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Cheese Curds, 1/13: Rodgers’ rebound and Adams’ dominance send Packers to NFCCG

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The Packers’ QB looked like his old self on Sunday night, delivering accurate passes all over the field and coming up huge in the clutch.

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Two weeks ago, Aaron Rodgers looked like a total mess for most of the Green Bay Packers’ week 17 game with the Detroit Lions. Rodgers was missing on deep balls all game, overthrowing his receivers just a touch and failing to connect with open guys. Rodgers went just 3-for-17 on balls thrown over 10 yards downfield, an incredible line for a player who has made a great living throughout his career off an accurate deep ball, especially off play-action.

However, the team was able to win that game, earning a first-round bye and a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. And in that game, Rodgers got his groove back. He hit on every one of his deep passes, most of them going to Davante Adams. The connection between those two players was truly a special thing to behold under the Lambeau Field lights, as Adams set a team record and delivered an even bigger performance than his statistics suggest.

Now the Packers get to head to the Bay Area next weekend for a rematch with a 49ers team that made them look silly on national television in November. But with a defense that still keeps making timely stops and a quarterback who looks to have his mojo back, look for next Sunday’s game to be a much tighter battle.

Davante Adams had a feeling he was in for a memorable night | Packers.com
Adams set a team playoff record with 160 receiving yards on Sunday, and all week he and his teammates had a hunch that a big game was coming. He delivered, making clutch catches on third downs and toasting the Seattle secondary all game long.

Rodgers Gets Hot, and That Gives Packers Hope in Rematch | SI.com
Two weeks after one of his worst games ever -- particularly throwing deep -- Rodgers did not throw an incompletion on a pass more than 10 yards down the field, hitting on all seven such attempts en route to a 113.7 passer rating. That was his sixth-best rating in a postseason game, pushing his career playoff rating to an even 100.

‘We put the world on our shoulders’: Adams, Rodgers propel Packers to brink of Super Bowl – The Athletic
The connection between quarterback and receiver was truly at its height last night, starting early and continuing often throughout the game.

Green Bay Packers had five key third-down plays in win over Seahawks | Packersnews.com
From a quarterback sneak inside the five to a sack on Seattle's final offensive snap to the two big conversions on the final drive, the Packers came up huge on third downs on Sunday night.

Packers TE Jimmy Graham produces clutch plays to help beat former team | Packers Wire
All three of Graham's catches were on third downs, and all three moved the sticks. Of course, he'll be remembered for the final one, landing just at the line-to-gain to give the Packers the ability to kneel out the clock.

Packers enter NFC championship under first-year coach LaFleur - NFL.com
Even in your wildest dreams, was a conference championship game a possibility in LaFleur's first year? He appears to be at the peak of his scheming capabilities now, and the Packers cannot be ruled out, even as a seven-point underdog.

2019 NFL playoffs bracket reset - Schedule and previews for Titans-Chiefs, Packers-49ers | ESPN
In 2014, the Packers were embarrassed on the road in the regular season by the Seahawks, only to dominate for most of the teams' meeting in the NFC Championship Game. With that particular demon now exorcised, can this squad overcome a regular season butt-kicking in San Francisco?

Utah man builds bulletproof stormtrooper suit with 3-D printer | FOX 4 Kansas City
I look forward to the forthcoming video of him suiting up on a shooting range and missing his target with every shot.