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Report: Baker Mayfield, Browns to Face Aaron Rodgers, Packers on Christmas Day

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2021

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) and quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrate after Landry threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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The Green Bay Packers will host the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day during the 2021 NFL season, according to Bleacher Report's Master Tesfatsion

Tesfatsion also reported the Indianapolis Colts will travel to play the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 25.

This will be the 20th meeting between the Browns and Packers. Green Bay was a 27-21 victor during their last encounter in December 2017.

The complexion of the franchises' Christmas Day clash could change significantly based on the future of Aaron Rodgers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on the eve of the NFL draft Rodgers had grown frustrated and told some within the organization he wanted out. It quickly became the biggest story around the league, but there doesn't appear to have been any progress in terms of the two sides resolving their differences.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com ruled out one fascinating scenario when she reported the Browns won't pursue Rodgers and remain happy to roll with Mayfield under center.

Assuming Rodgers remains with his current team for at least one more season, the Packers and Browns' matchup might have playoff implications. Green Bay won 13 games and reached the NFC title game for the second straight season in 2020. Cleveland will be looking to build upon its trip to the divisional round, a run that included the franchise's first postseason win since 1994.

In the most recent power rankings from B/R's NFL staff, the Browns and Packers sat fourth and fifth, respectively. Depending on where they each sit in the standings, Christmas could serve as a barometer of their Super Bowl credentials.

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