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Aaron Rodgers aided by 'championship-style defense' in Packers win

By Sports Desk December 28, 2020

Aaron Rodgers lauded the Green Bay Packers' "championship-style defense" after they held off the Tennessee Titans to win 40-14 on Sunday.

The Packers, led by Rodgers, ran out into a 19-0 lead but had to withstand an attempted fightback from the dangerous Titans.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has led the league in carries and rushing yards over the past two seasons, yet he was restricted to 98 yards on 23 attempts.

Henry's longest carry was for 10 yards, tied for his lowest this season - also managing just 10 yards on his best run in the Week 13 defeat to the Cleveland Browns.

There were two picks and two sacks for Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, too, leading Green Bay QB Rodgers to hail his team-mates.

"That was championship-style defense," Rodgers said. "I felt they played with more confidence than maybe they have at any point this season."

Coach Matt LaFleur added: "Anytime you can hold Derrick Henry to under 100 yards, that's a win. I think that was a hell of a performance by our defense.

"I just sense a different energy. Guys are flying around, making plays, making plays on the ball."

Wide receiver Davante Adams, who scored three touchdowns on 11 receptions for 142 yards, agreed this was a complete Packers performance.

"This was it, man. This was definitely it," he said, although the four-time Pro Bowler reserved special praise for Rodgers, who is firmly in MVP contention.

"Being around him the past seven years has definitely allowed me to really know what being a true competitor really is," Adams said of Rodgers, who threw 21-of-25 for 231 yards and four TDs.

"Everybody knows that I hold myself to a crazy high standard and it's been like that for a long time.

"But to be in a situation where I come in and see a guy who's been balling out as long as he has and not be satisfied with the success he has, being with that guy has allowed me to know what true greatness is."

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