Packers beat Rams to punch ticket to NFC title game

Green Bay Packers, Rashan Gary (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Rashan Gary (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Aaron Rodgers got his wish.

For the first time in his career, the Green Bay Packers will host the NFC Championship Game. The Packers put together an impressive performance to overcome a talented Los Angeles Rams team at Lambeau Field on Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles’ No. 1-ranked defense made it a real challenge for Green Bay’s No. 1-ranked offense — particularly in the second half — but the Packers had an answer for everything.

Packers offense unlocks Rams’ top-ranked defense

A lot was made of the Davante Adams-Jalen Ramsey battle. And how the offensive line would stop Aaron Donald.

As they’ve proved all year long, they kept finding ways to get it done.

It all started with the ground game. All three of Green Bay’s running backs contributed.

Aaron Jones carried 14 times for 99 yards and a touchdown including a crucial 60-yard run.

Jamaal Williams put together one of his best performances with the Packers, consistently moving the chains and making key plays. He finished with 12 carries for 54 yards, but the numbers don’t tell the full story.

AJ Dillon also got some opportunities with six carries for 27 yards. He did fumble late on but fortunately Aaron Rodgers scooped it up.

So let’s talk about Rodgers. Up against the league’s best defense, he threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns and ran in another. His 58-yard touchdown to Allen Lazard effectively put the game away.

This was a huge test for Green Bay’s offense. And they delivered to the tune of 484 yards and 32 points.

The defense played its part, too, sacking Jared Goff four times, holding the Rams under 100 yards rushing, and limiting them to just 18 points.

The Packers await either the New Orleans Saints or Tampa Bay Buccaneers in next week’s NFC Championship Game. They’ve already met both teams this season, beating the Saints but losing to the Buccaneers.

This time, it’ll be at Lambeau Field. If the Packers can win one more game at Lambeau, they’ll be on their way to the Super Bowl.