Nothing worse than the end of football season.
In the postseason you hope and pray that the games will deliver memories that will carry into the offseason and remain relevant in your mind until the start of the season in September.
Well, before Sunday the NFL Postseason had been the definition of a dud. In six postseason games, there was not one finish that had you buzzing, one game that had you talking at the water cooler, saying “coulda, shoulda, woulda.”
This years’ postseason needed a masterpiece and Aaron Rodgers, the most physically gifted quarterback to ever play the position, delivered his Sistine Chapel.
The Packers and Cowboys played one of the most thrilling playoff games you will ever see, a 34-31 victory for the Packers and the performance of Aaron Rodgers still has me buzzing!
Rodgers had the challenge of taking on the best team in the NFC the entire year in the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys featured the best offensive line in football and a pair of rookie studs, running back Ezekiel Elliot and quarterback Dak Prescott.
In order to beat a team as complete as the Cowboys, Rodgers had to put on the Superman cape.
He did that and then some.
The throws, the precision, the accuracy, it was a thing of beauty to watch.
Even when the Cowboys rallied to tie the game after an 18-point deficit, Rodgers never flinched.
Less than 35 seconds to play, a trip to the NFC Championship game in the balance, Rodgers made one of the most improbable throws I’ve ever seen in a playoff game.
He rolled out to his left and delivered a 35-yard strike on the run setting up the game winning field goal and sending the Packers back to the NFC Championship game, breaking the hearts of Cowboys fans who believed that 2017 was their year.
I shouldn’t be surprised with Aaron Rodgers anymore.
He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play this game, and to think this quarterback and this team were left for dead back in November.
I remember the Packers mid-season narrative then. It was a team that had lost its way. The defense was a mess, head coach Mike McCarthy was on the hot seat, and Rodgers didn’t look like the great quarterback we had seen over the last eight years.
The Packers we’re 4-6 and their playoff chances appeared finished.
After their sixth loss in Washington, Rodgers proclaimed that the Packers would run the table and find their way into the postseason.
Many including this radio host/sports columnist thought he was crazy.
Lesson learned: never ever, ever doubt Aaron Rodgers!
The Packers won six consecutive games down the stretch to win the NFC North. They took care of the New York Giants, a team that had the best defense in all of football, and now they’ve taken down the best team in the NFC in the Dallas Cowboys.
An incredible achievement, and if the Packers are to finish the journey from 4-6 to a Super Bowl championship, they’ll have to go through an explosive Atlanta Falcons offense and either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the modern-day dynasty of the last fifteen years, the New England Patriots.
Long story short, if the Packers and Rodgers are to complete this remarkable turnaround, they’re going to have to earn it.
The Packers are far from perfect as a team, and they do have weaknesses that could certainly be exposed by the Atlanta Falcons or whoever is to come out of the AFC. However, with Mr. Discount Double Check, I’m done betting against Aaron Rodgers.
Whether it’s another Hail Mary, a brilliant throw on the run, or something else equally spectacular, 2017 may be the year of Aaron Rodgers.
Sit back, R-E-L-A-X, and enjoy watching Mr. Rodgers dominate his NFL neighborhood.
JJ’s NFL Championship Sunday Unlocks (44-36-2)
• Green Bay +4.5
• New England -5.5