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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Aaron Rodgers is now 36 years old and still he has made it to only one Super Bowl.
With his Green Bay Packers’ 37-20 loss here to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game, another season ends short of the NFL’s title-game spectacle for the elite passer.
At least he was able to see the positive shortly afterward, at his post-game news conference.
That the Packers now have young, impact playmakers on both sides of the ball bodes well for the future, he said.
“The window is open for us and that’s the exciting thing,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t make this feeling any easier, but that is very exciting moving forward.”
Rodgers and the Pack attack was stone-cold stopped in the first half by a Niners defence that might still be underrated. In falling behind 27-0 at halftime, Rodgers was held to just 64 yards throwing (on 9-of-12 completions), was sacked twice, threw one bad pick and failed to complete a single third-down throw.
But Rodgers did catch fire thereafter, completing 22-of-27 for 262 yards and two TDs before Pro Bowl 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman intercepted a deep desperation Rodgers heave with 1:48 left.
This was the third consecutive NFC championship game defeat for Rodgers and the Packers, after losing at Seattle five years ago and at Atlanta three years ago.
“I think we’re going to be on the right side of one of these soon,” Rodgers said.
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