Playoffs NFL 2021 Buccaneers vs Packers Only one can make it to the Super Bowl
Pthat to everything Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have achieved in their illustrious careers, very seldom had they come face to face on a grating.
And they have never encountered so much at stake.
Sunday when Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers (14-3) host Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-5) in the National Conference championship match, it will be just their fourth tug of war as starting quarterbacks, and their first in the playoffs.
“I remember well when I found out he was coming to the NFC, I thought this was a real possibility,” Rodgers said. “I am excited for the opportunity to face him one more time.”
The Bucs crushed the Packers 38-10 in Tampa on October 18. Both stars also met twice when Brady played in New England – the Packers were 26-21 at Green Bay in 2014 and the Patriots were victorious 31-17 at Foxborough four years later.
Brady and Rodgers are clear that all eyes will be on them Sunday. Kurt Warner, the Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL analyst, says it’s normal.
“When I was a player, I always had in mind who was going to be on the other side,” Warner said. “He always told me when facing those duels that, in short, to win this game, you had to perform better than the other quarterback. I have to be superior to the quarterback on the other side. “
The 43-year-old Brady has been vital in the Bucs’ string of seven straight road victories, unprecedented in franchise history. Winning at Lambeau Field will install them in their first Super Bowl since the 2002 season championship.
“This is one of the stadiums in the league where you enjoy playing the most,” Brady said. “I know they are fascinated, and everything is served to make it a great game.”
Brady wants to emulate Warner, Peyton Manning and Craig Morton as the only quarterbacks to command two different franchises in a Super Bowl. He already boasts six Super Bowl titles and has played a grand total of nine with the Patriots.
Green Bay will play its fourth NFC championship in the last seven seasons, But Rodgers hasn’t been to a Super Bowl since he led the Packers to the title in the 2010 season. Warner says a postseason service record weighs on a player’s historical legacy.
“This is why Tom is the greatest of all time,” Warner said. “That is why Joe Montana is on high, and the others who made it multiple times – the John Elways -, and the rest are a step down. Although they have been huge in the regular season, there is a combination of the two that goes a long way. “
Summarizing it: Rodgers needs this win more than Brady.
“What He has only been to one Super Bowl, because that is something that does not convince everyone “, Warner said. “It doesn’t convince all of us that we enjoy this sport and know its excellence. It doesn’t fit.”
This It might be the last great chance Rodgers would get At 37, of reaching an elusive second Super Bowl.
“It’s been a long time since he was last crowned champion,” said Rich Gannon, 2002 NFL MVP and CBS Sports analyst. “I think it will certainly cement his legacy as one of the greats of the sport, in my opinion. Not that it is something that he needs, but I just tell you that it is probably his thinking.”