Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre discuss strategy for Packers to beat 49ers
Green Bay Packers legends Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre have discussed the strategy they need to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship game.
Rodgers performed a masterclass against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend to lead the Packers to within one game of the Super Bowl.
But they must now overcome a San Francisco 49ers side who beat them 37-8 back in November.
Favre, a Packers Hall of Famer who won Super Bowl XXXI during his legendary, 16-season stint with the franchise, had his successor on his radio show to discuss the upcoming match-up.
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Speaking to Favre on his SiriusXM NFL Radio Show, Rodgers said: “We know we have to start fast and find a way to get that crowd out of it, just a little quieter.
"Because you know it’s going to be rocking, loud and hostile environment.
“You know, because you’ve played a championship game in San Fran before, in the ’90s, Farvey.”
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“Thanks for reminding me,” Favre, 50, said in a downbeat tone.
“After that the dust is settled. I don’t think it will be very loud,” Favre later added.
“Initially it will. It’s one step away from the Super Bowl so there’s light, flashing, confetti and all kinds of stuff.
“(Key) is being able to overcome that initial circus and get by with something positive, defensively or offensively. Of course they have arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, clutch himself. I think they may surprise a lot of people, I really do.”
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The last game started with a strip-sack fumble on Rodgers on the opening series, but Favre felt a taunting penalty on Davante Adams was the key turning point in the game.
Favre said: “The first drive, Davante Adams got a questionable call against him, a personal foul. I feel that really changed the game.”
Discussing their slow start, Rodgers responded: “We have to start fast. That’s the key. That play was important. That was a (10)-yard gain, we were outside the 40 now, then we get a 15-yarder (penalty) and back inside the 30. Then I fumble and it’s (13) minutes on the clock and it’s 7-0 we’re down.”
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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has warned his side not to underestimate the Packers – and Favre is confident they will avoid complacency.
“I find it hard to believe the 49ers, at all, would underestimate the Packers,” Favre said. “Yeah they beat them soundly. In all honesty that doesn’t mean one-iota at this point.”
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