Only in 2014, when an NFC Championship game collapse against the Seattle Seahawks prevented the Packers from booking a Super Bowl matchup with Brady and the Patriots, have Green Bay had a team capable of being considered genuine contenders.
"Be yourself. Everybody does things well, but what you do well, just keep doing it", Valdes-Scantling added about Adams' advice. It was an annual conversation the two have shared many times before.
But, that really isn't the story here.
It takes a player willing to put his own accolades aside for the betterment of the team.
The loss of Clinton-Dix may mean fewer splash plays, but it should also mean fewer mistakes and big plays allowed.
"I loved going to Lambeau Field and playing him four years ago", Brady said.
So, on Sunday night, greatness will be on display. If the Patriots defense similarly struggles, we could be in for a real barn-burner. When the spotlight dims and the crowd noise fades.
Last week against the Rams, the Pack ran the ball 19 times for 106 yards.
It's also a match between a well-regarded coach in Green Bay, Mike McCarthy, and a coach regarded as possibly the greatest and the most controversial football coach of all-time, Bill Belichick.
"He's been a phenomenal player in this league, so he's a fun one to watch when you're a younger player and trying to figure out what he's doing", said Aaron Rodgers when asked about Brady. Even more impressive was the way Mitchell Trubisky rebounded from a so-so first half in that game. If he does, how effective will he be? The Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills on Monday night 25-6 to earn their fifth consecutive victory.
With Gronkowski out and Jacob Hollister remaining sidelined, Dwayne Allen is the team's only active tight end. The Patriots have proven over the last few weeks that they can find other ways to score.
In the playoffs Rodgers has the same advantage in TDs and is superior in terms of completion percentage (63.5 to 62.8) and interceptions per game (Brady 0.8, Rodgers 0.6).
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