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Robert Zizzo’s chat: What will Packers-Lions II bring?

December 27, 2014 by  
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From Robert Zizzo, PackersNews.com

Zizzo

~Happy Friday everyone. It’s time to chat about the Packers.
Robert Zizzo fielded Packers questions and comments in a chat on Friday afternoon. To learn more, read the replay.

 

 

 

 

Robert Zizzo
Happy Friday everyone. It’s time to chat about the Packers.
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about 21 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Here’s the injury report, via Weston Hodkiewicz: 

Out: CB Davon House (did not participate, shoulder)

Probable: QB Aaron Rodgers (limited, calf), G T.J. Lang (limited, ankle), G Josh Sitton (limited, toe), LB Clay Matthews (limited, biceps), OLB Mike Neal (full, abdomen)

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about 21 hours ago
Comment From I am Groot
I am Groot
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about 21 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Hi Groot. I am Robert
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about 21 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
FYI … Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers did everything expected of him at practice today. Final test will come tomorrow.
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about 21 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
The Packers have had trouble against teams that can rush with just four and drop the rest into coverage (Seattle, Buffalo, Detroit in week 3) What can the offense do to counteract those kind of teams heading towards Sunday and the playoffs
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about 21 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Very true. They have to be patient. Try to establish Eddie Lacy early running the ball or short passes out of the backfield. They’ll have a lot of opportunities on underneath routes. When they get a rare chance at a big pass play, they have to connect (see Jordy Nelson vs. Buffalo). But patience is the key. Take what they’re given and don’t force anything.
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about 21 hours ago
Comment From NJPackerfan
Do you see anyway Packers can beat Seahawks in Seattle? Having a tough time figuring that one out
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about 21 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
There is a way, but it’s kind of like they would beat the Seahawks in Seattle 39 times out of 100. The key to success will be much like I just described above. Patience, not turning over the ball, hitting the big plays when they present themselves and having luck on their side.
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about 21 hours ago
Comment From Justin
Hi Robert, This offensive line for the Packers seems to be a lot better than it was in week 3. Do you think detroit’s defensive line will still have the same impact as it did in the previous matchup?
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about 21 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
It looks like defensive tackle Nick Fairley won’t play Sunday, which would be a break for the Packers. Fairley and Suh are a difficult combo to block.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
What’s the word on Eddy Lacy and his hip?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
He appears to be fine. He wasn’t listed on the injury report this week.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From NJPackerfan
Agreed that’s what makes their performance in Buffalo more astounding. I would reverse those odds if the game where in Lambeau
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I would, too. The crowd noise on the road offers many challenges, including their offensive line getting off the snap just that much quicker.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From msc11
Do you buy that the Lions are truly concerned about playing in the cold?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
No, I don’t. Even though they play games indoors, they still live in the cold. If a team like New Orleans or Atlanta was coming up here this weekend, I think that would be a legit concern for them.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
I think this a good chance for the Special teams to outplay the Lions. The are not good at covering kicks and have had kicking issues this year and now come outdoors.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I agree and Mike McCarthy mentioned in his news conference that he was looking for the return game to improve this weekend. The Lions allow more than 28 yards per kick return, so maybe DuJuan Harris has a couple of returns of significance.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
How/why does Joique Bell get so much love from the national media and Fantasy “experts”? From what I have seen of him in the last three years, he is a very average running back.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
He’s a punishing runner, sort of Marshawn Lynch Lite. Those are the types or running backs the Packers have had trouble with this season. They’ve played fairly well against his complement, Reggie Bush, who relies more on speed and quickness.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Tony
In week 3, the Packers looked out matched across the board. The Lions looked like world beaters.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
True. But things change in the NFL from week to week, much less from Week 3 to Week 17. I don’t think you’ll see the same matchup. Plus, this is a home game for the Packers, who have played so much better there than on the road.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Tony
What would be different this time around ?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Home field for Green Bay. Offensive line has played together most of the year. Eddie Lacy has run much better in the second half of the season. The defense has evolved, with Clay Matthews playing inside linebacker in the nickel defense, which they play the majority of the time. There are a lot of differences from Week 3.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
The absence of Raiola I think will give Capers and company to show them some things upfront that may confuse the Lions O-line and get some opportunities on Stafford.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
For as much as Dominic Raiola is hated by some fans around the league, he’s an anchor for that offensive line. He’s smart and tough, a rare combination. I’m not sure how his replacement will fare, but it’s safe to say he’ll be tested by Dom Capers.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From NJPackerfan
It’s not going to be that cold Sunday unfortunately
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Not cold unless you’re sitting on aluminum bleachers for 3.5 hours.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
The knock on both Cutler and Favre was be patient, they will throw one up for grabs during the game, you just need to catch it. Don’t you think Stafford has earned that label as well?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I do. He’ll often throw a pass off his back foot while being rushed from the interior. He’s had 12 interceptions this season, which isn’t necessarily a lot, but often they could have been avoided by being patient and taking a sack or throwing the ball away. My guess is that he’ll throw an interception Sunday.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Craig
Only real concern I have about this game is the poor play of our special teams. masthay seems to have forgotten how to punt and there is a penalty on every return. Nothing ever seems to change. Maybe it takes a big game loss for slocum to get the axe? Thoughts?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I agree with your assessment of their performance this year. Too many special teams penalties, Tim Masthay has been more inconsistent than he’s ever been and too many blocked kicks/punts. Mike McCarthy made a move this past offseason to try to fix the unit when he fired Morton and hired Zook. There doesn’t seem to have been improvement. Whether Slocum is next remains to be seen, but I think many of the problems have been execution not scheme.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
Following up on the “overrated” category: What is happening with Matthew Stafford this season? With a head coach like Jim Caldwell, I would have expected him to have a career year, instead only has 19 TDs and 12 INTs.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I think part of the problem is that Calvin Johnson has played only 12 of 15 games this season and Reggie Bush has played only 10 of 15. So there’s been a lot more pressure on Stafford to produce without all his weapons. That said, I would have expected a bigger year, too, after defensive-minded Jim Schwartz was let go.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Craig
Are you related to Rico Zizzo?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I had a dog named Rico once.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
BTW, those 300 standing room-only tickets were sold out in 15 minutes earlier today.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
Who is the X-factor or the one that has to step up for Detroit or make it 0 for its last 24? They really don’t have many explosive weapons.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
If Calvin Johnson is healthy, he can take over a game. Matthew Stafford could throw up a bunch of jump balls and Johnson could come down with a couple of them for long gains/touchdowns and it could be a long day for the Packers’ secondary.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Justin
Some teams like Seattle use their key players on special teams (see Richard Sherman). Do you think the packers should do this in the playoffs for better execution?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I think they will. Expect to see more Randall Cobb on kick and punt returns during the playoffs. Regarding the coverage units, they already use starters Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett and Andrew Quarless quite a bit.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
I really am not concerned about this game. Win the turnover battle and it is at least a 10 point victory. Things are a lot different today than week 3. Just look at what New England did to Detroit at home a few weeks ago.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I agree that if they win the turnover battle, they should win. But I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t be concerned about this game. Look at what happened at Buffalo. On paper, the Packers should have won that game without much problem. But things don’t always turn out the way they should on paper. You can look at the Lions’ losing streak in Wisconsin two ways: 1. Never bet against a streak. 2. They might have their most-talented team since the streak started and one that has a lot to play for.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
I’ve been trying to keep the frame of mind that the Buffalo game is reflective of the New England game from the 2010 season, where a late season loss kind of put things in perspective for the team and they rallied and won the Super Bowl. How far off do you think this team is from a Super Bowl? Besides a lucky detour out of Seattle.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I definitely think the Packers are in the Super Bowl conversation. They have one of, if not the, best offenses in the NFL. They have the best quarterback in the NFL. They have an improving defense that could be peaking at the right time. They have experience at key positions. They have a stable structure. But … they also have special teams units that have played poorly at times. They don’t have a dominating defense. And, as you said, they have a big roadblock at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
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about 20 hours ago
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Publicly, Coach MM is saying AR will be fine. But we all know they’re not going to publicize any real limits he has. So…. can the o move the sticks & put it in the end zone if AR can’t scramble well?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
A 100 percent healthy Aaron Rodgers playing at home against any defense can move the sticks and put the ball in the end zone. That’s been proven. An 80 percent healthy Rodgers still is better than 90 percent of the quarterbacks in the NFL. I don’t think this type of injury impacts his scrambling ability as much as it impacts his ability to escape the rush, that is feel a defender getting close and making the quick move to elude him. Against the Lions, that difference could be big.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Always Thinking
Can packers win this game without using some unscouted looks on offense as well as defense? My guess is that we need one or two big plays form each to win this game. Can MM deliver?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Since they’re in the playoffs already, I don’t think they’ll use a lot of unscouted looks. They’ll want to save any of those for the playoffs, where you win or go home. But, along with the homefield advantage, they should have enough talent to win this game. Part of their normal game plan is to hit one or two big plays each game, which they failed to do in Buffalo.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Craig
McCarthy doesn’t seem to use the screen pass much. I think it would be useful in this game against an opponent with a strong rush. Does anyone know why it hasn’t been used more?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
The Packers used the screen game effectively in the middle of the season but not much since. I agree, though, that it is most effective against the type of defense Detroit plays: hard pressure from the front seven and physical cornerback play.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
Looking ahead, it seems a lot of Packer Fans are scared of Seattle. I think that first game the approach was conservative against Sherman and a play not to lose feel, especially starting a rookie at center then losing Bulaga and things seem to unravel. I think this team can go in there and win by stopping the run and making wilson beat you with his arm.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I definitely think the Packers CAN win in Seattle. It’s certainly not impossible, but I think the chances are relatively low because of how talented the Seahawks are, how well they match up against the Packers and how well they’ve traditionally played at home. Certainly there is a way to beat them (in fact, Pete Dougherty will have a story in Sunday’s paper that tries to dissect that).
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Eric
Hi Robert, I think the difference in this game against the Lions and the game in Detriot in September will be the Packers defense (targeting of) the Lions right tackle and of course the rookie center. I see lots of pressure by the Packers at those two positions forcing Stafford into mistakes because he loves to throw the ball up to cj. Someone needs to tell shields to stop peeking in the back field and make tackle so. Your thoughts?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
The Packers, like all NFL teams, game plan to attack the opponents’ weak spots. If they feel the rookie center can be compromised, they’ll attack up the middle with Clay Matthews and Sam Barrington. That’s what Seattle did against Corey Linsley in the opener.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Justin
I’ve been looking ahead to the offseason signings. Ted Thompson has shown that he does not like to resign players over 30 years of age too often. Plus Randall Cobb( among others) will need to be resigned. With all that said, do you think Tramon Williams is playing his last year as a Packer?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
You’re right. Ted Thompson’s philosophy is much like Branch Rickey’s and Ron Wolf’s: better to let someone go one year early than one year late. I think Tramon Williams’ future in Green Bay depends on three things: 1. How much less he’s willing to sign for to stay in Green Bay. 2. How comfortable do the Packers feel that they can re-sign Davon House at a reasonable number. 3. If they accomplish No. 2, how confident are they that House can stay relatively injury free.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Kimberly
How do you see the Packers doing this Sunday
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I think they win, but I’m not very confident about that pick.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Kimberly
what matchups should we watch for in the game?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Packers offensive line vs. Lions defensive line. Packers cornerbacks vs. Lions receivers.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
How close is the MVP race between Romo and Rodgers?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
It’s gotten a lot closer in the past couple of weeks. It might come down to this week.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
Again, don’t count the Rams out. They play Seattle tough and have beat them this year already. The Pack can still get the top seed.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
All of that is true, although not likely.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Matthew
Thanks for the chat, in regards to Matthews, is it helping him with injuries since he is off the line of scrimmage and not constantly pounding against those big OL. I think this has been one of his first years since 2011 that he hasn’t missed any games
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I agree it’s been one of his best years, he’s been able to show how instinctive he is against the run game. It’s allowed him to get a better look at the offense from all angles. I don’t think, though, that it’s had any affect on his injuries. He’s been struggling with a biceps injury despite moving inside for more than half the snaps.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From J. Skaar
Bongo seems to be forgetting that Russell Wilson can beat you with his legs as well as his arm. Green Bay has had trouble stopping those kinds of QBs in the playoffs the last three years.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
That’s true, Colin Kaepernick has been the Packers’ Kryptonite. With Wilson, I think it’s a matter of building a wall and keeping him in the pocket, forcing him to beat you with his arm.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Guest
Ok, So the Detroit defensive line is good, but lets start talking about our offensive line. I have been an avid Packers fan now for 48 years and I must say this is one of the greatest offensive lines the Packers have ever had. They are solid with minimal penalties. I will take our offensive line any day over the Detroit defensive front. When I watch AR drop into the pocket, he more than likely has 5 seconds or more to go thru all of his reads. That is unreal. Congrats on a great season! Go Pack Go!!!!
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I agree that this has been one of their best offensive lines in years. But in this NFL, a superior defensive line is better to have than a superior offensive line, in my opinion. Especially against a quarterback like Rodgers, who has some trouble when a defensive line can get pressure from the interior.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Pat from La Crosse
During the Bills game there was an awful lot of dropped balls that were really surprising. Do you think that was just a fluke or was there another reason for it? Like balls being thrown harder than normal or over/underthrown?
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
I tend to think it was a fluke. Two things about the Bills game: 1. Jordy Nelson will catch that pass 99 times out of 100. 2. The Bills were able to rush four effectively, which meant at least one extra defender than normal was back in coverage. That made Aaron Rodgers have to be even more precise than he normally is.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From joe
is jc tretter the new swing tackle, and if so, with Barclay coming back next year, do we keep bulaga
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
Yes, I think Tretter can be the new Barclay, but I don’t think that plays as much into whether to keep Bulaga next year. If the Packers can re-sign Bulaga at a price they’re comfortable with, then keep all three. Barclay and Tretter could be the only backups needed on the offensive line as they’d have all five spots covereed.
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about 20 hours ago
Comment From Bongo
Bongo doesn’t seem to forget that. I can think of several QB’s that can beat you with his legs when they break containment….Including Aaron Rodgers.
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about 20 hours ago
Robert Zizzo
OK, folks. With that, I’ll say goodbye. Thanks again for participating. Look for my tailgate Tweets (@RobertZizzo) before the game. Watch Wes, Pete and Ryan on GameDay LIVE starting at 1:30 and another postgame chat immediately following the game.

 

 

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