Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Unfazed by Early Season Loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ahead of their NFC Championship Game

Published 01/20/2021, 12:17 PM EST
Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass to running back Jamaal Williams (30) against the Philadelphia Eagles during their football game Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK


Aaron Rodgers has been having a fantastic season. The Green Bay Packers‘ quarterback has been the leading force as the team accumulated a 13-3 record, the best in the NFC.

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For the Packers, now they face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after defeating the LA Rams in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers spoke to Pat McAfee on his podcast, where he was asked whether the Buccaneers’ win over the Packers meant anything going into their playoff fixture this weekend.

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Rodgers opined that it won’t make a difference in the grander scheme of things and used the example of the Bucs game against the Saints.

He said, “I think the Week 6 game matters just about as much as when the Saints went to Tampa and beat them 38-3. It obviously didn’t affect them last week at all.

“We lost by 20 at their place, they lost by 35 at home. They just beat the Saints by 10. This is a finals game and things change, teams change and evolve and you get better or worse but not much staying the same.” 

Aaron Rodgers not fazed by a loss to Buccs

Rodgers noted that the season is long and arduous, and teams go through many changes and phases. The team that starts the season is not the same that ends it. And Rodgers believes that the Packers have enough to beat the Buccaneers, despite the loss earlier in the season.

Rodgers added, “There’s an evolution throughout the season of plays, play calling, adjustments, guys playing good, guys may be falling off, young guys stepping in.

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“There’s a lot of things that happen between then and now. I’ll give it as much credence as they gave the 38-3 game. It meant nothing to them when they went out there and beat the Saints on Sunday.”

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates his touchdown pass with wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) against the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL divisional playoff game Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Can Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers defeat Tom Brady and the Buccaneers? This is a legacy game for both players, as the two have been rivals for much of their careers.

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But now, only one can prevail and reach the Super Bowl. Rodgers may feel as though he needs it more, given the number of Super Bowl rings he has compared to Brady.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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