"We just know what it takes to win, and obviously the feeling of being on the other side of that, which we've had," Rodgers said about the importance of postseason experience. "We're pretty hot right now and usually the teams that are hottest and can stay healthy are the teams that are there at the end."
In some ways, this season has a similar feel to the Packers' wild-card run in 2010, when Green Bay also finished the regular season 10-6 and overcame a slew of injuries to win the Super Bowl.
Rodgers is leading the way again: fifteen touchdown passes and no interceptions during the six-game winning streak.
A master at extending plays playing behind a good offensive line, Rodgers is giving receivers time to get open and delivering laser-like throws.
"I just see a guy that's playing with an edge and he's playing with a killer instinct," first-year Giants Coach Ben McAdoo said.
McAdoo should know. He was an offensive assistant under Packers Coach
The Giants beat the Packers 23-20 in overtime in the NFC title game on Jan. 20, 2008. They won 37-20 on Jan. 15, 2012 in the divisional round, defeating a heavily favored Packers team that finished 15-1 in the regular season.
That year was the last time the Giants were in the postseason. Their four-year playoff drought is over after relying on the stingiest defense in the NFC (17.8 points per game) and the playmaking ability of receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
"Feels good to win games during the regular season, and to be in this position," said Manning, who turned 36 on Tuesday. "You definitely want to take advantage of it. You don't know if you get more shots. You know how hard it is after these last years, how hard it is to get here."
Bell is healthy and ready to go
“I am obviously going to be excited, anxious and pumped-up, and I need to keep my energy up, have my teammates feed off my energy, and let them know how important this game is to me,” said Bell, who averaged an
Bell's not the only one. For the first time since their last trip to the Super Bowl six years ago, the Steelers enter the postseason with all their bold-faced names available, most notably wide receiver
"There's no excuses," guard
They'll anchor the Miami Dolphins' front four and try to apply the sort of pressure on Roethlisberger that helped Miami beat Pittsburgh in Week 6.
The 305-pound Suh laughed when asked if defensive tackles get butterflies in such situations. "I had butterflies the first time I was on Heinz Field my rookie year, when I played my first preseason game," he said. "But I definitely won't have them this time around."
York said the primary goal in the search is finding a coach and general manager who can work well together. The Niners got rid of coach Jim Harbaugh following the 2014 season in part because of conflicts with Baalke.
The question is: Will that future be in Denver, where his father, Mike Shanahan, was the Broncos coach from 1998-2008?
Elway and his small search committee met with Shanahan, the 37-year-old