Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had a lot of success in domes in his career.

So, even though his statistics were off the charts in the 48-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome on Saturday night, Rodgers' few remaining skeptics want to see how he fares outside in the cold against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

If history is any indication, Rodgers will be just fine. He is proving himself to be one of the NFL's top quarterbacks, inside and out, in warm weather and in cold.

Just like Rodgers put to bed the premature notion he couldn't win in the postseason -- despite being just 0-1 heading into these playoffs -- he now has a chance to prove he's also one of the best in cold weather.

The Wall Street Journal ran a chart with two weeks remaining in the regular season, listing the passer rating for several quarterbacks still in the playoff chase, during games when the game-time temperature was below 32 degrees.

Kansas City's Matt Cassel led the way with a passer rating of 105, although it included only three cold-weather starts.

Rodgers ranked second with a passer rating of 101.5 in eight cold-weather starts, all in the regular season. That was ahead of such notables as Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (97.2, 11 starts), New England's Tom Brady (94.2, 14), New Orleans' Drew Brees (87.5, 4) and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (80.2, 6).

Since then, Rodgers has had three more cold-weather starts and his passer rating has gotten even better.

Against the New York Giants (25 degrees), he completed 25 of 37 passes for 404 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions, for a passer rating of 139.9.

Against the Chicago Bears (19 degrees), he completed 19 of 28 passes for 229 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, for a passer rating of 89.7.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles (30 degrees), in a wild-card playoff game, he completed 18 of 27 passes for 180 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, for a passer rating of 122.5.

Naturally, that bodes well for the game on Sunday at Soldier Field.

"Indoors, it's perfect," Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson said. "Outside, you have to deal with weather, whether it's cold, rain, wind, (the) field ... you've just got to adjust and make the plays.

"At this point in time, this is our opportunity this year to get to the Super Bowl, so you have to take whatever is thrown at you and make plays."

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre also had a lot of success in cold weather for most of his career. Although he was from Mississippi, he has big hands and a strong arm, two helpful qualities Rodgers also possesses. The big hands are an asset in keeping a good grip on the ball. The strong arm helps his passes cut through the wind.

Rodgers has silenced most doubters with brilliant performances in back-to-back playoff games. His 10 touchdown passes in his first three playoff games are the most ever and his current career postseason passer rating of 129.4 ranks first in NFL history.

Likewise, it doesn't seem to matter if he's inside a dome, or out in the cold -- he's near the top of those charts as well.

"I think anytime you're playing in Chicago, the weather is an issue," Rodgers said. "The field could be an issue, potentially. You just have to understand how to be effective in those conditions. As the ball gets colder, it gets a little bit slicker."

The Packers practiced outside on Tuesday. They practiced inside the Hutson Center, with the doors open, on Wednesday, with a temperature of 29 degrees.

"I kind of like practicing indoors in the winter. (Coach) Mike (McCarthy) created that outdoor area where we can practice outdoors and as much as I like to fight it sometimes, it really probably does help us to be able to practice in that weather in December and, now, in January, as well."

Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears

What: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship game

When: Sunday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m.

Where: Soldier Field

TV: FOX (WMSN/Ch. 47)

Radio: National broadcast on WTLX-FM/100.5, WIBA-FM/101.5 and AM/1310 (Packers tandem of Wayne Larivee and Larry McCarren can be heard on Milwaukee's WTMJ-AM/620)

Statistical comparison

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