Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers: Who Will Reign Supreme in the Battle of the GOATs?

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January 23, 2021 11:10 pm

The stage is set for the showdown of the 2 greatest quarterbacks in modern history. Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers. While Tom Brady is on the hunt for an unprecedented 7th Super Bowl ring, Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is after his 2nd.

The 2 have personified what it means to be a franchise quarterback. Although Brady took some time to adjust to life in Tampa, Rodgers hit the ground running right from the word go this season.

In fact, Rodgers’ renaissance has pegged him as a firm favorite for the regular season MVP-title. The 2 have met a couple of times in the past, but the stakes have never been higher.

With the NFC title and a ticket to the Super Bowl on the line, both quarterbacks will be looking to put it all on the line at the Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Tom Brady chasing history

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has peaked at just the right time. Following a slow start, many questioned Brady’s ability to perform outside his former team, the New England Patriots.

But Tom Brady, being Tom Brady, silenced his critics yet again. The Buccaneers have been in red-hot form with their veteran quarterback pulling the strings in the offense.

Brady ended the regular season with 40 passing touchdowns and 4,633 passing yards. The quarterback, however, has struggled with interceptions, having thrown 12 over the course of the regular season.

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Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

For Brady, though, there is some good news. The quarterback holds the edge over both Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in terms of head-to-head record.

The QB has beaten the Packers franchise 4 times over the 6 instances they’ve faced each other. Of the 6 games, 3 were against Aaron Rodgers. And there again, Brady emerged victorious, boasting of a 2-1 record over A-Rod. Thus, if history were to repeat itself, Brady has the odds in his favor.

Aaron Rodgers’ renaissance has taken the league by storm

The Packers quarterback has been nothing short of sensational this season. His performances over the course of the regular season not only helped his team lock up the NFC top seed, but also helped his case to be crowned the league MVP.

The word to describe Aaron Rodgers this season would be ‘clinical’. The quarterback has thrown just 5 interceptions over the 16 games that he’s started in the regular season. That only amounts to 1% of total passes attempted by him.

Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs the ball against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

But despite their stellar form, there are 2 things that could affect the side’s decision making on Sunday. First, the Packers have had terrible luck recently in the NFC Championship.

Their last 3 trips to the NFC’s summit have all ended in defeat. Two against the Seattle Seahawks, and their most recent defeat coming last season at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

Another key point to remember is that Tampa Bay are 1 of only 3 teams to have beaten them this season. Their Week 6 encounter that ended in a loss was also their biggest defeat in terms of points margin this season. It was also the game where Aaron Rodgers threw 2 interceptions.

With history favoring Brady, whom do you think, among the 2 Goliaths, will be taking to the field on February 7th for Super Bowl LV?

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Shivayan Roy

Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer for EssenstiallySports. The movie ‘Rudy’ piqued his interest in gridiron football and he has been an avid follower of the sport since. Shivayan has worked with multiple other entities in the past such as The New Indian Express, Goal.com, and Zee News to name a few.

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