GREEN BAY, Wis. Aaron Rodgers said he felt "locked in" long before he would survive 243 yards, two touchdowns, and a few key third-down completions to help Packers win a 28-23 win over the Seahawks on Sunday Lambeau Field in an NFC Divisional Playoff game.
"I felt really locked up as of Wednesday," said Rodgers when the Packers (14-3) rose to the NFC Championship game on Sunday, where they will play against the 49ers for a spot in the Super Bowl LIV. "I felt very good all day. I felt that it would be one of those performances tonight. It was one of those feelings that creeps in when you warm up when you feel like you're locked up. It is fun when it is translated in the field. "
Rodgers was almost overshadowed by Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson, who freed his team from a 21: 3 halftime deficit and prepared for a possible game-winning trip before being relegated to third place. The Seahawks had to sting, and it was Rodgers' classic car that burned the last 2:32.
He threw a perfect pass on Davante Adams, who won 22 32 yards from Packers on Third-and-8. He later joined tight-end Jimmy Graham for a 9-yard win on Third-and-9. Ballgame.
"These are the moments that you work for in the off-season and that you think about, a chance to misplace a game," said Rodgers, adding, "Winning is always satisfying. But there are moments in the season that are higher are different than others, and this is obviously one of those moments when I knew that because of the way their offense moved the ball, I had to play some games. ”
Rodgers completed 16 of 27 passes, including 20 and 40 meter touchdown throws to Adams, who had caught eight passes for a 160 meter playoff franchise record. The Packers were in third place all night, switching 9-out of 14.
"I felt good with all the throws tonight," said Rodgers. "I felt good when the ball came out of my hand."
The win was typical of the Packers season, not exactly a nice thing, but effective.
"It doesn't have to be nice," said Rodgers. "But we closed games. Our defense gave up a few goals in the second half but made a big stop and we put the drive together to end the game. It is special. It was a good feeling."
Rodgers, in his 15th season, was a bit nostalgic and admitted that he was in the second quarter to soak up the atmosphere at Lambeau Field.
"It was a special moment when the whole stadium waved these white towels," he said. “At that moment I was grateful for the opportunity and loved what I do. There's nothing like having the ball in your hand when 78,000 people or at least most of them cheer you on. "
After the game, Seahawks, who ran back to Marshawn Lynch, went into the Packers' locker room to exchange their jerseys with Rodgers. The two played together in California in 2004.
"He is one of my all time favorite teammates," said Rodgers. “He just has an incredible personality and charisma. It's so much fun to be with him. I have a certain respect for him and his career. "