While snowmobile race fans were cheering on their favorite drivers at the 58th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby Saturday afternoon, many other sports enthusiasts were watching the Green Bay Packers defeat the Los Angeles Rams  32-18 at Lambeau Field. 

The Derby photography crew from the Vilas County News-Review and The Three Lakes News was able to sneak away from the track just in time to catch the second half of the NFC playoff game.

And for the 10th time in his Hall of Fame career, quarterback Aaron Rodgers propelled the Green Bay Packers to the postseason. The Packers will now play in the  NFC Championship Game this Sunday, Jan. 24, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady, another Hall of Fame quarterback. The game will be played at Lambeau at 2:05 p.m. and will be televised on FOX.

If the Packers can beat Tampa Bay Sunday, Green Bay will make its first Super Bowl in a decade.

There were some exciting plays in the second for Green Bay fans. The Packers needed a big play from Rodgers to put the game away against the Rams.

With the Packers clinging to a 25-18 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Rodgers faked the handoff to Aaron Jones and fired deep to Allen Lazard, who made amends for an earlier drop with a sublime fingertips catch and 58-yard touchdown that sent the crowd of 8,456 into a frenzy. It grew louder moments later when Jaire Alexander foiled a receiver screen on second down, Preston Smith batted down a pass on third down and Za’Darius Smith, Rashan Gary and Kenny Clark conspired to drop Jared Goff for a sack on fourth down.

At the 2-minute warning, the limited but vocal crowd chanted “MVP.” With a first-and-goal from the 9, Rodgers took a knee three times to run out the clock.

Now Rodgers and the Packers will face six-time Super Bowl champion Brady in his first season with the Buccaneers. Because the game is being played in Green Bay it should give a slight weather advantage to the Packers. However, the Bucs crushed the Packers in Week 6 in Tampa, Fla., but Green Bay has won seven straight and scored 30-plus points in six of those games. 

With temperatures in the 20s at Lambeau this Sunday, maybe a swirling north wind and possibly a few snowflakes in the air, I’m picking Green Bay over the Bucs this time around 30-20.

It sure would be fun to have the Packers in Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 7. Go Pack!