's odds of winning the Super Bowl, via FiveThirtyEight

Detroit Lions (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: <1%

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Houston Texans (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: <1%

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: <1%

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

Oakland Raiders (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 2%

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

New York Giants (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 2%

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 5%

(Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 5%

(Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Seattle Seahawks (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 5%

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 14%

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 14%

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 16%

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

New England Patriots

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 35%

(Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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It's a big loss for the Packers, as they lose their top receiver. Nelson, in a comeback year after missing the 2015 season with a torn ACL, accumulated 97 catches, over 1,200 yards, and 14 touchdowns this season. Even at 31, returning from a major knee injury, Nelson is perhaps the Packers' best deep threat.

Of course, Rodgers functioned fine without Nelson against the Giants, throwing for 362 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. However, with Nelson out, the Cowboys will be able to monitor the likes of Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Jared Cook a little bit easier.

Against a Cowboys defense that ranked 18th against the pass, the Packers are going to have to rely on Aaron Rodgers' magic even more if they want to make it to the NFC title game.

The best photos from last weekend's games:

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Each team's odds of winning the Super Bowl, via FiveThirtyEight
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Each team's odds of winning the Super Bowl, via FiveThirtyEight

Detroit Lions (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: <1%

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Houston Texans (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: <1%

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: <1%

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

Oakland Raiders (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 2%

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

New York Giants (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 2%

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 5%

(Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 5%

(Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Seattle Seahawks (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 5%

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 14%

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 14%

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs (eliminated)

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 16%

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

New England Patriots

Chances to win Super Bowl LI: 35%

(Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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