NBC’s slogan for Sunday Night Football is “it’s football night”. But ever since Aaron Rodgers has been starting games for the Green Bay Packers, Sunday night has been Aaron’s night.
On a Sunday night earlier this season, the Packers were in as much as a must-win situation as a team could be in against Houston Texans. Many prognosticators, including myself prior to game night, gave the Packers a small chance to win the game, until I started thinking about Green Bay’s previous Sunday night games.
Ever since Rodgers replaced Brett Favre in 2008, the Packers are 6-1 in games he starts on Sunday night, with Rodgers’ only loss coming in his first season against the Dallas Cowboys. Since that loss, Rodgers has been Mr. Sunday Night. Here are the results:
2009: Packers 21 Bears 15 – – Rodgers: 17/28, 186 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
2010: Packers 28 Vikings 24 – – Rodgers: 21/34, 294 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
2010: Packers 45 Cowboys 7 – – Rodgers: 27/34, 289 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
2011: Packers 42 Saints 34 – – Rodgers: 27/35, 312 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT (Thursday Season Opener, but was NBC)
2011: Packers 25 Falcons 14 – – Rodgers: 26/39, 396 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
2011: Packers 35 Bears 21 – – Rodgers: 21/29, 283 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
2012: Packers 42 Texas 24 – – Rodgers: 24/37, 338 yards, 6TDs, 0 INT
Rodgers’ Totals: 163/236, 69 completion percentage, 22 TDs, 2 INTs
I don’t know how to calculate QB rating, but I am going to assume that is in the high 130s. For this very reason, I expect the Packers to go into New York and defeat the New York Giants this Sunday night. It’s a game that both teams desperately need, so there will be no lack of motivation on either side.
By kickoff, Green Bay will know if they will be playing for sole possesion of first place in the NFC North, while the Giants will want to extend their NFC East lead over the Washington Redskins, before they square off next week.
But if two is a coincidence and three is a trend, what is it when it happens six straight times?
Packer fans hope it means it’s a certainty.