Constrained to the confines of a tight pocket by an unwillingness to test his strained calf, Rodgers was a sitting duck for the majority of a 90-yard first half. His arm strength and accuracy suffered from an inability to incorporate his legs into his throwing motion.
Despite obvious physical limitations, Rodgers provided two glimpses of hope for the Lambeau Field faithful.
He climbed a muddy pocket, threw off his one good leg and hit Andrew Quarless for a 4-yard touchdown to cap off the opening drive. Ineffective for the next quarter and a half, he still managed to give the Packers a six-point swing entering halftime. With less than 30 seconds on the clock, Rodgers uncorked a 31-yard laser to Randall Cobb, setting up a Mason Crosby field goal to answer Dan Bailey's miss.
Suddenly gaining a semblance of mobility, Rodgers recaptured dominant regular-season, zipping perfect passes into tight coverage.
Three weeks after suffering a two-month injury, Rodgers will enter the NFC Championship Game against the most dominant defense of a generation.
The strained calf will be a factor, but Rodgers proved Sunday that he can still channel MVP form for quarters at a time.