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Friday, December 13, 2013
Starter Pack: Big things happen in Big D

By Rob Demovsky

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Some monumental things have happened for the Packers in the Dallas area.

In 2007, Aaron Rodgers gave the world the first glimpse of what he could do after he came on in relief of Brett Favre and nearly rallied the Packers to victory in a prime-time game against the Cowboys at old Texas Stadium. It was that game, perhaps more than anything else, that convinced the Packers that Rodgers was ready to take over the following season.

A little more than three years later, Rodgers reached the pinnacle of the sport there – albeit at the new Cowboys Stadium (now called AT&T Stadium) – in Super Bowl XLV, after which he was named the game’s MVP.

“I think everybody will feel it when you pull into the tunnel,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s something you don’t ever forget and will never go away. The reality is this is a different year. This is a different opportunity. We’re going down there to play the whole team. But Dallas, AT&T Stadium, will always have a special place for the Green Bay Packers.”

Those events overshadow the fact that the Packers haven’t beaten the Cowboys in Texas since 1989.

Perhaps it would be fitting if Rodgers could return from his broken collarbone and play Sunday against the Cowboys.

Either way, it will always be a special place to Rodgers and many of his teammates.

“I was going through the photo a few weeks ago in the team room of that group of guys, and it was interesting, there was I believe only 28 of those guys in that picture are still with us,” Rodgers said. “I think there’s over 60 guys in that picture. So teams change year to year, and there’s a big rollover. That’s the nature of our game. But there’s 28 of us who have some really good memories from that stadium.”

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