It’s no question that Aaron Rodgers will go down as one of the greatest passers in NFL history. The eight-time Pro Bowler for the Green Bay Packers has led the franchise for more than a decade and has spearheaded the offense for the Green and Gold to numerous playoff runs, including a Super Bowl title in 2010.
With a Lombardi Trophy under his belt and a few more individual awards as well as NFL records, it’s no doubt that Aaron Rodgers has had quite a glorious career as the Packers’ main signal-caller. Here are his top five greatest moments in Green Bay.
5. Four touchdown classic (2010 Divisional Round vs Atlanta Falcons)
2010 marked the Packers’ historic Super Bowl run but Rodgers’ masterful performance against the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs will surely go down as one of his greatest games. The QB had an almost-immaculate game completing 31 of 36 passes for a whopping total of 366 yards in a blowout victory against the top-seeded Falcons. Aaron Rodgers was responsible for four out of the five touchdowns for Green Bay – passing three of them and rushing for one of his own.
The 48-21 victory spearheaded by Aaron Rodgers was the most points scored in Packers playoff history. The quarterback also tied an NFL record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (3 games) and also set an NFL record by becoming the only quarterback to pass for ten touchdowns combined in three consecutive playoff games.
4. 17-point comeback (2018 Week 1 vs. Chicago Bears)
Green Bay started their 2018 campaign against the Chicago Bears and unfortunately, they were up big in the last and final quarter. Earlier in the game, Rodgers had to be ushered off the field with an apparent knee injury but with Packers down big in the fourth, Rodgers had to step up. At the 14-minute mark, Rodgers threw an amazing 39 yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison to spark some sort of fire in the Green Bay offense. After another successful offensive outing to cut the lead to a single possession, Rodgers once again came up huge. With two and a half minutes left on the game clock and down by six, Rodgers was running out of options and threw a fifteen yard pitch to wide receiver Randall Cobb who was left unmanned and ran 70 yards all the way to the end zone to secure a 24-23 win for the Packers. No wonder Rodgers made it to the NFL 2010’s All-Decade Team with games like this.
3. NFC North Champs (2013 Week 17 vs. Chicago Bears)
2013 was a shaky season for the two-time NFL MVP. In Week 9 against the Chicago Bears, the Packers lost both the game and Aaron Rodgers as he suffered a collar bone injury which would sideline him for the next six games.
A comeback-focused Aaron Rodgers took the field in a rematch against the Bears in the final week of the regular season where he would come up with one of the best plays of his career. The Packers were in a 4th and 8 scenario with 46 seconds to go and were down by 1. From the snap, Rodgers threw a miraculous 48-yard heave to Cobb to seal the Packers’ 24-23 victory to secure the game and the division.
2. Hail Mary King (2015 Week 13 vs. Detroit Lions)
Someway, somehow Aaron Rodgers always finds a way. The two-time First-Team All-Pro selection made himself known throughout his career as one of the most clutch passers not just for Green Bay but in the entire league. And in 2015, he further cemented this with a couple of historic Hail Mary passes. He did convert a last-second 55-yard pass to take their playoff matchup against the Arizona Cardinals to overtime but his Hail Mary against the Detroit Lions in Week 13 has got to be a personal favorite.
The Packers were down two and the game seemed virtually over as they tossed the ball around as the game clock ran out. Fortunately, a defensive penalty was called and gave Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay another shot at winning the match. With two seconds left on the play clock and zero left on the game clock, Rodgers had one last play in him. After scrambling out of a blitz, Rodgers found some space and threw a 65-yard prayer which was miraculously caught by Richard Rodgers at the end zone. Just wow.
1. Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
Of course this has got to be top of the list. After battling some team hurdles due to different injuries, the Packers still managed to end the regular season with a 10-6 record to clinch the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. Aaron Rodgers was having an MVP-like season and spearheaded the Green Bay offense as they routed the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears to earn a slot at Super Bowl XLV against the AFC champions the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Follow my lead today,” voiced Aaron Rodgers in their pregame huddle. The Packers’ main gunner would not disappoint.
Aaron Rodgers had himself quite a championship performance. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers to a 31-25 win over the Steelers to claim Super Bowl glory. The quarterback was nearly unstoppable and was named the Super Bowl MVP for the first time in his career. He became one of four quarterbacks to record over 300 yards, with at least three touchdown passes, and no interceptions in a Super Bowl. The year after, Rodgers finally claimed his first NFL MVP title.