SANTA CLARA — Aaron Rodgers spoke to Bay Area reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning. Here is a transcript.
Q: Was there any rust for you last week?
RODGERS: No, I felt pretty good. I made a couple of bad decisions, but overall felt pretty good getting back into it.
Q: What was the biggest adjustment for you?
RODGERS: It’s a little bit like preseason, such a long layoff. Kind of want to get that first hit out of the way, the first completion and get the adrenaline flowing. It’s one thing to practice for a few weeks, but it’s another to be back out there getting the live game reps. I felt good.
Q: Is the injury still improving? Is it better now than it was last week?
RODGERS: What injury are we talking about?
Q: The one that kept you out for several games.
RODGERS: I’m cleared. I’m fine.
Q: They’ve given up a lot of passing yards the past two weeks. Do you see some opportunities?
RODGERS: They were ahead pretty good in both games. When you’re behind, you’ve got to throw it a bunch. You’re going to give up some yards. I don’t think they’re too concerned about it.
Q: You’ve lost three-straight games against the 49ers. Is there any extra motivation for this game for you because of those games?
RODGERS: The playoffs alone give you an extra motivation. It’s a new season. It’s been an up-and-down regular season, but now we’re in the tournament and one of 12 teams with a chance to win it all. We just have to approach it that way.
Q: What does it mean to have Randall Cobb back?
RODGERS: It’s great to have Randall back. He adds a lot to our offense. He can do a number of things from the slot. It was tough having him out for so long. Our offense definitely suffered a little bit but, in his absence, Jarrett Boykin really emerged as a guy who can play outside and be productive, and Jordy Nelson made some plays in the slot.
Q: You won a Super Bowl playing out of the Wild Card round. Is that experience a calming factor at all for your team right now?
RODGERS: If you look at the short-term history, there are teams playing on Wild Card weekend making deep runs in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter where you’re at. It obviously helps if you can host a game for the home-field advantage and all the things that come with that. It’s all about giving yourself an opportunity to get in. We did it as a sixth seed. The Steelers have done it. The Giants have done it. Baltimore last year had to play on Wild Card weekend. You’ve just got to get hot at the right time.