If by some unfortunate reason there were people out there who doubted the greatness and clutch gene of Aaron Rodgers, they might as well believe it now.
The tandem of Rodgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady took down the pairing of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo’s Josh Allen in Capital One’sThe Match on Wednesday evening in Las Vegas.
It was a matchup of all-time great quarterbacks against future all-time great quarterbacks. The old dogs got the better of the young pups in this particular matchup.
Rodgers was the driving force behind his and Brady’s victory, which was the second consecutive victory for Rodgers in The Match. He and Brady went two under through the first two holes and went three under through the final four holes.
The Green Bay Packers‘ legend started strong with a birdie and ended strong with a birdie. The latter was particularly impressive.
On the 12th and final hole, with the game tied and after landing a fantastic drive right on the green, the future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer nailed a 15-foot putt to win the event. In fact, No. 12 gave a massive fist pump before the ball even rolled into the hole.
What a lot of people aren’t talking about is how Aaron went quiet after the first few rounds. When host Ernie Johnson, analysts Trevor Immelman, J.J. Watt, and Charles Barkley tried to speak to him, it’s almost as if he turned off his headphones.
He tuned out all the talking and all the noise, then went to work. When you’re a competitor, you have that quality about yourself that allows you to turn off everything else except your focus and ability. There is arguably no greater athlete in the world right now than Aaron Rodgers at that.
If I am a Green Bay Packers fan, I am really fired up about this. Seeing Aaron Rodgers perform at a higher level than Brady, Mahomes and Allen, the three other top signal-callers in the game behind Rodgers, that has to get the players, coaches, and fans in Green Bay excited.
He just signed a new three-year deal that would keep him in Green Bay until he most likely retires.
Combine the greatness and clutch genes of Aaron Rodgers with an elite defense, a top-three running game at worst, and a much-improved special teams, and it could be a special run in 2022 for the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers is still clutch. If the back-to-back MVP awards weren’t proof, maybe outperforming three other “G.O.A.T.S.” in another sport is. At this point, it should go without saying.