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Rodgers' Red-Hot Play Has Packers in Familiar Form

If the Green Bay Packers’ postseason run is giving you major déjà vu, you’re not alone.

Ahead of their divisional round matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers are the hottest team in the NFL after rattling off seven straight wins. Fresh off a 38-13 thumping of the New York Giants on Wild Card Weekend, the green and gold are looking like a squad no one wants to play.

Sportsbooks opened the Pack as 4-point road underdogs for the game. Since Aaron Rodgers took over under center in 2008, the Packers are 5-1 ATS as postseason underdogs.

Things were looking very bleak not so long ago in Wisconsin. Prior to their Week 12 contest with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Packers were plummeting down the standings with a 4-6 record. Rumors were swirling surrounding head coach Mike McCarthy’s job security, and the seemingly yearly “What’s wrong with Rodgers?” debate was sparking up again.

But just like their Super Bowl run in 2011, the Packers have turned it on when it matters the most. Green Bay’s hot streak started in Week 16 that year when they won six straight games en route to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. All four of those playoff triumphs came on the road.

Green Bay is 6-1 ATS in its last seven, while the 2011 Packers ended the playoffs with an identical 6-1 ATS record.

In what’s perhaps the most daunting statistic for opponents, Rodgers is playing even better right now. The signal-caller has thrown for 19 touchdowns and no interceptions since the aforementioned game against the Eagles. In 2011, Rodgers had 13 touchdowns and two picks from late November up until the divisional round.

In order to be crowned Super Bowl champs for the second time in six years, Green Bay will need to extend its winning streak to nine. It’s no easy feat, but if recent history can teach us anything, it’s that you should never count out Aaron Rodgers when the majority of the football world already has.

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