Packers roll past Redskins

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers roared back to form with a convincing 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins to reignite their NFL postseason on Sunday.

The Packers advanced to a showdown with the Arizona Cardinals next Saturday after overturning an 11-0 deficit at FedExField as the Redskins' unlikely playoff campaign came to an abrupt end.

The win in the National Football Conference first-round game means the Packers will have a chance to avenge their humiliating 38-3 defeat to the Cardinals in Phoenix on December 27.

But Green Bay will take renewed optimism into next week's battle after producing one of their best performances of the season to outmuscle the Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was sacked six times.

Washington took an early lead when Rodgers was sacked by rookie Preston Smith in the Green Bay end zone to concede a safety.

A Dustin Hopkins field goal put Washington 5-0 ahead before Cousins connected with Jordan Reed on a 24-yard pass for the opening touchdown.

Green Bay overcame their early jitters, however, to reel off 17 unanswered points and move into a 17-11 lead.

Rodgers hit Randall Cobb with a 12-yard pass to complete an 80-yard drive with a touchdown for 11-7, Mason Crosby adding the extra point.

A 43-yard Crosby field goal then took the Packers to within one point and Rodgers then found receiver Davante Adams in the end zone with a 10-yard pass to help put Green Bay 17-11 up.

Yet just when looked as if Green Bay were building unstoppable momentum, Washington conjured an impressive long drive of their own.

Cousins marched his side 73 yards up the field and then galloped over from close range for a touchdown to restore Washington's slender advantage.

The Redskins lead was short-lived, however, as the Packers responded with touchdowns on consecutive drives.

A bold fourth-and-one conversion paid rich dividends, with Eddie Lacy charging 30 yards on the next play to the brink of the Redskins end zone. James Starks swept over for the touchdown to make it 24-18.

On the very next Packers drive, Starks and Lacy again racked up big yards. A 10-play, 76-yard drive ended with Lacy powering over from two yards.

A successful two-point conversion put Green Bay firmly in control at 32-18 early in the fourth quarter before Crosby put them three scores clear with a late field goal.