When it comes to quarterback matchups, it is pretty hard to pass on this week’s showdown between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers. It could be the final time the legendary passers meet on the football field.
Brady’s first experience against Green Bay was not a positive one, as he was intercepted three times. Brady was 24 of 44 for 183 yards with a touchdown pass during that 2002 game when Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes in the 35-10 win by the Packers.
Brady’s teams have topped Rodgers’ teams in five of their six matchups, and even though Brady spent most of his career with AFC powerhouse New England and Rodgers has led the Packers in the NFC playoffs 11 times in his remarkable run with Green Bay, they have met in the postseason only one time.
The NFL betting line and NLF predictions have Brady fifth and Rodgers seventh in the odds to be named the NFL Regular Season Most Valuable Player.
Brady is the all-time NFL leader with 84,922 career passing yards in the regular season, while Rodgers ranks 10th with 55,789 yards. Brady is also the leader with 626 touchdown passes, while Rodgers is fifth with 451. Rodgers ranks third with a career passing rating of 104.4, and Brady is eighth at 97.5.
The real difference between the two comes in the playoffs. Brady has been the starting quarterback on seven Super Bowl-winning teams, while Rodgers has one Super Bowl title. In addition, Brady has nearly twice as many passing yards in the postseason than any other NFL player.
Both teams could play better on offense and be in better shape health-wise going into the game.
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“We have to reach a higher level on offense.”
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 22, 2022
Here is a breakdown of the matchups:
Tampa Bay 31, Green Bay 26
- Date: Jan. 24th, 2021
- Line: Green Bay -3
Big Play: Brady connects with Scotty Miller on a 39-yard touchdown pass with one second left in the first half to give the visiting Buccaneers the 21-10 halftime lead.
Rodgers had better statistics in the NFC Championship Game as he completed 33 of 48 passes for three touchdowns and one interception despite being under constant pressure from the Tampa Bay defense that sacked him three times. Brady threw for 280 yards with three TDs, but he was intercepted three times.
Tampa Bay never trailed in the game and would upset Kansas City two weeks later to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl title as Brady helped his team defy the NFL odds once again.
Tampa Bay 38, Green Bay 10
- Date: Oct. 18th, 2020
- Line: Green Bay -2½
Big Play: Tampa Bay cornerback Jamel Dean returned a pass from Rodgers 32 yards for a touchdown to cut Green Bay’s lead 10-7. The Buccaneers scored the final 31 points.
It was a pretty quiet game for both players. Brady was 17 of 27 for 166 yards and two touchdown passes, while Rodgers finished 16 of 35 for 160 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times. That set the stage for how the playoff matchup played out a little more than three months later.
New England 31, Green Bay 17
- Date: Nov. 4th, 2018
- Line: New England -5
Big Play: Brady connects with Phillip Dorsett on a 17-yard pass on 3rd-and-7 from the New England 27. Seven plays later, James White’s 1-yard touchdown run gave New England the lead for good.
Green Bay appeared to be driving in for the go-ahead score when an Aaron Jones fumble changed the game’s complexion.
Brady would drive the Patriots 76 yards in 10 plays. The next time New England got the ball, it took three plays for Brady to hit Josh Gordon with the 55-yard TD pass.
Brady finished 22 of 35 for 294 yards and one touchdown. Rodgers was 24 of 43 for 259 yards with two touchdown passes.
Green Bay 26, New England 21
- Date: Nov. 30th, 2014
- Line: Green Bay -1½
Big Play: Rodgers hooked up with Richard Rodgers on a 32-yard scoring strike with less than 10 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Packers the 13-0 lead.
This was the only time Rodgers’ Green Bay team got the better of Brady’s team, with the Packers also covering against the NFL picks.
Rodgers was 24 of 38 for 368 yards and two TDs, adding 22 rushing yards. Brady was 22 of 35 for 245 yards and had two touchdown passes.
The Packers scored the first 13 points of the game, and when New England got close, Rodgers engineered scoring drives.
After Brady’s short TD toss to Brandon LaFell cut the lead to 16-14, Rodgers completed three passes for 81 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson.
Another Brady to LaFell touchdown made it a two-point game once again. Rodgers completed four passes, including a drive extending throw on third down to set up a field goal.
New England 35, Green Bay 0
- Date: Nov. 19th, 2006
- Line: New England -6
Big Play: Brady threw the first of his three touchdown passes to Daniel Graham on the Patriots’ first offensive possession as New England Patriots rolled to the easy win.
Brady was 20 of 31 for 244 yards and four TD passes. Rodgers came on in relief of starter Brett Favre. He was 4 of 12 for 32 yards and was sacked three times.
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