The Green Bay Packers‘ 14-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 will have a lasting impact in terms of owning the head-to-head victory in 2022.
Since Tom Brady’s arrival to the NFC in 2022, the Bucs have become one of the premier teams standing in the way of the Packers’ Super Bowl window.
Tampa Bay took both games during the 2020 season, with the second game coming in the NFC Championship that ended a promising Packers team that had every tool to win that year’s Super Bowl.
While the two teams didn’t meet last season due to the NFL’s seasonal matchup rules, the two would fair off early in the 2022 season, giving Green Bay an advantage it will need as the season churns.
Why the Packers having the tiebreaker means a lot moving forward
Every NFL team is now given 17 games during the regular season to make their mark towards a successful one with the hopes of playing in January. As Captain Obvious of a statement that sounds, make no mistake that wins and losses have huge factors when it comes to playoff seeding.
Now, we are nowhere near the playoff field as we’ve only reached Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season, but games like this have a huge impact down the road.
With their head-to-head win on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers has now beaten Brady twice during their historic careers. The first occasion came back in 2014 when Brady was a member of the New England Patriots, and secondly in Tampa Bay.
Green Bay owning the head-to-head matchup is a huge early advantage to own knowing that if the two teams end up tied at season’s end, it’ll be Green Bay that’ll win the tiebreaker.
While Brady has already come to Lambeau Field in January in the cold, you’d still like to have home-field advantage as anything can, and will happen, once you get into the playoffs.
The two teams will look dramatically different, as both teams had their issues to sort out for 60 minutes, once January rolls around.
“It’s Week 3,” Rodgers said after the game, according to ESPN.com. “It feels good for sure. There could be some tiebreakers and stuff down the line when you beat a team like this.”
The importance of getting this win will be a major focus heading into a Week 4 home date with Brady’s old team, the Patriots, at Lambeau Field this Sunday.
Whether it’s how the offense continues to evolve, having a top-tier defense that will continue to save games, or winning against future NFC teams with playoff implications on the line, this 2022 Packers team will at least be entertaining.