Rodgers prepares for pseudo-homecoming

Rodgers prepares for pseudo-homecoming
January 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Aaron Rodgers: "Home is really Chico." (AP)


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Aaron Rodgers, that Chico native and former Cal idol, had to give a geography lesson the wake of Green Bay's 24-10 wild card victory over Minnesota Saturday night.

Seems some eager media member wanted to equate the Packers NFC divisional round playoff game at the 49ers' this coming weekend as some sort of full-circle homecoming.

"Home is really Chico," Rodgers said in the postgame presser, before a sly smile crossed his countenance. "Chico is in Northern California. San Francisco, I would say, is Bay Area. So, it will be fun to go back to the West Coast, a lot of people in the area. Hopefully we'll get a lot of cheeseheads from Chico coming down to the game and it will be a good test."

The geography test, though, is upcoming.

Studying for the quiz on Rodgers' San Francisco counterpart is just ramping up, though. Because the last time the Packers faced the 49ers, way back in the season opener at Lambeau Field on Sept. 9, Alex Smith was under center for San Francisco and led it to a somewhat surprising 30-22 victory.

The storylines were obvious then, with Smith the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft and Rodgers falling all the way to No. 24.

Now? Rodgers will trade blows with Colin Kaepernick.

"I've just seen him on TV a little bit," Rodgers said of Kaepernick. "He's a really athletic guy, I mean, tall and fast and he's got a big arm. I saw a couple of the games they played on national T.V. and he made some big-time throws down the field.

"He can extend plays with his feet, a gifted runner. And it looks like their playbook is as big as it was when Alex was in there, so he obviously knows the offense pretty well."

But does he know the distance between Chico and San Francisco?

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