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Cheese Curds, 1/11: Hoping for a better end to Love’s playoff debut than Rodgers’

Rodgers’ first playoff game was one of the most exciting games of the last few decades, but it ended in disappointment. His successor is planning on winning his postseason debut instead.

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Jordan Love will make his postseason debut on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers take on the Dallas Cowboys. So far, the first-year starting quarterback seems to be treating this game as just another one, an extension of the regular season — at least in the way he is preparing for it.

An interesting item from Love’s recent press conference is that he never really talked with his predecessor, Aaron Rodgers, about the latter’s own postseason debut. That game came after the 2009 season, with Rodgers leading a trio of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to force overtime after being down by 14 heading into the final frame.

In that game, Rodgers and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner combined for 9 touchdown passes and more than 800 passing yards, but the indelible memory of that game for Packers fans was in overtime when Rodgers while getting facemasked, fumbled the football and the Cardinals returned it for a game-winning touchdown.

Love and Dak Prescott could put up some fireworks of their own on Sunday when the Packers and Cowboys get together. But Love surely would like to avoid a similar fate to Rodgers in that debut, and perhaps the end of that game is why Rodgers apparently never felt like bringing it up over the three years the two quarterbacks spent together.

How Packers' Jordan Love is staying 'level' for playoff debut - ESPN
Love won't be changing anything about his preparation habits or his approach to Sunday's game, which is something he learned from Rodgers. But he now knows a bit more about Rodgers’ debut than Rodgers himself ever told him.

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