Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (not pictured) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Notebook: Tom Brady heads to 14th championship game

Tom Brady needs to borrow someone’s hand to formally count his league championship appearances.

The Tampa Bay quarterback will be participating in his 14th on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He went 9-4 in the previous 13, all in the AFC with the New England Patriots.

“It’s hard to get to this point,” said Brady, who is 3-3 in road title games. “There’s nothing guaranteed from this point forward. But we’ve gotta go out there and we’ve gotta play our very best to beat one of the best teams in the league.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-3 in NFC title games. He has been on the losing side in his last three appearances, including last season’s 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

–The Super Bowl will be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 7 and Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians doesn’t want hear any chatter about that possibility.

“We don’t play that game this week — that’s the message to everybody,” Arians said. “We play the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. If you start thinking about the Super Bowl, you get beat and will be packing your bags on Monday.”

–Forecasts call for a 50 percent of snow with temperatures in the high 20s and that is fine with Green Bay star wideout Davante Adams, who led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions.

“Just knowing where to put your feet, the best way to misdirect is obviously getting your feet outside your framework because you do that in snow, you lose traction,” Adams said of his routine in snowy conditions. “For me, just having those reps in the snow and cold (is important). Them being in Tampa, there is no way to assimilate cold weather and the snow.”

–Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul missed Wednesday’s walkthrough with knee injuries. Pierre-Paul is expected to be fine by game day but Brown’s availability is less certain.

“It’s too early to tell,” Arians said of Brown. “He’ll be day-to-day.”

Receiver Mike Evans (knee) and running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps/finger) are among the Buccaneers listed as limited.

No Green Bay players missed practice on Wednesday but running back AJ Dillon (quadriceps) was limited and will be observed closely after leaving Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Among others who were limited were receiver Allen Lazard (wrist/back), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (thumb) and offensive tackle Rick Wagner (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) warms up prior to playing against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.  Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams caps historic regular season vs. Bears

Green Bay receiver Davante Adams became the first player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions with 18 receiving touchdowns in a season when he caught a 6-yard scoring pass late in the fourth quarter in the Packers’ 35-16 victory at the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Adams, who finished with six catches for 46 yards and a score, ended the regular season with 115 receptions and 18 touchdowns in just 14 games.

Adams’ 18 touchdown catches are tied for third-most in NFL history, trailing New England’s Randy Moss (23 in 2007) and San Francisco’s Jerry Rice (22 in 1987).

His 18 receiving touchdowns tied Shannon Sharpe, who set the franchise record for most in season in 1994. Mark Clayton also had 18 receiving touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins in 1984.

The NFC North champion Packers clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a 35-16 win to cap a 13-3 regular season.

Before Adams capped the win with his scoring reception, he was among three players in league history with at least 100 receptions and 17 receiving touchdowns in a season.

Former Minnesota star Cris Carter had a career-high tying 122 receptions and a career-best 17 touchdowns in 1995, with Moss making a career-high 111 receptions and scoring 17 touchdowns in 2003 for the Vikings.

Carter and Moss have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter  at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams misses practice, plans to play Sunday

Davante Adams didn’t practice on Thursday because of an injured ankle, but the Green Bay Packers’ leading receiver said he plans to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Adams, who has 61 catches for 741 yards and nine touchdowns this year, suffered the injury during this past Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After leaving the game temporarily, he returned to catch the game-winning touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter.

Adams, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed two games earlier this season with an injured hamstring, is confident he will be on the field when the Packers (7-2) face the Colts (6-3).

Adams’ 61 catches are at least 33 more than any Packers player, and no teammate has more than 463 yards receiving (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

“I’m just playing it slow right now and just letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams, who was limited in what he could do in practice on Wednesday, told reporters. “We’re doing all the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. I’m not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing that if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea.”

While Adams is questionable for Sunday’s game, so is receiver Allen Lazard, who hasn’t played since injuring a core muscle during a victory over the New Orleans Saints. Lazard has been limited in two practices since being activated on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Adams back at practice, Lazard (core muscle) out

The Green Bay Packers saw Davante Adams return to practice on Thursday, but the health of another of the team’s wide receivers reportedly is very much in question.

Allen Lazard sat out the session with a core muscle injury. That injury could be troublesome, considering ESPN reported that noted core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers will look at his scans to determine if surgery is needed.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Adams, who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for top honors on the club.

Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games with the Packers.

As for Adams, he admitted on Thursday that he was “feeling a lot better this week than last week.” He added that he is going to “make sure I’m 100 percent before I’m back out there.”

The Packers officially won’t have to make that decision until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Falcons (0-3). Marquez Valdes-Scantling would see an uptick in snaps if Adams can’t play.

Adams has recorded 17 receptions for 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season for the Packers (3-0). The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 scores in his six-plus seasons with Green Bay.

Tight end Josiah Deguara (ankle), linebacker Christian Kirksey (pectoral) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) did not practice on Thursday. Kirksey is in jeopardy of missing multiple games.

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark (groin), and linebackers Rashan Gary (ankle), Randy Ramsey (groin) and Za’Darius Smith (ankle) were limited participants.

–Field Level Media

January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers won’t make call on WR Adams until just before kickoff

The Green Bay Packers don’t play their Week 3 game until Sunday night, and apparently they plan on taking every one of the extra minutes they can get when it comes to deciding whether star wide receiver Davante Adams can play.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that the Packers will allow Adams — who is officially listed as doubtful — to take part in pregame warmups and, if the 27-year-old can go full speed, suit up for the game in New Orleans.

Adams injured his hamstring during the second half of Green Bay’s 42-21 win over Detroit last weekend. He has not practiced at all this past week.

Adams has recorded 17 receptions for 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season for the Packers (2-0). The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 scores in his six-plus seasons with Green Bay.

Fellow wideouts Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard are expected to see a bigger workload if Adams can’t play on Sunday.

The Packers won all four games last season that Adams missed because of turf toe.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ LaFleur: WR Adams ‘probably doubtful’ vs. Saints

Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Davante Adams is looking less likely to suit up for Sunday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Adams is “probably doubtful” to play in the game due to a hamstring injury he sustained during the second half of Green Bay’s 42-21 win over Detroit last weekend. Adams has not practiced at all this week.

LaFleur, however, wants to give Adams, 27, the remainder of the weekend before making any determination on his status for the game against the Saints (1-1). Kickoff is slated for 8:20 p.m. ET.

Adams has recorded 17 receptions for 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season for the Packers (2-0). The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 scores in his six-plus seasons with Green Bay.

Fellow wideouts Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard are expected to see a bigger workload if Adams can’t play on Sunday.

The Packers won all four games last season that Adams missed because of turf toe.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers WR Adams (hamstring) held out of practice

The Green Bay Packers held star wide receiver Davante Adams out of practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

NFL Network reported that the injury is considered minor.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Adams wanted to go back into the team’s 42-21 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 2. LaFleur opted against that given Green Bay’s big lead at the time.

The Packers travel to New Orleans to play the Saints on Sunday night in Week 3.

Adams, 27, has 17 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns through the first two games of the season. The three-time Pro Bowler has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 TDs in his six-plus seasons with the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Week 13 Fantasy Disappointments

Week 13 was the final chance for most fantasy owners to get their team in the playoffs, so getting solid production from everyone on the roster was extremely crucial. Unfortunately, some of the top players in the NFL faltered when it matter the most for fantasy football owners. These are the three players that disappointed their fantasy owners the most in Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season.
Drew Brees
Few things have been more reliable over the years than Drew Brees playing at home in the Superdome, but all of that changed on Sunday. Brees entered his Week 13 matchup against the Detroit Lions as one of the top scoring quarterbacks in fantasy football. The Lions had also struggled to stop the pass most of the season. While this appeared to be a great matchup for Brees, he ended up having his worst game of the season. Brees managed to throw for 326 yards, but he also ended up with three interceptions and zero touchdowns. The poor performance ended his NFL-record streak of 60 straight home games with at least one touchdown. Drew Brees is one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL, so he should be able to bounce back with solid performances the rest of the season.
Lamar Miller
Unlike Drew Brees, Lamar Miller has disappointed his fantasy owners on more than one occasion this season. Miller entered this season as one of the most interesting running backs in the league, but he has consistently failed to live up to his high expectations. Since Miller is averaging just under 20 carries a game, it has been hard for fantasy owners to find a better option on a weekly basis. A snowy field against the Green Bay Packers appeared to create a great matchup for Miller in Week 13, but he was unable to find running room throughout the entire game. While he got to touch the ball 15 times, Lamar Miller only accumulated 18 yards. With disappointing performances in the last two weeks, it is going to be hard for to trust Miller in the fantasy football playoffs. He just does not look capable of putting together a solid game in the inept offense of the Houston Texans.
Davante Adams
No wide receiver disappointed their fantasy owners more than Davante Adams in Week 13. Adams was coming off a game that saw him get 113 receiving yards and two touchdowns, but he was unable to get anything going against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Going up against the great secondary of the Texans was not a great matchup for Adams, but it was hard to put him on the bench after his amazing game in Week 12. The snowy conditions in Green Bay did not make it easier for Adams to get open on a consistent basis. While he was targeted seven times, Davante Adams only caught one pass for 17 yards. Adams has two tough games in the fantasy playoffs, so his production may continue to be erratic the rest of the season despite surpassing Randall Cobb on the depth chart.