Rodgers and the Pack are in need of a quality win
It’s hard to have a conversation about The G.O.A.T. without somebody interrupting and dropping Rodgers’ name where it just doesn’t belong. Does Mr. Rodgers’ name belong in the next level of great quarterbacks, absolutely? As a matter of fact, Aaron Rodgers is probably in the next top 2 to 3 names. Both are up there in age (Brady 45, Rodgers 38), and they are both as good as they have ever been by most calculations. Rodgers, thief of the last two MVP trophies, will lead the Packers into Ray-Jay in desperate need of a quality win to legitimize his coming back to the Pack in 2022. Surely he must figure there’s more out there for his team than a Vikings’ loss early this season. A loss in Tampa would set the Pack up with a 1-2 record after three. A win over a legitimate contender in an unfriendly stadium would have them looking at a more palatable 2-1 record going into a matchup with New England next week.
5 matchups since 2006
Let’s take a quick look at the head-to-head record between the two Hall Of Fame quarterbacks. In their first matchup back in 2006, Rodgers came in for an injured Brett Favre in the second quarter and led his team to a 35-0 Lambeau Field beatdown loss to Brady and the Patriots. It would be 8 years before the two would meet again in 2014. Rodgers claimed his only win in the matchup, winning 26-21 at Lambeau. Four years later in 2018 at Foxboro, Brady grabbed another convincing win 31-17, finishing 2-1 as a Patriot against Aaron Rodgers. The two would meet again in Brady’s first season as a Buccaneer, 2020. An early season Tampa Home Game would see the Bucs start out slow but then come on strong in handing Rodgers and company a resounding 38-10 throttling. Rodgers was picked off twice and only managed 160 yards passing for the effort. The Bucs scored the last 38 straight points in the contest.
Chance at redemption in the postseason slipped away in 2020
In the postseason of the 2020 season, Rodgers and the Packers would get a shot at redemption when the Buccaneers traveled up to Lambeau for the NFC Championship game. He would get a chance to erase the embarrassing 38-10 loss Brady hung on them earlier that same season. Again, Brady and the Buccaneers would have no part in Rodgers’s attempt at saving face. Brady led the Bucs to a 31-26 win and a berth in the Super Bowl at home.
Possible last chance for Rodgers to beat Brady
So there it is: Rodgers is 1-4 against Tom Brady (3 games with New England and two games with the Bucs), with the 6th and possibly the last matchup happening today in Tampa. The odds are with the Bucs and Brady that Rodgers will again be handed a solid L in the record books in 2022. Nobody knows for sure, but it’s possible this is Brady’s last season suiting up for an NFL Season. Leaving Rodgers long in the face, and tooth, with a likely 1-5 head-to-head record all-time against the G.O.A.T.; enough said. Go Bucs!!
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