Aaron Rodgers Says Packers in Position to Win Record 7th Fake Championship Belt

DETROIT — After a dramatic victory on a Hail Mary pass gave the Green Bay Packers a much-needed win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night, quarterback Aaron Rodgers says his team is right back in the fake championship mix.

“We were struggling to the point of wondering if maybe we didn’t have enough to win a fake title this year,” said Rodgers, of his team that had dropped four of five before the win in Detroit. “But now we’ve got that confidence again, and confidence is all you need to win not real things.”

If the Packers do win an imaginary championship again this year, it would be the seventh in Rodgers’ eight seasons as a starter, a streak interrupted only by the 2010 season when Green Bay actually was the best real team.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said he’d like for his team to give the Packers a run for their money.

“So you can pretend to be really good, even when you’re not?” asked Stafford. “Huh, these fake championships sound like something we here with the Lions could possibly win.”

Cam Newton, quarterback of the undefeated Carolina Panthers — who beat the Packers last month — said his team will focus on winning a real title.

“It’s okay if Aaron does it, but I think if I put a fake belt around my waste, too many of America’s children could get upset,” said Newton.

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