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Aaron Donald relishing Aaron Rodgers challenge as Rams meet Packers in playoffs

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald is relishing the challenge of facing Aaron Rodgers in Saturday’s NFL Divisional playoff clash.

The Rams take on Green Bay Packers with Sean McVay’s side knowing that stopping Rodgers will be key to progressing.

Donald, who made two sacks on Russell Wilson last week as the Rams beat the Seahawks, is expected to feature despite suffering a rib injury in that match.

He exited the game in the third quarter and didn’t return, though can’t wait to take on Rodgers at Lambeau Field on Saturday.

“He’s a great quarterback that’s playing lights out this year,” Donald said. “He’s making some great throws and good decisions.

“Obviously, he can do things with his feet, not the fastest guy, but he can move.

“He can get away from you and make things happen, so we have to do a great job as far as bottling him up, getting pressure on him, and not letting him have a clean pocket to the point where he can make all those great throws.

“So, we have a challenge, but that’s what you expect in a playoff game.

Rodgers himself knows he will have to be at his best to regularly get away from Donald.

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The QB said: “It’s very rare that you have an impact player that rushes from the inside. There’s just not as much space.

“JJ Watt has done it for a long time and also done it on the edge, but most of the real, real impact players, when it comes to pass rush, are edge rushers.

“A little different with 99 [Donald]. He’s a special, special player. Obviously, a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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“Impact player every single year, a guy that you have to game plan for, have to be aware of where he’s at at all times, and just one of those special talents that we haven’t seen a whole lot of in the history of the game.”

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