#PackersDaily: The Past Is Not Prologue

Aaron chats with Packers fans worldwide as the team begins preparations for Sunday's NFC Championship game in Lambeau against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2021 at 09:53 am

I suspect this will mirror the NFCCG of 2014. Not in precise result, but directionally.

- Packers got walloped by Seattle in the season opener, but showed up for the playoff game.
- Packers will get an early lead
- Packers offense will stall at some point in second half
- Defense will have to fend off a late BUC surge.

Early prediction: 31-26 Packers.

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fansince1959's picture

January 18, 2021 at 10:19 am

very worried about this game---we win if:

1. contain their running game and pressure Brady ALL AFTERNOON
2. commit no turnovers
3. our offensive line dominates the day vs the last time we played them

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Qoojo's picture

January 18, 2021 at 11:01 am

Hopefully, Rodgers will use the first game as a caution. He is smart and will learn from the turnovers of the first game. Packers take care of the ball, then Packers win.

The worst part of this week is we have to listen to all the talk about the weather. Fox was already playing it up too much.

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Crankbait's picture

January 18, 2021 at 03:33 pm

The weather is not going to be a factor if it is in the 20s with no wind. Biggest factor in the game is tackling on the Packers side. They must stop the run .

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Patrick's picture

January 18, 2021 at 11:13 am

Getting beat by brady would be the worst, all of his super bowl rings, first round byes because the whole afc sucked....for some time there, it was...ohh well another brady super bowl appearance, year after year. GO, PACK GO! Take them DOWN!!!! I will be yelling loud enough during this game, anyone reading this will hear me.

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Lphill's picture

January 18, 2021 at 11:16 am

Bucs are a bullying team just like their coach , they got away with a lot yesterday especially 66 who should have been ejected, Packers can't let the Bucs come in and push them around, go after Brady early and often .

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Crankbait's picture

January 18, 2021 at 03:36 pm

Punk team like Seahawks and Steelers. Gotta get nasty right back at them.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 18, 2021 at 08:07 pm

I’ve been pretty much thinking the same thing. It might be helpful for the players to go back and watch the 60s teams on Packers legacy like I did. Need to show TB, from the start, we are the Green Bay Packers!!!! Damn it!

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pacman's picture

January 18, 2021 at 01:23 pm

Not a fan of saying that you don't care who we play, Packers are going to win. Packers certainly should be able to win the way they are playing. But Brady is nothing if not a smart qb and Bucs are a good team. There are some concerns - a soft Pettine D, ST's and as u pointed out, AR throwing some uncharacteristic passes in the last couple weeks that could have easily been 5 picks.

GPG!

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January 18, 2021 at 01:24 pm

Tampa Bay Buc's are a nasty physical team... Matt Lafleur needs to come up with another outstanding offensive game plan. I would to hate to watch the Buc's play in the Super Bowl on their own home field. Just doesn't seem fair. Please embarrass the Buc's on Sunday.

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January 18, 2021 at 06:12 pm

I'd like to see a heavy dose of the smith bros., gary, clark and snacks on the front line---they've got to get after Brady early and often while stopping the run----he doesn't move well in the pocket while blanketing his receivers at the line----maybe play 2 high safety?

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Lphill's picture

January 18, 2021 at 06:35 pm

There is a quote I read online from Devin White who supposedly said after the first meeting that the Packers didn't belong on the same field as them, I am trying to find the source to confirm.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 18, 2021 at 06:43 pm

Devin White is a great player. It sucks for him that the thing that makes him great, his speed, won't be as useful on Sunday as he is used to it being.

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January 19, 2021 at 07:54 am

Yet PFF gave Devin White a 43.6 grade. Hmmm.

Could be the 108.6 passer rating allowed. His missed tackle rate is okay at 9.7%. White did have 140 tackles, 9 sacks and 16 QB hits, but TB also blitzed him 95 times (and they blitzed Lavonte David another 65 times). White and David were both 2nd team All-Pro per Assoc. Press. David is the better player.

For contrast, GB blitzed Martin 12 times, Kirksey 18, and Barnes 16 times for a total of 46 blitzes compared to 160 for White/David.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 18, 2021 at 06:36 pm

The story of the last game vs the Bucs was the same story we saw last week. The team that dominates the trenches usually wins. I have faith that this time around will be different. That was a long time ago in a far off place.

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edp1959's picture

January 19, 2021 at 07:30 am

It is time for the defense to step up and take control of a game and quit putting pressure on the offense to have to score every possession. Show that they have improved as much as some say they have.

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January 19, 2021 at 08:01 am

Nonsense. Half of our opponents failed to score over 21. The pressure is in your mind.

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January 19, 2021 at 10:49 am

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The opponent? Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who won six Super Bowls with New England and has a chance to win a seventh for his new team.

One day after the Packers mostly dominated the Los Angeles Rams in a 32-18 victory, the Buccaneers punished the New Orleans Saints 30-20 at the Superdome. The same swarming defense that made life miserable for Rodgers and Co. in October produced four takeaways and made Drew Brees look like an old man.

That set up a made-for-TV showdown between two living legends. Rodgers and Brady will meet for only the fourth time in their illustrious careers. It will be by far the most important, with Green Bays infamous loss at Seattle in the 2014 NFC Championship Game robbing the world of a Rodgers vs. Brady matchup in the Super Bowl. Rodgers desperately wants to win a second Super Bowl. Brady desperately wants to win a Super Bowl without Bill Belichick.

We ve got to go beat a great football team. Aarons playing incredible. Were going to have to play great to beat them,” Brady told Foxs Erin Andrews after the game.

The early forecast for Sunday is a high of 23 with a chance of snow.

While they never would have admitted it, the Packers probably would have preferred a matchup against Brees and the Saints. Never mind that Green Bay won at New Orleans 37-30 in Week 3 but lost at Tampa Bay 38-10 in Week 6. Brees, who has spent all 20 seasons playing in the warmth of San Diego or the dome in New Orleans, played in only one game with a kickoff temperature of 25 or colder. Brady, meanwhile, is a resounding 15-3.

Almost exactly three months ago, the Packers were outclassed by the Bucs. Coming off its bye, Green Bay raced to a 10-0 lead but Rodgers threw a pick-six and an interception on back-to-back possessions. The Packers never crossed midfield over the final three quarters. They had nine first downs on their first two possessions and four in their final 10.

Might need to add an extra finger to the scotch, but I do feel good about the team,” Rodgers said after a miserable afternoon. Ive played for so long, youre going to have a couple stinkers. I think about the game at New York many years ago [2012] where I hit Jordy (Nelson) on an out-and-up to start the game, and we lost 38-10. Tonight kind of felt like that, unfortunately, where you kind of got off to a nice start and then just nothing. So, I feel really good about our squad. Weve had four really, really good weeks, being efficient, winning, offensively being very explosive, defensively coming up with timely stops.

This is, I believe, an anomaly, not the beginning of a trend. And weve got a chance to prove me right next week.”

Rodgers was proven right again and again. The Packers will enter Sundays championship game with seven consecutive wins.

In a heavyweight showdown on Saturday, Green Bays top-ranked scoring offense overwhelmed the Rams top-ranked scoring defense. It will be a similar challenge on Sunday.

Brees was 19-of-34 passing for just 134 yards. Premier receiver Michael Thomas was shut out on four targets.

Rodgers, of course, is a far better player than Brees at this point in his career. Hes the likely MVP after throwing 48 touchdown passes in the regular season and two more in the playoffs. He led the NFL in passer rating, touchdown passes, completion percentage, touchdown percentage and interception percentage.

Tampa Bays defense is legit. The Bucs finished eighth in points allowed and first against the run with 80.6 yards per game and 3.60 yards per carry. Linebacker Devin White, who had 11 tackles and one interception against the Saints, had 10 tackles, one sack and three tackles for losses against Green Bay. The Bucs had five sacks in the first meeting.

While the reality is it will be Rodgers facing that dominant defense and Green Bays defense contending with the legendary Brady and his deep list of weapons, the hype will be centered on Rodgers vs. Brady – arguably the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

When it comes to big picture and you guys writing your stories and telling that whole story, which I know is a part of it, its two older guys,” Rodgers said before the Week 6 game. Hes a little bit older than I am – hes got me by about six-and-a-half or seven years – but we havent played a lot because hes been in the AFC the majority of his career and Ive been over here.

Hes obviously done it at the highest of levels for so long. Hes been an icon at the position. Hes been somebody that weve all looked up to for so many years as the standard of excellence. I think theres a ton of admiration and respect for the way that hes played the game from so many of us, especially us guys whove been in the same era for so many years with him and gotten to compete with him every now and then being an NFC guy. I think its good that we just enjoy it for what it is, have respect and admiration for the way that we have played over this time, and enjoy where were at in our careers now.”

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