Aaron Rodgers Super Performance
I know the Super Bowl is less than 24 hours old but I firmly believe we might have witnessed true greatness last night.
I think Aaron Rodgers’ performance was the best from a QB in Super Bowl history. He was nearly flawless. This is his Super Bowl XLV stat line: 24 of 39, 304 yards, 3 TD and 0 interceptions. And for that, he was aptly named the Super Bowl MVP.
It was even more remarkable when you consider a number of factors. He completed passes to receivers that weren’t always open! He was pressured, banged around a bit, had a receiver go down and had to withstand dropped balls. He was also asked to make plays for the entire game.
Rodgers’ 31-yard pass to Jennings on a third-and-10 from the Packers’ 25 with about 6:00 remaining illustrated how great he is in clutch situations. Pittsburgh started to gain momentum but Rodgers put an end to that pretty quickly.
Rodgers also stepped out of the shadow of Brett Favre. He now has as many Super Bowl rings as #4. He was named the Super Bowl MVP – something Favre could never do.
Let’s also consider the opponent. Pittsburgh came into the game as the best defense in the NFL. They led the league in almost every category. They have stars all over the place (Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, James Farrior). These guys were invisible. Rodgers torched them for 304 yards and 3 TD’s with no interceptions.
Rodgers didn’t have any other help. His receivers dropped numerous passes when they were wide open. Most of the drops should have been routine catches. Green Bay only ran the ball 11 times (13 if you count 2 of Rodgers’ attempts).
I’m not ready to put Rodgers in the Montana, Young or Brady class just yet – but keep in mind, this is only his 3rd year in the NFL.