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Having already clinched a playoff berth coming into the game, the Packers now have put themselves in prime position for a first-round playoff bye — and perhaps even the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed — with a win next Sunday at Detroit.
Known for being a man of few words, Thompson once said that the 2010 Packers team would not have won Super Bowl XLV without Charles Woodson. At the same time, Woodson, who is likely to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2021, likely isn’t a Hall of Famer if not for what he did in Green Bay.
When Aaron Rodgers was backing up Brett Favre at quarterback in 2006 and 2007, there was nothing Rodgers worried about more during his days on the scout team than throwing an interception to Woodson. Viewing those snaps as a proving ground where he could show his teammates and coaches he was a worthy successor to Favre, Rodgers desperately wanted to avoid the kind of mistakes he knew Woodson would capitalize on.