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

January 23, 2021 7:17 am

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.

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.

“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.

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

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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