Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers delivered a masterful performance to lead the Packers to a 48-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and one win away from a place in the Super Bowl.
The Packers showed why they have long been regarded as one of the favorites for this season's Super Bowl as they demolished Atlanta, the NFC's top-seeded team, with a brilliant display in a one-sided divisional playoff.
They will now meet the winner of Sunday's other NFC game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks in next week's conference championship for a place in the Super Bowl, at Dallas on February 6.
Rodgers, showing poise, alertness and footwork that a featherweight boxer would be proud of, threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns and also ran in a touchdown himself from seven yards out.
I felt like I was in the zone. It was a fun night, Rodgers said in a televised interview.
This just feels so good right now, to be able to put up that kind of performance in offense, it's incredible.
Rodgers also completed 31 of 36 passes but his statistics alone do not do justice to what was an outstanding display from the 27-year-old Californian.
Rodgers was helped by a lack of pressure from the Falcons defense and some notable gaps in their secondary defense but he exploited every opportunity he was given with pinpoint passing, swift and intelligent movement and the kind of awareness that sets the elite quarterback apart.
A 12 yard touchdown run from Michael Turner gave the home crowd at the Georgia Dome just the start they had demanded with their loud reception for their team.
But Rodgers responded at the start of the second quarter when he finished off a well-managed 13 play, 81 yard drive by zipping a six yard pass short left to Jordy Nelson who dived into the corner of the end-zone.
The decibel level rose though in the roofed arena when Eric Weems returned the kick-off 102 yards, sprinting with glorious ease for a Falcons touchdown - the longest kick-off return in NFL playoff history.
That proved to be the last moment to savor for the home fans as Packers replied with 35 unanswered points from five converted touchdowns after trailing 14-7.
Green Bay running back John Kuhn ran over from a yard out and then Rodgers floated a perfectly weighted pass to receiver James Jones.
They struck the decisive blow on the stroke of halftime when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was intercepted by Tramon Williams, who raced 70 yards for a score which sent the Packers in 28-14 up at the break.
The momentum was now firmly with Green Bay and when Rogers showed he can run as well as throw - with his seven yard dash ending with a dive into the endzone, it was game over.
Kuhn collected on another Rodgers seven yard touchdown pass meaning Roddy White's fourth quarter touchdown was meaningless.