Tom Brady All Fired-Up for ‘Big Test’ Against Aaron Rodgers and Co.

Published 01/22/2021, 8:47 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Bruce Arians-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers sealed a spot in this year’s NFC Championship Game with a convincing 20-30 win over the New Orleans Saints last weekend. Tom Brady had a major role to play in that win, throwing for 199 yards with 2 passing touchdowns. Both teams were level at the end of the 3rd quarter.

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But it was the visiting team who proved to score the decisive points in the final quarter. In doing so, the Bucs were catapulted into a high stakes game against the #1 seed in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers is playing as a man possessed ever since the season began in September 2020.

The 37-year-old is in the lead for the NFL MVP race but faces a tough challenge in the form of Brady and the Bucs. Which of these two old warhorses will have the last laugh?

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Tom Brady heaps praise on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Tom Brady exuded a calm and confident aura at the NFC Championship game pre-match press conference. The 6-time Super Bowl winner was asked to give his take on Aaron Rodgers’ playing style. Here’s what he replied.

He said, “He basically does everything well, so he’s got great command and experience. You know, leadership, players are playing hard.

“You know, he’s got a great style of play. So he obviously throws the ball as well as any quarterback, gets rid of the ball quickly.”

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the first half of a NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“Has great vision of the field, is able to extend plays with his legs. And, you know, it’s a lot of explosive players he’s got, so you got a great football team.

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“And they obviously got a top-scoring offense or a top offense, however you see it and it’s a big test,” Brady said in the pre-game presser.

Rodgers finished the regular season with 4,200+ yards with a mammoth 48 passing TDs to his name. He was clinical in the win against LA Rams as well, throwing for 296 yards with 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD.

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Packers’ faithful will hope their star quarterback will be at his explosive best when the Bucs step onto the Frozen Tundra.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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