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Clements Takes Over Offensive Play Calling Duties for Packers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has given up his offensive play calling duties to former offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who has also been promoted to associate head coach (offense).

McCarthy had been the Packers offensive play-caller since 2006, when he became the team's head coach.

"This is the time to do it," McCarthy said Thursday. "I think our staff's ready. I think it's an opportunity for guys to grow. And it's an opportunity for them to make an impact. I feel we'll be better offensively from that."

From 2004-05, Clements served as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator and called the team's plays.

"When he told me about it, I was excited," Clements said. "It's a great opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it."

Edgar Bennett was promoted from receivers coach to offensive coordinator.

The Packers went 12-4 last season, reaching the NFC Championship Game before blowing a late lead to the Seattle Seahawks and losing.

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Rodgers Wins Second MVP

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the NFL's Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career Saturday night.

Rodgers received 31 of the 50 votes, blowing away second place finisher J.J. Watt, who received 13 votes.

The 31-year-old Rodgers finished the regular season with 38 touchdowns compared to five interceptions. He also led the Packers to a 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers becomes just the ninth player to win multiple MVP awards.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each received two votes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner received one vote a piece.

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Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: 'Will Hurt for a While'

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Green Bay Packers let one get away on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay had a 19-7 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game before Russell Wilson, a huge onside kick, and Marshawn Lynch erased that deficit.

Rodgers was seeking his second Super Bowl appearance of his career, the last came in 2012 against the Steelers.

"This one's going to hurt for a while because of the close proximity to feeling that feeling when the clock hits zero when you're ahead," Rodgers said of the stunning loss.  "We gave it away."

Following Wilson's one-yard touchdown run, the Seahawks went with an onside kick that Brandon Bostwick let go through his hands to give them the ball back with 2:13 left in the game, which set up the Lynch 24-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

"Just have to move on I guess," Bostwick said of not recovering the onside kick.  "I don't really know what to say."

"I just reacted and thought I'd make a play on it, but obviously I didn't," Bostwick continued.

Had it not been for Mason Crosby's fifth field goal of the game with 14 seconds left to tie things up, the Packers' season would have ended sooner.

Seattle won the coin toss in overtime and Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown to end the game.

"If I played a really bad game, yeah, it'd eat at me all offseason," Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, who was covering Kearse.  "I don't feel that I played bad at all.  I feel that I played that I played a good game."

"The guy at the end of the game made a play," Williams continued.  "You've got to give him his credibility."

Green Bay is now 3-3 in NFC Championship games.  They have five Super Bowl titles in franchise history.

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Seahawks Stun Packers in OT, 28-22, Will Defend Super Bowl Title

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks are headed back to defend their Super Bowl title on Feb. 1 after they came back from 19-7 down to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a career-high four interceptions, but pulled them within five on a rushing touchdown with 2:09 left in the game.

Following the score, Seattle went with an onside kick that Chris Matthews recovered, which set up Marshawn Lynch's 24-yard rushing touchdown with 1:25 left in the game.  Wilson would hit Luke Wilson in the end zone for the two-point conversion to take a three point lead.

Mason Crosby's 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left tied the game up before Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to end the game.

Lynch rushed for 157 yards in the victory to go along with the touchdown.  Wilson finished the game with 209 yards, the rushing touchdown, and game winning pass to Kearse.

"To go play in the Super Bowl back-to-back years when everybody thought we were out when we were 3-3, at 6-4, in this game, you just trust the experience," Wilson said.  "You trust the guys you have around you and you have faith in the people around you."

"I'm just grateful that God put me in this place to play with this football team," Wilson continued.  "It's a tremendous honor."

The Packers offense failed to convert on offense early in the first quarter and settled for two field goals.

Aaron Rodgers finished with two picks, a touchdown, and threw for 178 yards in the loss.

Seattle has now won nine in a row at Century Link in the postseason and are the first team to repeat as conference champions since the New England Patriots ten years ago.

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Aaron Rodgers: 'I Got to Play Really Well' to Beat Seattle

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers will square off with the Seattle Seahawks for the third time in the playoffs on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

This is the first time that they'll play each other with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still battling a strained left calf, but he said on Friday that he plans on being on the field at Century Link.

"I got to play really well," Rodgers said in order to knock off the defending Super Bowl champions.  "You got to take care of the football, play great defense, you got to complete passes, move the chains, score touchdowns in the red zone, but that's no different than any road game against a good football team."

"We've played a lot of them this year, we've had our ups and downs," Rodgers continued.  "We've won some close games, we lost some, but we've competed all the way."

The Packers are 3-2 in NFC Championship games and have won the last two they played on the road.

"You'd like to win a couple more," Rodgers said of only having one Super Bowl ring.  "That's when you really kind of cement your legacy and do something really special; It'd be great to add a couple more trophies."

Green Bay is playing in their third NFC Championship game in the past eight seasons.

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Packers Defeat Cowboys 26-21, Advance to NFC Championship Game

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- The Green Bay Packers are going to the NFC Championship Game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Packers took down the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 thanks to some late magic from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Despite playing on an injured calf, Rodgers played inspired football. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 316 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

The play of the game arguably came late in the fourth quarter when it appeared that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caught a pass from Tony Romo at one-yard-line on fourth-and-2. After a review from the officials, the play was reversed.

"Well, I was happy it went the right way," Rodgers said of the reversal. "That's one of those plays that could go either way."

Packers running back Eddie Lacy had a big game on the ground as he rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries. Rookie wide receiver Davante Adams led the Packers with 117 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.

The Packers will travel to Seattle next Sunday to face the Seahawks for the right to play in the Super Bowl.

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Packers' Aaron Rodgers Listed as Probable for Cowboys

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is listed as probable with a left calf strain for Sunday's divisional game against the Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers looked good moving around in practice on Thursday and was confident that he will play.

"Feels good today," McCarthy said on Friday.  "He's progressing forward and I feel he'll be available for the game."

Rodgers suffered the injury on Dec. 21 in Tampa and reaggravated the calf during their winner take the NFC North title against the Lions on Dec. 28.

"I think the fact that he went through the opportunity in Tampa, Detroit, where he had to play through a situation where he had to be smart in the pocket, so he has that experience," McCarthy said.

"It's been talked about," McCarthy continued.  "We have a game plan. He looks like he's moving fine to me right now. So, we're not going to change anything, and our approach is how we try and beat Dallas' defense."

Matt Flynn is the backup for Green Bay just in case Rodgers can't suit up or is hurt during the game.

Rodgers said on Wednesday that he would play in the game, that "it's just a matter of how".

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Tony Romo: Not Worried About the Cold at Lambeau Field

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo isn't concerned about the frigid cold that his team will have to face when playing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Both teams are meeting in the playoffs in Green Bay for the first time since 1967 in the famous "Ice Bowl" game.

"There's subtle changes," Romo said of playing in the cold.  "I grew up in Wisconsin and played at Eastern Illinois, so we played in plenty of games like that.  You just learn through experience and through years."

"There's little things that can help you," Romo continued. "It's just part of playing in the conditions."

The Cowboys are looking for their first NFC Championship appearance since Jan. 14, 1996 when they defeated the Packers 38-27 at home.

"Guys like football and guys understand the history and tradition of the NFL and the Cowboys and Packers," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said this week.  "It's an exciting game to be a part of."

Game time temperature for Sunday's game is 15 degrees with a wild chill that will make it feel like six degrees.

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Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has not practiced since re-injuring his left calf on Dec. 28 against the Detroit Lions, says he will be ready to play Sunday when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC divisional playoff game.

"I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said Wednesday. "It's just a matter of how."

Rodgers missed the Packers' two practices last week during the bye as well as practice Wednesday. Despite that, there still is a chance Rodgers could practice Thursday.

"It just kind of depends on how it feels," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I met with Doc. I've seen him every day. Nothing really changed on the schedule. This was kind of the plan from the start. It's progressing, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Rodgers has started all 16 games for the Packers (12-4) this season. During that time, he's completed 65.6% of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.

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Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after being suspended for Detroit's upcoming wild card game against Dallas, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh won his appeal and will play in the teams playoff game on Sunday.

The decision, handed down by appeals officer Ted Cottrell, came on Tuesday but also carried with it some bad news.

Suh was fined $70,000 for stepping on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's regular season finale. Cottrell agreed with league official Merton Hanks that Suh violated the player-safety policy but opted to reduce the penalty instead of uphold it.

"The only thing I can say is if you step on something in your everyday life or if you step on somebody on the field, the first reaction seems to be looking back and maybe apologizing with your hands or maybe pulling your foot back right away, and I'm just not sure that's what happened on Sunday," Rodgers said Tuesday.

The four-time Pro Bowler may also have a new guideline to thank for his ability to compete in the postseason. Due to a modified repeat offender policy, players are taken off the "repeat offender" list 32 weeks after their previous violation. For Suh, that came in Week 1 of 2013 when he was fined $100,000 for an illegal chop block on Minnesota Vikings player John Sullivan. The 32-week reprieve game after Week 16, and included two preseason games.

In his five seasons, Suh has been penalized 38 times, more than any other player in the NFL since 2010, and has also been fined in excess of $200,000.

The Lions visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFC's wild card round. It is the first postseason appearance by Detroit since 2011.

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