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It’s been four years but the Green Bay Packers are one win away from playing in the Super Bowl.

Behind some late-game heroics from Aaron Rodgers to ice it, the No. 2 seed Packers edged a game fifth-seeded Seahawks squad at home, 28-23, to earn their first NFC Championship appearance since 2016.

Next up for the Packers will be a huge showdown against the top-seeded 49ers at Levi’s Stadium with the NFC Championship and a spot in Super Bowl LIV on the line (Jan. 19, 6:40 p.m./ET on FOX).

Here’s what we learned from Green Bay’s win:

1. Would these Packers really win any other way? Green Bay raced out to a big lead and looked like it would cruise to victory, but we should have known better. Seattle battled its way back, making up ground by keeping the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands, but in the end it was a former Seahawk who destroyed Seattle’s hopes with a third-down conversion.

This season’s Packers have rarely won convincingly, and Sunday also didn’t turn a ton of non-believers into born-again Packer fans. That doesn’t matter to them, though, because a win counts the same no matter the style in which it’s achieved. They all look the same in the record book and they taste just as good to the tens of thousands who packed Lambeau Field for this one.

2. We shouldn’t be surprised that Davante Adams was again the one to make a massive play to push the Packers to a victory. Green Bay’s clear-cut No. 1 wideout and star receiver racked up 160 yards and two scores on just eight receptions (math wizards will tell you that’s 20 yards per reception) and made a massive catch on third down late to extend Green Bay’s drive to the two-minute warning and force Seattle to burn its final two timeouts. It was a drop in the bucket — or a bag toss into the cornhole board hole over a wall of six piled-up bags, if you ask Chris Wesseling — and a stellar catch in the Packers’ biggest moment of the season to this point. Would Aaron Rodgers really trust anyone other than Adams? Luckily for him, he didn’t have to, capping a stellar day for the receiver.



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