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Rodgers ran an all-day clinic of precision, athleticism and sleight-of-hand fakes

The Packers have done just that ever since their quarterback stared down the barrel of a four-game losing streak and 4-6 record and strongly suggested they could “run the table.” They’ve won eight in a row, with the Falcons and the NFC Championship Game on deck.

It didn’t matter that his streak of 318 consecutive passes without an interception was snapped Sunday, or that his streak of 24 touchdown passes without an interception — the second-longest streak in NFL history to Brady’s 26 in 2010, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — also died inside AT&T Stadium. Rodgers walked out of the building with a lifetime memory nearly the equal of his one Super Bowl triumph six years ago. “This one’s special,” he said, “more special than we’ve had around here in a while.”
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Game Jersey “Yeah, why not?” he said. “But remember, he’s not out there by himself. I think sometimes people have this perception that the quarterback has to lead the team. No, he doesn’t. He needs to do his job. If he does it exceptionally? Great. If he doesn’t? Guess what? We’ve got running backs, receivers, other guys, a defense and special teams to pick up the slack. It’s a team.”

Still, the tendency in the playoffs — especially at quarterback — is to rise to the proverbial occasion. Ryan admitted he tried to do that earlier in his career, and it was part of his 1-4 playoff record before Saturday’s game. Part of his development, it seems, is not trying to play better in the playoffs than he did during the regular season.

His cool control was never more evident Saturday than in the third quarter, when he backpedaled and held the ball against a Seahawks blitz to give Devonta Freeman just enough time to break away from linebacker Bobby Wagner. The extra time — Ryan didn’t panic and trusted Freeman to get to his spot — sparked a 53-yard gain.