Morning Buzz: Packers win an instant classic

Aaron Nagler
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy celebrate a touchdown.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

We start with Bob McGinn’s weekly Rating the Packers series coming off of the Packers' victory down in Dallas.

From Bob:

David Irving, perhaps the most talented member of the Cowboys’ eight-man rotation in the D-line, also played the most snaps (45). With his height, long arms and speed, he had been disrupting foes in the last six weeks. Against the Packers’ veterans, he made one tackle and didn’t have a pressure.

The Packers essentially have been in playoff mode since that Monday night in Philadelphia nearly two months ago. Tom Silverstein writes that juggling all the injuries in this playoff stretch is certainly taking its toll.

The third-and-20 conversion from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning kick will go down in Packers lore as one of the great plays in franchise history. Ryan Wood tells the tale of how it came to be.

Ryan also has the incredibly moving story of how Crosby’s kick meant much more than simple advancement in the playoffs for the veteran kicker.

Richard Ryman has the goods on the number of people who watched Sunday’s game. Needless to say, it was a lot.

To put the numbers in perspective:

Don’t miss Pete Dougherty’s Four Downs for additional insight and analysis each week.

I joined Doug Gottlieb to talk Packers and NFL football Monday:

Elsewhere, Packers photographer Evan Siegle got a phenomenal shot of Rodgers and Cook in the locker room after the game:

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl I. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has released a rare audio recording of the postgame news conference featuring Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

Offensive linemen are sick of Twitter talking about holding calls:

All signs point to a shootout in Atlanta on Sunday:

It will be a very different Packers team facing off against the Falcons in the NFC championship:

Sunday’s game was an instant classic:

Lost in the drama of Sunday’s game was the fact that it was most likely Tony Romo’s last game as a Cowboy:

Sports Illustrated has an early look at the conference championship matchups:

Good Morning Football broke down Sunday’s game:

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