When the Green Bay Packers lost to the Washington Redskins to fall to 4-6 on the year, many people thought it was the end of their season. However, Green Bay has rallied to win their last eight games, and Aaron Rodgers is playing some of the best football of his career. In fact, he may be the best player remaining in the playoffs.
One Play Summed Up His Recent String of Brilliance
With only a few seconds left in their Sunday game against the Cowboys, the Packers were facing a 3rd and 20 from deep inside their own territory. With only one chance to get into field goal range, Rodgers threw a dart to tight end Jared Cook while on the run. Cook caught the ball just inches from the sideline and just a fraction of a second before his knee hit the ground. That play led to a Mason Crosby field goal that won the game just as time expired.
Aaron Rodgers Is Actually a Dual-Threat Quarterback
When people talk about running quarterbacks, they think about Tyrod Taylor or Cam Newton. However, Rodgers actually rushed for 369 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. His scrambling ability is what allows him to extend plays and find his receivers open for big gains. In addition to his rushing stats, he passed for 40 touchdowns during the regular season, which is the second-highest total of his career. In the 2016-17 postseason, he has another six passing touchdowns and a rating of 110.4. Don’t count him out as an MVP dark horse.
He’s Playing Even Better Than Brady
It’s hard to say that someone should be the most feared player left playing when Tom Brady is still in the hunt for a Super Bowl. However, Brady looked a little rusty against the Texans in his first playoff action and threw two interceptions. If it wasn’t for the poor performance by Brock Osweiler, the Patriots could be sitting at home right now. Besides, New England actually has a secondary that can make plays unlike the token one the Packers trot onto the field. It also helps that Brady has admitted how much he loves watching Rodgers play.
There is no question that Aaron Rodgers is the reason why the Packers are playing so well right now. Although Ty Montgomery has been a revelation at running back, even he is inconsistent from game to game. While Brady may be the player with the best reputation of postseason success, Rodgers is the one who is playing lights out right now. That is what will ultimately determine who wins the Super Bowl in February.