Packers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he feels that this year’s team seems to be “hungrier” for another shot at a Super Bowl title.
Rodgers and the Packers will take on the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on Sunday in the NFC Divisional Playoff. In Rodgers’ last 16 home games, he has 38 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
"It's a different team, every year is different," Rodgers told the Green Bay Gazette. "This group seems to be a little hungrier. We're a few years now removed from the Super Bowl and there's a lot of guys who weren't a part of that run who are big contributors for us.”
In each of the last two seasons, the Packers have been eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers failed to qualify for the playoffs this season.
"We have the same drive, I think as a veteran who's been there, it might be even greater than the young guys who don't realize how special these times can be," Rodgers said, according to the report. "We're one of four remaining teams in the NFC and we have a great opportunity in front of us."
Rodgers has been hampered by a calf injury since late in the season and did not practice on Wednesday.
"I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said. "It's just a matter of how."
He threw for 4,381 yards with 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions in the regular season. His 112.2 passer rating was second in the NFL to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
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