With the Packers already locked into their No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs, I wouldn’t expect quarterback Aaron Rodgers to play the whole way Sunday vs. the Lions. And though it makes sense that Green Bay would want to play him some -- you don’t want the guy not to play for two-straight weeks -- it sounds like the Packers are pondering not using him at all.
“The most important thing with Aaron is he’s ready to play,” coach Mike McCarthy said, via the Packers official website. “Whether he starts, we’ll talk about that today.”
McCarthy, though, might have given a little hint when he said this, “I want to see Matt Flynn play like he did in New England, but take it a step further -- win the game."
Flynn, of course, is Rodgers’ backup quarterback who nearly beat the Patriots last season. He was ultra-impressive, completing 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and though New England pulled out the win, I blamed the Packers coaching staff for its disorganization in the final half-minute and not Flynn.
Either way, Flynn, though we still don’t know that much about him, drew some trade interest in the offseason -- enough where McCarthy said he wasn’t letting go of Flynn -- and obviously would like to show what he can do against a potentially-scary Lions defense.
If he gets the chance to play, that is. Which, sounds like, he probably will.
“I’m not really trying to go out there and prove anything to anybody or the rest of the NFL,” Flynn said. “I’m going to go out there and try to win the game. My job as the backup is to do my best to not let there be too much of a drop-off at the position.
“Go in there, execute the offense, move the chains and put points up. That’s my job, and that’s all it should be.”
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