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Packers' edge: Rodgers, offense at home in dome

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:48 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2011


DALLAS » Here's the real inside story of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense: While everybody thinks of them as a cold-weather team from a land of ice fishing and snowmobiles, they're really more at home in a dome.

The retractable roof on Cowboys Stadium will be closed for today's Super Bowl, something Rodgers openly wished for when the Packers landed in north Texas this week. Rodgers knows that when the Packers are out of the elements, it's the opposing defense that starts to get the chills.

"I'm hoping they put the top on," Rodgers said.

The way Green Bay's precise, pass-first offense can move the ball and pile up points when players don't have to worry about wind or sloppy footing, even the Steelers' stingy defense will be scrambling to keep up. Pittsburgh might have big hitters, but it's hard to hit what you can't catch.

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Just ask the Atlanta Falcons, who had been nearly unbeatable in the Georgia Dome until they gave up 442 yards in a 48-21 playoff loss to the Packers last month.

"You look at our group of receivers, we do not like playing in cold weather," Donald Driver said. "We do (it), we don't have a choice. If you had to ask a guy, what would he choose, to play inside or outside? I think most guys would play indoors."

Since Mike McCarthy took over as coach in 2006, Green Bay is 11-6 in dome games, including the playoffs. Green Bay has averaged 381.6 yards and 30.6 points in those games.

Rodgers has played 12 dome games including the playoffs, completing 68.6 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

Linebacker James Harrison said the Steelers are wary of Rodgers under any conditions.

"He's the hottest thing going right now," Harrison said. "His offensive line is doing a great job of protecting him. They're starting to run the ball pretty well. Even when you do get an opportunity to get to him, he evades pressure very well. We're going to have to play an A-plus game to even be competitive with them."

Especially indoors.

Of Rodgers' top five single-game yardage totals, three have come in domes. "Obviously, everyone saw the game down in Atlanta and saw how we could perform," receiver Jordy Nelson said. "We just feel comfortable. I think Aaron feels real comfortable in domes."

 

THE KEY PACKERS

Aaron Rodgers
» QB (12), 6-2, 225, 6th season, California
Has had superb season, best since he became starter, replacing Brett Favre in 2008. ... Led NFC with 101.2 rating, third overall. ... Guided Packers to five straight must wins, including three in playoffs to make them second No. 6 seed to make Super Bowl. The other sixth seed was Pittsburgh in 2006. ... Threw for 28 TDs and 11 INTs in regular season; has six TDs, two INTs, 109.2 rating and 71 completion percentage in postseason. ... Also has scrambled for big gains in taking Pack to three straight road victories.

Chad Clifton
» LT (76), 6-5, 320, 11th season, Tennessee
The veteran of O-line who has fought off injuries this season. ... Has been bothered by neck injury recently. ... Second-round pick in 2000 who has started every game he's played (122) since 2003. ... Has huge responsibility protecting Rodgers' blind side against fearsome Steelers rush.

B.J. Raji
» NT (90), 6-2, 337, 2nd season, Boston College
Made one of biggest plays of season for Packers with his INT return for winning points in NFC title game. ... Has progressed far this season. ... Started one game as rookie, all 16 this season, when he had 6 1/2 sacks. ... With Steelers rookie C Maurkice Pouncey out, Raji will be difficult matchup.

Clay Matthews
» LOLB (52), 6-3, 255, 2nd season, Southern California
All-Pro in second season after being considered lesser of three Trojans LBs drafted in 2009. ... Father and grandfather were terrific NFL players and his uncle, Bruce, is in Hall of Fame. ... Like Polamalu, will get looks because of long hair. ... Like Polamalu, Matthews always around the ball. ... Had 60 tackles, 13 1/2 sacks (fourth in league) and an INT return for touchdown.

Charles Woodson
» LCB (21), 6-1, 202, 13th season, Michigan
2009 Defensive Player of the Year, Woodson is force against run and pass. ... Shutdown cover man who pops up all over the field. ... One of Packers' defensive leaders. ... Had career highs of 92 tackles, 76 solo, in 2010. ... After averaging seven INTs in previous four seasons, had two this season as teams avoided throwing his way. ... Threat on blitzes.

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

No. Player Pos Ht Wt
2 Mason Crosby K 6-1 207
6 Graham Harrell QB 6-2 215
8 Tim Masthay P 6-1 200
10 Matt Flynn QB 6-2 225
12 Aaron Rodgers QB 6-2 225
16 Brett Swain WR 6-0 200
20 Atari Bigby S 5-11 213
21 Charles Woodson CB 6-1 202
22 Pat Lee CB 6-0 196
23 Dimitri Nance RB 5-10 218
24 Jarrett Bush CB 6-0 200
26 Charlie Peprah S 5-11 203
28 Brandon Underwood CB 6-1 191
30 John Kuhn RB 6-0 250
32 Brandon Jackson RB 5-10 216
35 Korey Hall RB 6-0 236
36 Nick Collins S 5-11 207
37 Sam Shields CB 5-11 184
38 Tramon Williams CB 5-11 191
40 Josh Gordy CB 5-11 190
44 James Starks RB 6-2 218
45 Quinn Johnson RB 6-1 263
49 Rob Francois LB 6-2 255
50 A.J. Hawk LB 6-1 247
52 Clay Matthews LB 6-3 255
53 Diyral Briggs LB 6-4 230
55 Desmond Bishop LB 6-2 238
57 Matt Wilhelm LB 6-4 245
58 Frank Zombo LB 6-3 254
61 Brett Goode C 6-1 255
62 Evan Dietrich-Smith G 6-2 308
63 Scott Wells C 6-2 300
67 Nick McDonald G 6-4 316
70 T.J. Lang T 6-4 318
71 Josh Sitton G 6-3 318
72 Jason Spitz G 6-3 305
73 Daryn Colledge G 6-4 308
75 Bryan Bulaga T 6-5 314
76 Chad Clifton T 6-5 320
77 Cullen Jenkins DE 6-2 305
79 Ryan Pickett DE 6-2 340
80 Donald Driver WR 6-0 194
81 Andrew Quarless TE 6-4 252
83 Tom Crabtree TE 6-4 245
85 Greg Jennings WR 5-11 198
86 Donald Lee TE 6-4 248
87 Jordy Nelson WR 6-3 217
89 James Jones WR 6-1 208
90 B.J. Raji NT 6-2 337
93 Erik Walden LB 6-2 250
94 Jarius Wynn DE 6-3 285
95 Howard Green DT 6-2 340
98 C.J. Wilson DE 6-3 290

 

REGULAR SEASON

WON 10, LOST 6
Sept. 12 at Philadelphia W, 27-20
Sept. 19 Buffalo W, 34-7
Sept. 27 at Chicago L, 20-17
Oct. 3 Detroit W, 28-26
Oct. 10 at Washington L, 16-13 OT
Oct. 17 Miami L, 23-20 OT
Oct. 24 Minnesota W, 28-24
Oct. 31 at N.Y. Jets W, 9-0
Nov. 7 Dallas W, 45-7
No. 14 BYE
Nov. 21 at Minnesota W, 31-3
Nov. 28 at Atlanta L, 20-17
Dec. 5 San Francisco W, 34-16
Dec. 12 at Detroit L, 7-3
Dec. 19 at New England L, 31-27
Dec. 26 N.Y. Giants W, 45-17
Jan. 2 Chicago W, 10-3
Playoffs
Wild-Card Playoffs
Jan. 9 Philadelphia W, 21-16
Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 15 Atlanta W, 48-21
NFC Championship
Jan. 23 Chicago W, 21-14

 

PAST SUPER BOWL RESULTS

2010--New Orleans (NFC) 31, Indianapolis (AFC) 17
2009--Pittsburgh (AFC) 27, Arizona (NFC) 23
2008--N.Y. Giants (NFC) 17, New England (AFC) 14
2007--Indianapolis (AFC) 29, Chicago (NFC) 17
2006--Pittsburgh (AFC) 21, Seattle (NFC) 10
2005--New England (AFC) 24, Philadelphia (NFC) 21
2004--New England (AFC) 32, Carolina (NFC) 29
2003--Tampa Bay (NFC) 48, Oakland (AFC) 21
2002--New England (AFC) 20, St. Louis (NFC) 17
2001--Baltimore Ravens (AFC) 34, N.Y. Giants (NFC) 7
2000--St. Louis (NFC) 23, Tennessee (AFC) 16
1999--Denver (AFC) 34, Atlanta (NFC) 19
1998--Denver (AFC) 31, Green Bay (NFC) 24
1997--Green Bay (NFC) 35, New England (AFC) 21
1996--Dallas (NFC) 27, Pittsburgh (AFC) 17
1995--San Francisco (NFC) 49, San Diego (AFC) 26
1994--Dallas (NFC) 30, Buffalo (AFC) 13
1993--Dallas (NFC) 52, Buffalo (AFC) 17
1992--Washington (NFC) 37, Buffalo (AFC) 24
1991--N.Y. Giants (NFC) 20, Buffalo (AFC) 19
1990--San Francisco (NFC) 55, Denver (AFC) 10
1989--San Francisco (NFC) 20, Cincinnati (AFC) 16
1988--Washington (NFC) 42, Denver (AFC) 10
1987--N.Y. Giants (NFC) 39, Denver (AFC) 20
1986--Chicago (NFC) 46, New England (AFC) 10
1985--San Francisco (NFC) 38, Miami (AFC) 16
1984--L.A. Raiders (AFC) 38, Washington (NFC) 9
1983--Washington (NFC) 27, Miami (AFC) 17
1982--San Francisco (NFC) 26, Cincinnati (AFC) 21
1981--Oakland (AFC) 27, Philadelphia (NFC) 10
1980--Pittsburgh (AFC) 31, L.A. Rams (NFC) 19
1979--Pittsburgh (AFC) 35, Dallas (NFC) 31
1978--Dallas (NFC) 27, Denver (AFC) 10
1977--Oakland (AFC) 32, Minnesota (NFC) 14
1976--Pittsburgh (AFC) 21, Dallas (NFC) 17
1975--Pittsburgh (AFC) 16, Minnesota (NFC) 6
1974--Miami (AFC) 24, Minnesota (NFC) 7
1973--Miami (AFC) 14, Washington (NFC) 7
1972--Dallas (NFC) 24, Miami (AFC) 3
1971--Baltimore Colts (AFC) 16, Dallas (NFC) 13
1970--Kansas City (AFL) 23, Minnesota (NFL) 7
1969--N.Y. Jets (AFL) 16, Baltimore Colts (NFL) 7
1968--Green Bay (NFL) 33, Oakland (AFL) 14
1967--Green Bay (NFL) 35, Kansas City (AFL) 10

 






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