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After slow start, Rodgers, Packers overwhelm Redskins 35-18

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pumps his fist as he walks off the field in the closing minutes of the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The Packers won...
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pumps his fist as he walks off the field in the closing minutes of the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The Packers won... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - For Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay Packers' offense, the first quarter of their playoff game Sunday looked quite similar to the stagnant way their regular season wound down.

Not a lot of progress. Not a lot of points. Not a lot of fun.

Rodgers opened the NFC wild-card game against the Washington Redskins by going 1 for 8, and the Packers' first four drives went: punt, safety, punt, punt. They gained all of 11 yards heading into the second period, and they trailed by double digits.

And then, spurred by using the hurry-up approach he loves, Rodgers played like a two-time NFL MVP. Drawing defensive penalties with quick snaps, making adjustments at the line of scrimmage, and running the show the way few QBs can, Rodgers threw for a pair of TDs while Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a score, and Green Bay came back to overwhelm the NFC East champion Redskins 35-18.

"We got the tempo up, and they couldn't keep up," said Rodgers, who finished 21 for 36 for 210 yards and no turnovers. "We became a snowball, kind of going downhill, and it was tough for us to stop."

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