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Sunday, January 12, 2020 1:00 am

Rodgers looking to make most of waning chances

KEITH JENKINS | Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl nearly a decade ago.

The time to capture a second is running out.

“It's on my mind every day,” Rodgers said. “I'm 36, I know what this is all about. This is an important opportunity for us. I feel like I got a lot of really good years left, but you never know. A lot of things happen year to year. We've had some great teams that have been an injury away or a play away from being special, so I want to make the most of this opportunity.”

Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks in today's NFC divisional playoff game. It will be the first postseason appearance for Rodgers in three years.

Lack of experience

The biggest issue for the Packers is playoff experience, or a lack thereof. There are only four players left from the 2010 Super Bowl team and seven from the 2014 team that lost to the Seahawks in the NFC championship game in Seattle. Matt LaFleur is also preparing for his first playoff test as a head coach.

Can you Diggs it?

No one has more experience on Seattle's roster playing against Rodgers than safety Quandre Diggs. Until the middle of this season, Diggs faced Rodgers twice a year as part of the Detroit secondary.

Even though it's a changed offense from what he played against in the past, Diggs is still being leaned on by teammates for little tips on how to try and slow down Rodgers.

“He is a really smart guy and any knowledge that he has is always good to gain,” Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said.

The encore

DK Metcalf had quite the debut to the NFL playoffs. Metcalf set an NFL rookie playoff record with 160 yards receiving last week against the Eagles. Metcalf had a season-high seven catches and pulled in a 53-yard touchdown in the second half that gave Seattle an 11-point lead. He also had a 36-yard catch on Seattle's final possession to seal the victory.

“(Metcalf is) just a big, physical, fast, young receiver who I think is going to be a really, really good one,” LaFleur said of the 6-foot-4, 229-pound second-round pick from Ole Miss.

Lambeau trouble

The Seahawks are 8-1 on the road this season, including a 17-9 win in Philadelphia in the wild-card round, but have lost eight straight at Lambeau Field and are 1-9 all time in the Packers' stadium. Wilson is 0-3 as a starter at Lambeau with a passer rating of 60.42. Wilson has completed just 55 of 96 his passes (57.3%) for 604 yards with six interceptions and just three touchdowns.

“I hope there's some carryover,” Packers outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell said of Wilson. “We've had a lot of success against him here and hopefully we can do it again.”


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