Matchups for the NFC championship game Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons:
When the Packers (12-6) have the ball:
Aaron Rodgers (12) couldn’t be hotter. After predicting the Packers would rise from 4-6, the quarterback made sure they did with some magnificent work. Expect him to throw plenty against a defense that can rush the passer thanks to All-Pro Vic Beasley Jr. (44), who led the league with 15½ sacks. Atlanta ranked 28th against the pass. Even if top targets WR Jordy Nelson (87) and Davante Adams (17) are sidelined, Rodgers will expect to find WR Randall Cobb (18), RB Ty Montgomery (88), and TEs Richard Rodgers (82) and Jared Cook (89), he of the miracle catch against Dallas.