GREEN BAY, Wis. — Now we all know how Matt LaFleur will get the Green Bay Packers‘ offense prepared for almost any scenario. Because of Aaron Rodgers, now we have a good suggestion what the second-year coach can be doing proper earlier than Sunday’s NFC Championship Sport towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And no, it isn’t an excessive amount of data.
LaFleur apparently would not imagine in TMI.
It was a dialog proper earlier than the closing drive of the primary half in Green Bay’s 32-18 win Saturday over the Los Angeles Rams within the divisional spherical of the playoffs that Rodgers stated after the sport went like this:
“He was telling me earlier than the two-minute drive, ‘Hey I used to be watching two-minute [film cut-ups] earlier than the sport,'” Rodgers stated. “And I used to be like, ‘What? That is what you are doing earlier than the sport?’
“However that is the wonder in him and his model and the employees that now we have, there isn’t any stone left unturned, and generally there’s — like the youngsters say — TMI, however more often than not the knowledge actually helps.”
It actually appeared to assist the top-seeded Packers do what so few groups had accomplished this season: steamroller the Rams’ protection. In matchup of the NFL’s prime scoring offense towards the No. 1 scoring protection, the Packers proved offense can win within the playoffs.
It marked the third time Rodgers has confronted the common season’s No. 1 scoring protection within the playoffs. He improved to 2-1 and scored 30-plus factors in each wins — Saturday evening and Tremendous Bowl XLV towards the Pittsburgh Steelers. The one loss got here within the 2014 NFC title recreation at Seattle (28-22 in additional time). Rodgers turned simply the second quarterback for the reason that AFL-NFL merger to attain 30-plus factors a number of occasions within the postseason towards the highest scoring protection.
It left two inquiries to reply:
How did Rodgers & Co. do it?
And if the Rams could not cease the Packers, then who can?
“No person,” receiver Davante Adams stated in answering the latter.
Adams maintained that solely the Packers themselves — as in their very own errors — can cease them.
“I feel that is been confirmed at this level,” he stated. “[The Rams] have gotten plenty of guys who do issues at a excessive stage and a number of the greatest at their place, however the best way we come collectively is simply completely different than anyone else.”
There have been some tense moments when the Packers did simply what Adams stated. On the identical third-quarter drive, Rodgers overthrew Marquez Valdes-Scantling for what may need been a 92-yard landing, after which Allen Lazard dropped what might have been a 60-yard rating. The Rams scored on the following possession to make it a one-score recreation.
Davante Adams explains to the media what he advised Jalen Ramsey earlier than the sport and clears the air in regards to the confrontation.
Within the fourth quarter, LaFleur and Rodgers went again to the identical play that Lazard dropped, and that point, it was a 58-yard, game-clinching landing — one among two 50-plus-yard performs within the recreation, after the Rams had allowed just one all season.
“To reply is superb and was nice,” Adams stated of Lazard. “The best way our normal is in that room, this workforce, is to make all of them. I form of bought in his s— just a little bit on the sideline simply to remind him, like, ‘Hey, man, I am saying this to you as a result of I do know who you’re as an individual, I know how you reply.’ He isn’t too frightened about. I knew he was going to really feel my ardour and have the ability to come again and reply.”
The Buccaneers, who journey to Lambeau Area for Sunday’s NFC Championship Sport (3:05 p.m. ET, FOX), got here the closest to stopping the Packers this season, however even that was a few of Inexperienced Bay’s personal doing. Up 10-0 in that recreation, Rodgers threw a pick-six — simply the third of his profession and one among two interceptions on the day — resulting in a run of 38 straight points for the Bucs.
The Packers rushed for 188 yards, their most in a playoff recreation below Rodgers. Aaron Jones bought 99 of these, together with 60 on the opening play of the third quarter.
They nullified Donald, who performed barely greater than half (39) of the Rams’ defensive snaps (72) due to a rib damage, with double-teams. They doubled him on 15 of his 21 cross rushes, based on NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, and he did not file a pass-rush win for simply the second time since ESPN started monitoring that stat in 2017.
They nonetheless managed to get Adams 9 catches (for 66 yards and a landing), though he did not get Ramsey the entire recreation like he wished.
And naturally, LaFleur used his trademark pre-snap movement and play-action. Rodgers’ landing to Adams was arrange by movement, and the landing to Lazard was a deep shot off play-action.
“I feel it simply reveals that we’re a superb offense,” Jones stated.
That may be understating it.