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Packers, Saints take main stage as 'mini Super Bowl' hits NFL's smallest market
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) ' Look past the towering rock concert stage that engulfs part of the Lambeau Field parking lot and there's a pair of massive banners depicting Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees hanging off the arena across the street.
Hotels will be full. Schools will close early. Coolers will be stocked and grills will be sizzling as a presidential speech goes largely ignored. As Kid Rock warms up for a pregame concert, there will be no doubt that a bigger-than-big game is hitting the NFL's smallest market.
Rodgers and Brees are the last two Super Bowl MVPs, leading the last two Super Bowl winners into Thursday night's opener. For the league, it's a chance to finally put away any lingering resentment from an offseason filled labor negotiations.