Every once in a while we all find ourselves in a predicament and we need someone to dictate to us what’s at hand. Break through the clutter and lay it on the line, the proverbial reality check.
Here it is Packers Nation; our beloved Green Bay Packers are outmatched against the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers. If the often-scorned Pro Bowl is a gauge for talent, the 49ers outpace the Packers by a tally of 8-0. Zilch, not one Pro Bowler on the Packers’ roster. The 49ers know they have talent and embrace the fake it ‘til you make it attitude of their coach, Jim Harbaugh. They exude confidence.
That’s not to mention the 49ers have defeated the Packers in each of the last three match-ups. In the previous two meetings San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick shredded Dom Capers and the Packers defense, first on the ground and then through the air. Kaepernick has quite frankly embarrassed the Packers defense.
To add insult to injury the Packer faithful are not exactly turning out in droves. For the first time since 1983 the game is in danger of being blacked out. Is it possible Packer fans lack faith in this team?
On paper all signs point to the Packers going down in defeat.
Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee, “We get paid for the regular season, and you carve out your legacy in the postseason.”
If the Packers are to beat the 49ers and have any hope of a shot at Super Bowl contention legacies need to be crafted beginning this Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers had a very good game coming off the injured collarbone and one miraculous play to leave the Bears out in the cold for the playoffs. But make no mistake creating legacies in the post season begins with Rodgers. Since winning the Super Bowl in a magical run in 2010 Rodgers has put up rather pedestrian numbers in the post season. In the thumping the Packers took last year versus the 49ers in the divisional playoff game Rodgers threw for a mere 257 yards two touchdowns and an interception.
Colin Kaepernick has owned Rodgers head to head. In both the playoff loss and the contest to begin the 2013 season Kaepernick has made Rodgers look like an also ran rather than a former league and Super Bowl MVP.
For a player who is known for holding onto things and having a chip on his shoulder, motivated by moments like falling in the 2005 draft, or being overlooked as a college prospect one would have to believe Rodgers burns to defeat Kaepernick and the team he grew up following.
If the Packers fall this coming Sunday the default legacy Rodgers is creating is one of a Super Bowl one hit wonder and a playoff failure. Now is the time for Rodgers to display an extraordinary performance. He has the power to elevate the play of those around him and aid in the building of their legacies.
In a game in which the Packers are truly outmatched, Aaron Rodgers can write history and solidify a legacy for which he can be proud. I’ve got a hunch Rodgers won’t let this opportunity pass him by.