How long can this go on for? Who can make it stop? How is it even possible?
These are just some of the questions football fans around the world are asking about Aaron Rodgers and his fantastical feats of football magic. Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you know by now that the Green Bay Packers are in the midst of an eight game win streak. After starting the 2016 NFL season off with a 4-6 record and on the brink of irrelevancy, the team has turned it around and is within striking distance of a Super Bowl berth. This is thanks in large part to Aaron Rodgers and the work he has done on the football field.
As a Lions fan, this guy has been ripping my metaphorical guts out for years now. There was a long time that I believed that many of the more amazing things he was able to do were flukes. Everyone is bound to have a few unbelievable plays go their way if they are on the field long enough, right? Well, I was very, very wrong. There’s no explanation for what he does week after week, other than that this guy is the best and most clutch player in the NFL. You have no idea how much it hurts me to say that.
I’ve wanted Aaron Rodgers and his team’s luck to run out for as long as I can remember and no matter how many sacrifices I make to the football gods, it just hasn’t happened. Leading me to the conclusion that it isn’t luck at all, he is just that good. He is the best there is and I just want the nightmare to end. Aaron Rodgers has single handedly carried the Packers this season and some of the miracles he has worked have left people speechless.
Take last Sunday’s divisional round matchup against the Dallas Cowboys for example. The Packers jumped out to a lead against the Cowboys. Aaron Rodgers was doing all his normal stuff. Evading pressure, escaping the pocket, buying tons of time with his legs and then rifling some of the craziest throws you’ve ever seen down field for huge completions. You know, run of the mill Rodgers stuff. The kind of stuff that makes you pull your own hair out if he is doing it against your team. But the Cowboys battles back and managed to tie the game up late in the fourth quarter. En route to that game-tying field goal by Dan Bailey, the Cowboys spiked the ball to stop the clock. When they did this I got a very sick feeling in my stomach.
By spiking the ball, the Cowboys left the Green Bay Packers with 35 seconds on the clock after the aforementioned field goal. Anyone who knows his body of work knows that 35 seconds is an eternity for Aaron Rodgers. At first glance, things looked to be going in the Cowboys favor. A sack on first down and an incompletion on second, had the Packers sitting at third-and-20 with only 18 seconds to play in the game. Surely this thing would be going to overtime and the Cowboys would have one last chance to end Aaron Rodgers’ reign of terror.
Then, he went full blown Rodgers mode and did what he always does in the biggest moments. Rodgers scrambled to the left and bought enough time to be able to throw a 36 yard bullet to the very edge of the field of play. He threw one of the prettiest passes you’ll ever see to the exact spot he intended and his tight end, Jared Cook, made a catch that was almost as beautiful as the pass. I challenge you to show me anyone else in the world who can make that pass across his body with as much velocity and accuracy.
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That pass from Rodgers to Jared Cook set up Mason Crosby and he drilled a 51 yard field goal to give the Packers a 34-31 victory and a trip to the NFC Championship game this weekend in Atlanta. He did it again. I’m grateful that Dallas made a game out of it and that final two minutes was some of the most captivating football action I’ve ever seen, but what does it matter if Aaron Rodgers is still going to crush your soul no matter how hard you try to avoid it. He didn’t even need Jordy Nelson to destroy the Cowboys, and at times he made it look maddeningly easy.
At 33 years old, this guys has many years of ripping out the hearts of opposing fans ahead. I wish it wasn’t true, but it is. I just want him to go away, and for a few brief weeks at the beginning of this season I thought his empire might be crumbling. But if this amazing run is any indication of the future, the entire league is in trouble. Because as long as Aaron Rodgers is working this kind of magic, he and the Packers can win the Super Bowl in any given year. Especially this one.