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2012 NFL Playoffs: Aaron Rodgers Looks to Continue Dominant Play

2012 NFL Playoffs: Aaron Rodgers Looks to Continue Dominant Play
By Nick Slegel on January 02, 2013

Despite losing in Minnesota to the Vikings on a last second field goal last week, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers had another impressive day; throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions and a 131.8 passer rating.  The only downside to his near-perfect day was a costly fumble late in the game, which set up a Vikings score.

With the loss, the Packers slipped to the No. 3 seed in the NFC and no longer have a first round bye.  They’ll return home to Green Bay to take on the Vikings for the third time this season in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday night.

Rodgers finished the regular season with 4,295 passing yards (eighth best), 39 touchdown passes (second-most in the NFL) and threw only eight interceptions (fourth fewest in the league).  He compiled the league’s third best completion percentage at 76.2 percent and lead the NFL for the second straight year with a 108 passer rating. 

Heading into the playoffs this week, Rodgers will look to continue his dominant, MVP-caliber play in the postseason and against the Vikings.  Since becoming the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008, Rodgers has been dominant in the playoffs; posting a 4-2 postseason record and has thrown for 1,781 yards and 15 touchdowns with four interceptions and a passer rating of 103.2. 

He has been similarly dominant against the Vikings since taking over from Brett Favre; compiling a 6-4 record with 2,840 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, with only four interceptions.  He’s completed 70.7 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 116.4. 

Playing at night at Lambeau Field will prove to be a significant advantage for the Packers, who are sure to lean heavily on Rodgers to lead them one step closer to the Super Bowl.  Rodgers has a number of weapons to throw to, and if receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are cleared to play; it will just make the Packers and Rodgers that much more dangerous.  The one factor to keep an eye on is Green Bay’s offensive line: they allowed Rodgers to be sacked five times last week, and need to vastly improve this week if they want to win.  The Packers were really looking forward to the bye week and the extra time to get their players healthy, so it will be interesting to see who is able to play on Saturday Night. 

In the end, the Packers may not win the game, but history and the numbers don’t lie: Aaron Rodgers will have another dominant performance this week against the Vikings.  

Nick Slegel

Nick Slegel

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