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Mike Vandermause column: Green Bay Packers peaking at the right time

December 27, 2009 by  
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Dec 28, 2009, By Michael Vandermause, Press-Gazette

~Ryan Grant was one of the last players in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room Sunday afternoon and was savoring every moment.

Who could blame Grant for hanging around following the Packers’ 48-10 thrashing of the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field, a victory that vaulted them into the playoffs for just the second time in five years?

Grant seemed willing to talk all day about his team, one of the hottest in the NFL heading into the postseason.

“We’re peaking at the right time,” said Aaron Rodgers, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter.

“We’re peaking at the right time,” said Aaron Rodgers, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter.

“I love playing with the guys in this locker room,” said Grant, who ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns and became just the third back in team history to rush for 1,200 yards in two straight seasons. “I’ll get in any type of fight with them because I know they’re going to lay it on the line, especially when it matters the most.”

The Packers needed a victory plus a New York Giants loss against Carolina to secure a playoff berth. They got both, and it has the Packers sizing up their postseason prospects.

When asked if this team is as good as the 2007 Packers, who went 13-3 in the regular season and advanced to the NFC title game, Grant replied: “Absolutely, maybe even better because of the momentum that we have. Guys are fighting, (especially) where we’ve come from as a team.”

The Packers climbed out of a midseason 4-4 hole and emerged playing some of the best football in the NFC. They are 6-1 since mid-November, and with top seeds New Orleans and Minnesota each losing two of their last three games, the Packers have the look of a team that could do some damage in the postseason.

“We’re peaking at the right time,” said Aaron Rodgers, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter.

“We feel like we’re a very dangerous team,” said running back Brandon Jackson, who scored a career-high three touchdowns. “We’re just playing ball and having fun. That’s what it’s all about.”  Full story here

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