Packers vs. Seahawks: 5 reasons NFC Championship isn’t like week 1

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Jan 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) scores a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

3.) The emergence of Davante Adams

In Week 1, Green Bay lined up receiver Jarrett Boykin wherever Richard Sherman was in an attempt to free up Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.  Neither Boykin nor Adams recorded a catch in week 1.

Since then, Adams has consistently worked hard and improved as a receiver, and the work is paying off.  Adams has recorded some big numbers in big games this year.  He had nine catches for 75 yards Week 8 against the Saints, 11 catches for 121 yards Week 13 against the Patriots, and most recently 11 catches for 117 yards in the biggest game of the year against the Dallas Cowboys.

While it can’t be argued that Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” is playing at an elite level, they’re going to have their hands full with Green Bay’s improved receiving corps.

Green Bay still has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but what they didn’t have Week 1 was a third threat.  Jarrett Boykin did not turn into the receiver they had hoped, and it really hurt the offense.

Since then, Adams has built an on-field trust with Rodgers.

Adams is another downfield threat Rodgers has at his disposal, and it could change what Seattle does on defense.

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