MILWAUKEE -- Never mind the weather forecast for Soldier Field next Sunday. The NFL's most historic rivalry just became a lot hotter.
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That became a reality Sunday, when Chicago beat Seattle to set up one of the juiciest conference championship matchups in recent memory.
"(It's) going down," Finley posted on his Twitter account Sunday afternoon.
"Oh, we have what it takes," Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson said after Saturday night's game. "Make no mistake about that. It's just about going out and executing."
"We're a championship-caliber football team, we talked about that before the Philadelphia game," McCarthy said. "We have 16 quarters on our mind, we've completed eight of them and we have an opportunity to play in four more next week. We feel very good about who we are, the way we played, our brand of football in all three areas, and that's what we're sticking to."
Rodgers played well in beating the Eagles last week, earning his first playoff win as a starter. Then he delivered one of the best performances of his brief-but-impressive career Saturday.
"Yeah, this probably was my best performance, I think (given) the stage that we were on, the importance of this game," Rodgers said. "So yeah, it was a good night."
Rodgers had just five incomplete passes, throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
"He was on fire," McCarthy said. "He likes playing in domes, and you can see why."
Rodgers already had his teammates' confidence, but what they saw Saturday was on another level.
"He played absolutely phenomenal," Jennings said. "The performance he put on tonight, it was a treat to watch him. It was a treat to play with him."
The same was true of the defense, which held Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to 186 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and running back Michael Turner to 39 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Tramon Williams made the play of the game, returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and giving the Packers a 28-14 lead at halftime.
"We're playing our best football," defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. "Guys are hungry out there. We're a good team with a chance of being great. We're playing good ball right now at the right time."
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