The bye week is over for the Green Bay Packers. It's time to get ready for a marquee matchup in the next round of the playoffs against the Cowboys.
"It was fun to sit back and actually watch some games knowing that I'm still playing," Daniels said Monday at Lambeau Field. "All that is over with. None of that matters at this point."
Coach Mike McCarthy had his team back on a normal game- week schedule after a three-day break last week to celebrate the new year. It was a time for rest especially for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is recovering from a lingering left calf injury.
It doesn't appear the Packers are too worried about him. After getting carted to the locker room in the second quarter, a limping Rodgers returned to the field in the third quarter to lead Green Bay to a 30-20 victory over Detroit to win the NFC North.
The way he's been playing this season, Rodgers at less than 100 percent is still better than most quarterbacks in the league. While mobility could be an issue, Rodgers is a stickler for preparation on and off the field.
While leading the Cowboys to an 8-0 record on the road, Tony Romo threw just two interceptions with 20 touchdowns. He will probably have to maintain the approach to keep Dallas close because Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception at home since December 2012. The Packers are 8-0 at home, too.
"I threw a lot of balls away at guys' feet (against Detroit) because I wasn't sure and weren't going to make the play, or I was under duress," said Romo, who was sacked a season-high six times. "I did that more than anything because I felt like if we didn't give them the ball, they wouldn't run away."
As a result, Romo put a little more distance between himself and those old playoff failures.