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Countdown to Packers-Patriots kickoff

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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As we wait for tonight's Packers-Patriots game to begin, here is a sampling of PackersNews.com preview material surrounding the game: *Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't get through the NFL's concussion protocol and thus will sit out. *Matt Flynn will become the first Packers backup quarterback to start a game in 18 years. If Flynn is feeling the pressure, he isn't showing it. Speaking of backup QBs, here is a photo gallery of Packers backups dating to 1951. Enjoy a trip down memory lane. *Not many teams have gotten the best of the Patriots under Bill Belichick, but Packers GM Ted Thompson pulled it off in the 2009 draft.  *Our 3 keys to the game includes Dom Capers' ability to put defensive pressure on Tom Brady. It won't be easy, but it can be done. *The Packers' offensive line is looking to redeem itself tonight after an abysmal performance against Detroit last week. "We’d like to think that last week was more of an anomaly,” said guard Daryn Colledge, who left last week after the first series with an injury but is expected to start against the Patriots. * Check out our Packers-Patriots preview video right here. *Lost in the shuffle of the Packers' loss to the Lions last week was the most complete performance of the season by the special teams units. *Some interesting numbers from Press-Gazette correspondent Eric Goska: Since 2002 the Belichick-led Patriots are 31-4 against NFC opponents. The four NFC teams that beat the Patriots all forced them into three or four turnovers while committing no more than one themselves. All jumped out front by halftime and never relinquished the lead.

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