Both the Packers and the Patriots have a wide variety of weapons that can be used in any given game from a receiving standpoint. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady use all their weaponry, which includes wide receivers, tight ends and the running backs.
Besides Jennings, Nelson and Finley, the QB Rodgers also can utilize receivers like James Jones and Donald Driver.
The 2010 postseason was a good example. Jennings and Nelson each had 21 receptions and two TDs. Jones had 11 catches and two TDs, while Driver had 14 receptions.
Both have been clutch down the stretch in the 2011 regular season. Overall, Jones had 38 receptions for 635 yards and seven TDs. In the last two games of the regular season, Jones had 10 catches for two TDs.
Driver didn't put up the numbers that he used to put up throughout his illustrious career, but he still had 37 receptions for 445 yards and six TDs. In the last five games of the regular season though, Driver had 14 catches for 197 yards and four TDs.
Brady also has a couple of other receivers he can look to as well. One is TE Aaron Hernandez, who had 79 catches for 910 yards and had seven TDs. Another weapon is Deion Branch, who had 51 receptions for 702 yards and five TDs. Branch is also a former Super Bowl MVP, when he had a stellar performance in Super Bowl XXXIX, as he had 11 catches for 133 yards.
Bottom line, I expect both the Packers and Patriots to take full advantage of being the No. 1 seeds in both of their respective conferences and to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.
Rodgers and Brady have both been past Super Bowl MVPs—Brady was MVP twice actually. Both quarterbacks have an assortment of talented receivers to carve up opposing defenses with.
The Patriots were second in the NFL in 2011 in total passing offense. The Packers were third. In pass defense, the Patriots were ranked 31st, while the Packers were ranked 32nd.
Ironically however, the Packers led the NFL with 31 interceptions, while the Patriots were tied for second with 23.
If indeed the Packers and Patriots meet in Super Bowl XLVI, it looks to be one hell of a game, with a number of very talented players participating in it. It's one game I can't wait to see, that's for sure.