That’s the record for Aaron Rodgers when his team trails by one or more points entering the 4th quarter against teams with at least a .500 record. As great a player as Rodgers is that’s incredible inept in terms of how clutch he is from the quarterback position. Now how come this hasn’t come up before? Maybe because fans have been enamored with him throwing Mahomes-like touchdowns for the past decade, including a couple of crazy Hail Mary’s or because he’s played in five NFC Championship Games over the past 11 seasons. Whatever it is I get it, I truly do. He’s clearly one of the beat quarterbacks to ever play the game and from a pure arm standpoint I believe he’s second only to the aforementioned Patrick Mahomes. There were throws he made in this past NFC Championship Game against the Buccaneers where I saw it and said “Only Rodgers and Mahomes make that throw” yet he still couldn’t win.. because he’s simply not built like that.
That still doesn’t excuse the horrendous record against teams with a winning record. We watched Mahomes just win a Super Bowl with his team down by 10 in the fourth quarter.. He was 24 years old. Rodgers is over 10 years older but he hasn’t delivered a win in similar fashion? That’s almost laughable to be honest. Rodgers does have a Super Bowl ring back in the 2010 season, however he’s fallen short consistently since including losing his first playoff game in 2011 after leading the Packers to a 15-1 record that season and winning league MVP or what about his first NFC Championship Game loss in the 2014 season when his team had a 19-7 lead against the Seattle Seahawks but they eventually lost in overtime.. A game where Russell Wilson threw 4 interceptions and yet another season where Rodgers was the league’s MVP. He also doesn’t get a pass for 2016 although I believe that Falcons were the better team. He doesn’t get a pass because they got smacked 44-21 and he didn’t perform up to par once again. He basically repeated this last season when the Packers lost 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers in the Conference Championship Game.
Over the years we’ve heard many excuses for his early playoff exits: “Defense isn’t good enough”, “He doesn’t have any first round receivers”, “Running back play has been below average”
At this point those are all tired arguments. The Packers defense has been as good as ever the past couple of season under Rodgers. While he hasn’t played with “First round” wide receivers, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and Davante Adams are more than your typical serviceable wide outs. Nelson and Adams might both end up in Canton one day and Jennings scored 42 touchdowns with Rodgers as his quarterback including four in the playoffs.