Five things Packers must do to give Aaron Rodgers another Super Bowl shot

Aaron Rodgers can’t do this by himself.

The Falcons routed the Packers, 44-21, in the NFC championship game Sunday to prove it. Atlanta is headed to Super Bowl 51 after exposing the flaws Green Bay showed during a 4-6 start to the regular season.

Sure, the Packers rallied behind Rodgers for eight straight wins through a deep playoff run; the high note being a thrilling 34-31 victory against the Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoffs. Green Bay, however, is 1-3 in NFC championship games under coach Mike McCarthy and 1-2 in that situation with Rodgers.

Maintaining this level won’t be easy, of course. And, to be honest, it’s doubtful that the Astros wind up setting the all-time record for wins in a season. Baseball is a marathon, yada yada yada.

But it’s not like this team is a fluke. Their two best hitters — Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa — are legit superstars. Their two best pitchers — Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. — are Cy Young good. Guys like George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and reliever Chris Devenski deserve spots on this year’s AL All-Star squad.

And, you can bet they’ll look to improve before the non-waiver trade deadline, whether it’s filling in for an unexpected injury or adding another playoff-caliber starter for the rotation.

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