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.
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.
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.
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.
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?