The vibes from Aaron Rodgers are all positive heading into the postseason as he seeks the second Super Bowl berth that has eluded him for the last decade.
The 37-year-old Packers quarterback may never have a better chance to get back to the Super Bowl.
Green Bay owns the No. 1 seed in the NFC and the conference’s lone first-round playoff bye. The Packers have won six straight games and finished the regular season 13-3 for a second straight year.
One more victory would give the two-time MVP a chance to do something he’s never done before: play an NFC championship game at home.
Rodgers led Green Bay’s 2010 team to a Super Bowl title as a No. 6 seed that won playoff games at Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago. Three times in the last six seasons, the Packers lost an NFC championship game on the road, including a 37-20 setback at San Francisco a year ago.
Rodgers is seeking the ideal finish to a brilliant season in which he threw a career-high and NFL-leading 48 touchdown passes with only five interceptions. He set single-season franchise records for touchdown passes and completion percentage (.707).
Rodgers has helped the Packers strike gold just about every time they get near the goal line this season.
Green Bay leads the NFL in red-zone offense and have dramatically improved their third-down efficiency. The Packers are converting 49.4% of their third-down situations to rank second in the NFL, behind only Buffalo. Last season they converted 36% of their third-down plays to rank 23rd in the league.
That helps explain why Green Bay is scoring a league-high 31.8 points per game, up from 23.5 last season.