GREEN BAY, WIS — Future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are set to square off in a colossal NFC Championship Game bout with everything on the line, including the entire state of Wisconsin’s emotional stability.
The top-seeded Packers enter the game as slight favorites after a convincing win against the Rams’ top defense last week. Rodgers threw for two touchdowns while Aaron Jones added over 100 yards of total offense and one score. Meanwhile, Wisconsinites posted season-high numbers in euphoria and lofty expectations as the team advanced one step closer to the Super Bowl.
“This was a great win against a great team,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after the game. “We were productive in all three phases of the game, and our fans did a great job winning their one-on-one matchups against Disappointment and Depression.”
Emotional all-pros Disappointment and Depression had career years this season, obliterating the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, and most of the NFC East. Combined, the duo produced millions of mental pressures, hope turnovers, and happiness interceptions. However, throughout a 13-win season and deep playoff run, Packers fans have minimized their impact, blocking well along the offensive mind and giving up very few triggers for a loss or roughing the spouse calls.
Sunday is sure to provide an even greater emotional test as Brady leads a potent Buccaneers offense into Lambeau Field with a Super Bowl appearance up for grabs.
“We’re ready. This is what we entered the season looking to do. We’ve been grinding day in and day out, and now we have an opportunity,” said Larry Davies, who was voted First Team All-Pro at the fan position for the fourth consecutive season. “We stress every day in practice to get overly attached to outcomes, build expectations unreasonably high, and demand a win in every game of every season or else fall into a bottomless pit of emotional turmoil.”
A savvy veteran with numerous postseason appearances under his belt, Davies has the experience and emotional fortitude to weather the ups a championship game can bring. He brings the wisdom of experience and an irrationally optimistic calm that he hopes rubs off on his fellow fans.
“At the end of the day, we’re watching football. It’s a game. We’re blessed with the opportunity to either win or not lose,” Davies continued. “Do the Packers need to win? No, I don’t need that. They just have to win.”
Reporter Greg Lovell contributed to this article.