SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't get sentimental Tuesday when talking about the Green Bay Packers' upcoming playoff rematch with the 49ers.

"I just think it's going to be a tough challenge," Rodgers said on his weekly show for 540 ESPN Milwaukee. "I don't look at them as a team that passed me up or my childhood team. Steve (Young) and Joe (Montana) have long since retired.

"It's a different football team, still wearing those colors and they wear them proudly. It's a very proud football team, a very talented team. We're going to have to bring our best effort Sunday to move on."

A Chico native and Cal product, Rodgers is in his ninth season with the Packers, who drafted him 24th overall after the 49ers passed on him No. 1 overall in favor of Alex Smith.

Rodgers, in his first game back from a broken left collarbone, sent the Packers into the NFC playoffs thanks to a last-minute touchdown pass that beat the Chicago Bears and clinched the NFC North. While his collarbone emerged fine, Rodgers said only his calves were sore from a third-down run and noted it won't have a lingering effect Sunday.

The 49ers have won three straight meetings with the Packers, including the past two regular-season openers and last season's divisional playoff game. Rodgers has averaged 307 passing yards in five all-time meetings, with 12 touchdown passes and three interceptions.

  • Phil Dawson, for the second time in four games, won the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week award. He won Sunday's game with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. That followed a 56-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining. He made a franchise-record 27 consecutive attempts before missing a 24-yard attempt 20 seconds before halftime.

  • Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, according to the NFL, compiled in December what no player has ever done in an entire season: three sacks, two interceptions, an interception return for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

    Bowman's regular-season stat line featured career highs of 183 tackles (same as 2012), five sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and nine pass defenses. He also recovered two fumbles.

  • Right guard Alex Boone was the only 49er to participate in every offensive snap, according to ProFootballFocus.com. No defensive player did the same.

  • Eric Mangini, who joined coach Jim Harbaugh's staff as a senior offensive consultant this year, has been mentioned as a candidate to become the Miami Dolphins general manager, according to the Miami Herald.

  • Harbaugh expressed "great emotion, pride and excitement" about the eventual exit of Tim Drevno, the offensive line's co-coach who'll be leaving at season's end for USC. Drevno is the only assistant who's been on each of Harbaugh's staffs since 2004 (University of San Diego, Stanford, 49ers). "Tim has been a trusted agent, outstanding football coach and known friend every step of the way," Harbaugh said in a statement.

  • Rodgers endorsed former Cal coach Jeff Tedford's potential as an offensive coordinator under former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, a combination the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly are considering. "If Lovie were to get a job somewhere, (Tedford) would be an excellent hire for him," Rodgers said. "Coach is ready for a new challenge."

  • The 49ers were the only team in the NFL that didn't allow a 100-yard rusher in a game. Overall, they yielded 95.9 rushing yards per game, the league's fourth-best mark.

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