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Rodgers threw two touchdowns in the first half before the Packers switched to the running game.
Rodgers threw two touchdowns in the first half before the Packers switched to the running game.
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It wasn't always pretty, but Packers set up a playoff showdown with the Cardinals

Green Bay ran out 35-18 winners against Washington.
Jan 11th 2016, 1:14 AM 4,253 6

AARON RODGERS THREW two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers bounced back from a slow start against Washington to complete a clean sweep for the road teams on wild card weekend.

The Packers will travel to the second seed Arizona Cardinals next weekend after they turned an early 11-point deficit into a comfortable win over the NFC East champions.

The Packers’ 35 points was their biggest score in game since Week 3.

After opening the scoring with a safety and a field goal, Washington added a touchdown through Jordan Reed early in the second quarter to go 11-0 up.

But the Packers responded with TD catches from Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, as well as a Mason Crosby field goal, to go in at half-time 17-11 ahead.

Washington retook the lead in the third quarter when quarterback Kirk Cousins capped a 73-yard drive with a three-yard rush for a touchdown.

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But the Packers’ offence found its rhythm on the ground as James Starks and Eddie Lacy ran in touchdowns to seal their progress to the divisional round.

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