After the second half he had endured in Week 6, Aaron Rodgers could have given up. However, in the blistering Miami sun, the humidity and heat that would make anyone working that hard delirious, the Green Bay Packers pushed on.
Facing certain defeat with less than a minute to go, Rodgers faked the spike, fooled the Dolphins, dropped back and searched for a receiver. With the confusion going on from thinking the play was dead, Rodgers threw to Davante Adams, who ran the ball around a confused Cortland Finnegan, who realized too late but knocked Adams out four yards shy of the end zone, effectively stopping the clock.
What was a necessary evil turned out to be the Dolphins’ undoing. A second later, Rodgers snapped the ball to Andrew Quarless in the end zone and the Packers’ victory was assured.
One could say Rodgers learned everything he needed to know from Brett Favre, but I believe Favre laid the foundations, instilled the basics and showed him a few tricks. Rodgers watched Favre for four years, and it is inconceivable that he didn’t learn anything. However, in the past six years, Rodgers has turned Favre’s game into an art form.
Rodgers makes what he does look easy, but the fact of the matter is that no one can do what he does. He has a composure in the pocket that allows him to stay cool under pressure. Even though he does get sacked what seems like quite a bit, he rebounds with grace and purpose. He also has been accused of being picked off quite easily, but the fact is that Rodgers has the best touchdown to interception record in NFL history.
Speaking of records, Rodgers shares more than moves with Dan Marino. As it turns out, Rodgers shares two records with the legend — and beat one that’s rather impressive.
Before Rodgers turned 30, he had thrown 30 touchdowns. He, Marino and Favre are the only quarterbacks to do so. Another record Marino and Rodgers share (along with Kurt Warner and both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning) is they have both thrown over 1,000 yards in a single postseason. Rodgers also threw the fewest interceptions before his 150th career touchdown, with 42 to Marino’s 69.
I could talk about Rodgers’ records all day, but I believe the best example of his genius is gleaned by simply watching him play every week. This week, Rodgers out did himself. He worked innovatively with his receivers, battled heat that the Packers are unaccustomed to, kept his cool under severe pressure, and used a move made famous by a Dolphin team that played against them. Better yet, he had the grace to be humble about it.
I know most people would look to Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Peyton Manning as the league’s best quarterback, but they can’t move like Rodgers can and they can’t think like Rodgers can. That is why Rodgers is the best quarterback not only in Week 6, but in the NFL at this time.