Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady
Brady and Rodgers combined have 33 seasons under their belt, but have only met once as starters. Rodgers is first on the all-time career passer rating list with 103.6 while Brady stands at third with 97.6.
The argument about who is the greatest of all time will most likely always linger with these two quarterbacks, but it is hard to compare. Do you look at statistics, do you look at rings or do you look overall team performances?
Tom Brady has played for the New England Patriots since 2000. He was their sixth-round draft pick that year. Since then, he has led them to eight Super Bowl appearances and came out victorious in five of them.
Brady has an overall playoff record of 27-10. The Patriots have made the playoffs with Brady as their quarterback every year except 2002. Brady is in an exclusive club in the NFL; he is one of only four players to have 500 touchdowns. He is also only 36 touchdown passes away from breaking the all-time touchdown record set by Peyton Manning.
Aaron Rodgers was drafted in 2005, but did not start for the Green Bay Packers until 2008 when Brett Favre “retired”. Rodgers has taken the team to the playoffs every year except his first as a starter. He has made it to three NFC Championship games but only has only made it to one Super Bowl.
Rodgers holds the record for highest passer rating in a season at 122.5, as well as the highest passer rating in his career in the NFL. He was also the youngest and fastest ever to reach 300 touchdown passes and had the least interceptions while doing so. Meaning he has the best touchdown to interception percentage in NFL history.
Both Rodgers and Brady are the greatest of all time. They produce fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives at tremendously high calibers. They can stay calm in the pocket and throw with high accuracy as well as with great distance.
Both quarterbacks can make linemen miss and break away from sacks. Rodgers has the ability to run and produce highly accurate throws while on the run, he looks comfortable in and outside of the pocket.
Sunday Night Football
The Patriots were victorious on Sunday night, but it was an all-out brawl until the fourth quarter when Packers running back Aaron Jones fumbled the ball on the outskirts of the red zone and the Patriots recovered. The advantaged switched from Green Bay to New England. The struggling young and injury prone Green Bay were unable to hold New England in the end.
Rodgers was only sacked once the whole game, yet he was pressured almost 20 times. While Brady was sacked twice, he was only pressured two other times. His offensive line is impeccable, while Rodgers’ line clearly needs more work.
After the game, the top quarterbacks are now 1-1 against each other in their careers. Since the Packers are in the NFC and the Patriots are in the AFC, these two teams are not scheduled to play again until 2022. Meaning that this game could have been the last matchup of their respective careers.
In both of these GOAT’s careers, these teams have met a total of three times. Aaron Rodgers was out the first game with a concussion in 2010. The Packers would go on to win the Super Bowl. In 2014, the Packers snagged the win, yet the Patriots snagged another Super Bowl win that year. So in hindsight, this means the loser of the game would win the Super Bowl right?