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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers jokes about making sure to shake Richard Sherman’s hand before game

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Earlier this season, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman ripped Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield for not shaking his hand before their Week 5 matchup.

But it turned out that Sherman made the whole thing up, as video evidence showed that Mayfield did, in fact, dap Sherman up before the matchup, and Sherman later apologized for the fabrication.

Well, Aaron Rodgers is getting set to face Sherman this weekend as the Green Bay Packers battle the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, and when asked jokingly by ESPN’s Dan Le Batard if he would avoid Sherman before the game, Rodgers was not taking the bait.

“No, I’m definitely gonna shake his hand pregame,” Rodgers said, laughing. “Show him the respect, mutual respect. It’s gonna be all love and respect.”

So, will Rodgers target the Pro Bowl defensive back during the contest?

“Oh, I don’t know,” Rodgers said. “It depends on who’s open.”

Well played, Aaron.

The Packers and 49ers met back in Week 12, when San Francisco gave Green Bay a 37-8 shellacking at Levi’s Stadium. The Packers are hoping things go a bit better this time.

As for how the two teams reached this point?

Both Green Bay and San Francisco earned first-round byes after winning 13 games apiece, and the Packers and Niners both proceeded to win their Divisional Round matchups, with Rodgers and Co. defeating the Seattle Seahawks and Sherman’s group thumping the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers last made it to the Super Bowl back in the 2010-11 campaign, when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile, the 49ers went a couple of years later, falling to the Baltimore Ravens.