Column: Shades of 2011 in magical run for Green Bay Packers (The Associated Press)

There’s been a certain sense of inevitability about this season ever since Tom Brady returned from suspension and started making everything look easy for the New England Patriots. After Sunday’s heart-stopping finish in Dallas, it’s now joined by a growing sense that something magical might be happening with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers and the Packers were still on the field celebrating their 34-31 win over the Cowboys when oddsmakers in Las Vegas opened the Atlanta Falcons as 4-point favorites in the NFC championship game.