Aaron Rodgers knows he’ll have a challenge in front of him when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come to town Sunday, but he has nothing but respect for his upcoming opponents.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback acknowledged that both teams came back from some early season struggles and have since been on a dominant path. Green Bay has taken seven of its last eight games, while New England has won seven straight.

“You go through some rough points, and it kind of reveals the character of the football team, and obviously they have a lot of character in that locker room and guys who stuck together, and that’s the most important thing when you’re facing adversity,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show Tuesday, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “And our team had to go through it as well … so it’s a couple of hot teams coming together, and it will be a great matchup.”

In addition to being a great matchup, Sunday also will mark the first time Rodgers and Brady face each other. However, the two signal-callers actually are good friends off the field.

“Tom loves talking ball,” Rodgers said. “So every time we get together, it’s always fun to talk football and see what he’s been thinking about and talk about his season and maybe throw some film on and watch a little bit of stuff.”

Still, it’s the Patriots’ defense that Rodgers actually will go head to head with, and he even had praise for the cornerback who likely will match up with his best receivers.

“I’ve always been a big (Darrelle Revis) fan, even when people were down on him,” Rodgers said. “The guy can flat-out cover.”

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