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Packers carve up Rams to reach NFC title game

Field Level Media
17 Jan 2021, 10:55 GMT+10

Aaron Rodgers threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, including the game-clinching 58-yard strike to Allen Lazard, as the top-seeded Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC championship game with a 32-18 win over the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Rodgers and Lazard hooked up for the big play off play-action with 6:52 left in the game, the capper of a game where Green Bay's top-ranked offense whipped Los Angeles' top-ranked defense. The Packers gained 484 yards, scoring on their first five possessions and controlling the ball for 36:12.

Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes and also ran for a score. Green Bay will host either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or New Orleans Saints, who play on Sunday in New Orleans, on January 24 with a spot in the Super Bowl at stake.

The sixth-seeded Rams drew within 25-18 late in the third quarter on Cam Akers' powerful 7-yard run and a two-point conversion, but couldn't produce the equalizer on a day in which they totaled just 244 yards.

Jared Goff hit 21 of 27 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown for Los Angeles. Goff, playing with a thumb injury that kept him out of the starting lineup for last week's wild-card win in Seattle, absorbed four sacks.

Mason Crosby's 24-yard field goal with 8:39 left in the first quarter initiated the scoring. After Matt Gay drilled a 37-yarder just over four minutes later for the Rams, the Packers chewed up nearly eight minutes on a drive that ended with Rodgers' 1-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams.

Rodgers capped the next march with a 1-yard run, using a pump fake to get Leonard Floyd out of position to make a tackle, to make it 16-3 with 3:29 remaining in the half. Los Angeles pulled within 16-10 on Goff's 4-yard scoring strike to Van Jefferson 29 seconds before halftime.

But Green Bay came up with the half's last word, driving 54 yards to set up Crosby for a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give it a 19-10 advantage at intermission.

--Field Level Media

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