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McCarthy says Packers are ‘against the wall’ (0:33)

Packers coach Mike McCarthy expresses his frustrations about his defense’s performance against the Redskins, and with four consecutive losses, says Green Bay has put “their backs against the wall.” (0:33)

LANDOVER, Md. — Reality hit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night: Their season is on the brink after four straight losses.

That was the mood after their 42-24 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. With six games remaining, they’re at 4-6 and two games behind NFC North co-leaders Detroit and Minnesota.

Even if they stop the streak next Monday night at Philadelphia, they’re still going to be two games behind in the division because the Lions and Vikings play this Thursday in the annual Thanksgiving game in Detroit.

“We understand clearly what’s in front of us, so six losses puts your ass against the wall,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “And that’s where we are.”

It’s an usual position for a McCarthy-coached team. The Packers’ streak of seven straight playoff appearances is in jeopardy. They haven’t had a losing season since Aaron Rodgers‘ first year as the starting quarterback, 2008.

“Obviously coming in here, we knew we needed this game,” McCarthy said. “This puts us at 4-6, and our backs are up against it. We’ve lost four in a row, lost some guys tonight to injury. It’s important for us to get back home, hopefully assess where we are, move forward and get ready for Philadelphia. Just didn’t play well enough.”

It was another poor performance by the Packers’ defense, which has allowed 30 or more points in four straight games — the first time a Packers’ team has done that since 1953, according to ELIAS. In the last two games, coordinator Dom Capers’ unit as given up 40-plus points.

“Defense we didn’t stop ’em,” McCarthy said. “Our pass defense, we didn’t get off the field. It was touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal in the second half. I think that tells the story.”

Still, McCarthy insisted his team was “going to rally, stick together.”

“We’ve got a good taste of the reaction of our football team to five losses, so clearly understand it’s not going to get any better being at six losses,” McCarthy said.

“So that’s part of the challenge in front of us and I have all the confidence in the world. This is a great group of men, so I don’t question that part of it. But we all need to perform better and we did not get it done tonight.”