Going Back in Time, Who Holds the Edge in the Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers Battle?

Published 01/18/2021, 10:37 AM EST
Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The NFC title game is set to be a showdown of the 2 all-time greats of the game. Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers. Arguably the 2 most gifted quarterbacks in recent history, the 2 have done it and won it all.

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This, however, is set to be their first meeting in the postseason. And with a ticket to the Super Bowl riding on the line, picking a winner among the 2 quarterbacks is a difficult task.

But at least going by their previous meetings, we have one who comes out on top. The 2 have only ever met 3 times in the past. And it’s Tom Brady who has the head-to-head advantage going into the NFC title game.

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Let’s revisit the past 3 times the 2 sides met to have a better understanding of what could be in store for us next week.

2014- Green Bay Packers 26, New England Patriots 21

The first time the 2 GOATs met was back in 2014 at Lambeau Field. Brady, who was then with the New England Patriots, entered the game with a 9-2 record that season. But it was Aaron Rodgers who ended up having the last laugh.

Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers QB finished out a game-winning performance. With 368 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, Rodgers helped the Packers seal the tie by connecting with Randall Cobb to give him the much-needed win.

Brady recorded 2 touchdowns as well, but only registered 245 passing yards on the night.

2018- New England Patriots 31, Green Bay Packers 17

The next encounter between the 2 came 4 years later in 2018. This time, with home advantage, it was Brady and the Patriots who came out on top.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers dug deep to find their footing. But ultimately his 259 passing yards and 2 touchdowns were not enough to lead his team to a win.

Tom Brady, on the other hand, had registered nearly 300 passing yards and got his team into the Green Bay Packers’ red zone enough to seal the tie.

2020- Tampa Bay 38, Green Bay 10

In their latest encounter that came earlier this season, Tampa came away with the win. The display from either quarterback wasn’t one they’ll be adding to their highlights reel.

After getting off to a solid 10 to nothing start, Tampa Bay took over in their own backyard and scored 38 points unanswered. The game was Rodgers’ worst this season.

The quarterback who ended up throwing just 5 interceptions through the season, made 2 in this game alone. Not totally on-song, Brady did just about enough to give his side the win over the Packers with 166 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

So while recent form would suggest a win for the Buccaneers, the head-to-heads have a two-pronged story to tell. Brady is 2-1 against Aaron Rodgers. But each time the winning time has had home advantage. Something that the Packers will enjoy being the NFC’s top seed.

Going into the clash of the titans, which quarterback do you have your money on to make it to the Super Bowl this season?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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