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Packers Planning Retirement Ceremony for Brett Favre on Thanksgiving

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers will hold a retirement ceremony of Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey on Thanksgiving, ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports.

Favre was unaware of the arrangement, but is looking forward to it.

"First I've heard of it," Favre said in a text message to "But it doesn't matter anyway as long as the fans are happy with it."

Favre's uniform will be retired on July 18 during his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.

The Packers will host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.

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Browns Sign Cornerback Tramon Williams

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The impressive secondary of the Cleveland Browns just added another playmaker, as the team agreed on a contract with former Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

"Tramon is a really good and consistent player," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "He has had success in this league because he's a pro's pro who believes great preparation leads to great performance. We are very happy to be able to sign a player of his caliber to our secondary."

Williams had spent his entire eight-year career with the Packers, but joins a Browns team that had three members of its secondary -- cornerback Joe Haden, safety Donte Whitner, and safety Tashaun Gipson -- make the Pro Bowl in 2014.

"It's going to be awesome. I'll be glad to join those guys and help those guys with whatever they need," Williams said in a statement. "I see where these guys are going and I think I can help them go to where they want to go. They had a great defense last year with a lot of young guys on the team. I'm a veteran guy and I hope I can take them to another level."

Williams has only missed one game during his career, and recorded 71 tackles in 2014.

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Report: Packers Re-Sign Randall Cobb to Four-Year Deal

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(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers have found a way to keep one of their most electric weapons in Lambeau.

Wide receiver Randall Cobb has agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract with the Packers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Cobb was expected to be the most highly sought after wide receiver on the free agent market. With teams like the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars seeking help at the receiver position and with the most cap space to utilize, Cobb was expected to command around $11-$12 million per season.

Instead, the 24-year-old stays with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Cobb saw a breakout season last year as he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

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Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The top two teams in the NFC North have released two of their most prominent players.

The Detroit Lions will part ways with running back Reggie Bush and the Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Packers. He spent the last nine seasons with the team and is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler with 1,118.

"A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

The move frees up $3.5 million in cap space for Green Bay.

Bush, who signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013, could not stay healthy. He played in 25 games in two seasons with Detroit, missing five this past season as he dealt with a nagging ankle injury. The move frees up $1.7 million in cap space.

The Packers (12-4) won the NFC North last season when they defeated the Lions (11-5) 30-20 in Week 17.

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Packers Release Tight End Brandon Bostick

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- Tight End Brandon Bostick's last play as a member of the Green Bay Packers is one he'll never live down as the team announced they released the third-year player.

"Thankful To Spend The First 3 Years Of My Career In GB. Unfortunately My Time There Has Ended. I Appreciate The Support From Everyone In GB!" Bostick posted on Twitter.

Bostick famously played a pivotal role in the Seattle Seahawks comeback against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Holding a 19-14 lead with just over two minutes left to play, the Seahawks attempted an on-side kick. Bostick tried to recover the kick, but let the ball slip through his hands. Seattle recovered the ball as a result, and the Packers wound up losing the game.

Bostick wasn't even supposed to catch the ball, as he was in to be a blocker for wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The ball wound up bouncing towards him, and he failed to make the play.

Bostick was once viewed as a promising prospect, but failed to yield much success on the field. For his career, he has caught 9 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

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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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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/18/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL NFC Championship: Seattle Seahawks 28 - Green Bay Packers 22 OT 

AFC Championship: New England Patriots 45 - Indianapolis Colts 7

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 95 (20-20) - Toronto Raptors 93 (26-14)

Oklahoma City Thunder 127 (20-20) - Orlando Magic 99 (15-29)

San Antonio Spurs 89 (26-16) - Utah Jazz 69 (14-27)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (15) North Carolina 68 (14-4) - Virginia Tech 53 (8-9)

(23) Northern Iowa 60 (16-2) - Missouri State 46 (8-10)

NHL: New York Rangers 5 (26-13-4; 56pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (26-12-6; 58pts)

Dallas Stars 6 (21-17-7, 49pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 3 (28-15-2, 58pts)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (25-14-8, 58pts) - Phoenix Coyotes 3  (16-24-5, 37pts) - Shootout

Detroit Red Wings 6 (26-11-9, 61pts) - Buffalo Sabres 4 (14-30-3, 31pts)

Golf: Gary Stal wins the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at -19. 

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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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