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Three throws defined Rodgers’ performance

NFL Super Bowl Football

Sometimes the Super Bowl isn’t won on the big touchdown pass.  Sometimes it’s won on a third-and-10 in your own territory, with your defense falling apart, your lineman struggling to hold up, and your receivers dropping passes.

Aaron Rodgers‘ third down throw to Greg Jennings with just under six minutes left was the best low-percentage throw in a night full of them.  For my post-game column on NBCSports.com, I focused on three throws that will help Rodgers’ performance on Sunday night grow in Super Bowl lore over the years.

Sometimes, good defense just isn’t enough and football is not always about offensive playcalling.

On a night when Ben Roethlisberger’s accuracy was up-and-down, Rodgers’ ability to complete the difficult pass was a huge difference.

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16 Responses to “Three throws defined Rodgers’ performance”
  1. carlgerbschmidt says: Feb 7, 2011 10:56 AM

    We deserved this, Warriors! We are the greatest story in all of sports! If you can’t be happy, you have no soul. Isn’t life amazing!

  2. krow101 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:06 AM

    4 throws… counting the one throwing Lord Favre under the bus… where he belongs.

  3. fancyleague says: Feb 7, 2011 11:08 AM

    Rodgers was fantastic. I’m wondering if the Packers regret making him sit while Brett Favre screwed around for three more years. Then again, maybe that’s what made him such a good QB.

  4. cwt123 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:20 AM

    Aaron Rodgers has been the consummate professional. He handled years of the Brett Favre fiasco waiting patiently for his turn. Then he comes out to play on the world’s biggest stage and lights up the league’s top defense.

    Congrats to Packer fans.

  5. CKL says: Feb 7, 2011 11:27 AM

    He’s always been sick nasty accurate. I think he’s the most accurate QB in the NFL even though his comp% might not reflect that. All I know is every single game I watch Rodgers play there are at least 3-4 throws if not more per game where I just sit there in awe of the throw he made. And the QB of my team is Brady who’s hardly inaccurate.

    Rodgers was amazing and a pleasure to watch. I am so happy for GB. Especially McCarthy and Dom Capers who are awesome coaches and people. I love how they battled through everything this year and all those injuries during the game. They have grit and character.

  6. somesome says: Feb 7, 2011 11:32 AM

    …. and this shirt in the pic defines him as a “Cheese-head” …. good lord ….

  7. pervyharvin says: Feb 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    Pack fans are lucky Rodgers throws better than he picks his wardrobe.Look at that straight off the farm WI style shirt he is wearing in the above pic! Hideous!

  8. mike83ri says: Feb 7, 2011 11:41 AM

    I’m a Pats fan, but also a Football fan. I was talking to a buddy of mine earlier this year. If I became a GM of a team today, and could take any single player in the league to build my team around, it would be Aaron Rodgers.

  9. broncfanor says: Feb 7, 2011 12:26 PM

    Who’s “we”?

    Do YOU play for the Packers?

    “Deserve” ain’t got nothing to do with it son.

  10. marcsasharc says: Feb 7, 2011 12:33 PM

    i remember arguing with someone about the passing game. i argued how important it was and the other guy argued how the run game was more important. as if needed anymore evidence to prove that games are won through the air, the better passsing team (offense and defense) won. and they shouldve won by a lot more.
    :)

  11. breeshasabush says: Feb 7, 2011 1:11 PM

    Congrats Pack we were rooting for u. Good Job representing the NFC. Buuuut now its on to next year and we’re comin to take our Trophy back so enjoy it as much as we did bc its fun while it lasts (Vikings fans cant say the same). Congrats Pack, but WHO DAT!

  12. iwishiwasindc says: Feb 7, 2011 1:16 PM

    @pervyharvin:

    That’s all you got this morning when the football lovers of America are celebrating a good game and a dude who totally has lit up the league with his stellar play and his total lack of sex scandals? Wonder what Farve would have worn…oh, I know…Wranglers with the fly open and ready for photo ops! Congrats, Packer fans…your QB is tough and terrific….his shirt is the color of Victory!

  13. coby12 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:36 PM

    Congrats to Green Bay that played a great game, but can someone please comment on the fact that it was the defense and not Aaron Rodgers that won the game. On the Packers’ last drive, rather than scoring a touch down that would have put the game out of reach, they had to settle for a field goal which gave the Steelers an opening to come back on their two minute offense (remember Super Bowl 43 anyone?). Take away Keyaron Fox being an idiot and the Steelers have much better field position at which point maybe Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to Disneyworld. Rodgers is a fine QB but a great QB would have won the game. He didn’t plain and simple. I think he at least owes the defense a nice dinner.

  14. beepa11 says: Feb 7, 2011 2:00 PM

    Rodgers, Woodson, Driver, Matthews, et el… a very deserving bunch who got the job done. This was a total team effort. Hats off to McCarthy and Thompson for bringing THE Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay! Rodgers is the face of the Packers!

  15. JimmySmith says: Feb 7, 2011 2:30 PM

    coby12 says: Take away Keyaron Fox being an idiot and the Steelers have much better field position

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Let’s see, ignore the clipping call that got you to mid field and then let’s play the game? Are you a complete idiot? A Stealer fan so I am asking the wrong question.

    How about Big Ben missing his WR’s most of the night, do you think that had anything to do with it?

  16. coby12 says: Feb 7, 2011 3:48 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Let’s see, ignore the clipping call that got you to mid field and then let’s play the game? Are you a complete idiot? A Stealer fan so I am asking the wrong question.

    How about Big Ben missing his WR’s most of the night, do you think that had anything to do with it?

    *****************************
    Well Jimmy, I was referring to the Steelers final drive and the fact that their starting field position on that drive was impacted by the stupidity of a STEELER PLAYER who got called for unnecessary roughness during the return. There was no clipping call against GB on that drive that improved the Steelers field position.
    And yes, Ben did miss his WR’s on critical plays, none more so than when he hit 2 GB players instead. And on at least one of those INT’s a key factor was when Ben’s arm was hit by . . . . wait for it . . . the GB defense who did a great job in forcing that turnover, the fumble and the other INT. I was not intending to bash Rodgers, or anyone else but merely to point out that the GB defense was more pivotal in the win perhaps than was Rodgers who failed to put the game away when he and the offense had to settle for a FG on their final drive which left the door open for the possible comeback by the Steelers, which started much further back due to Fox’s stupidity and was stopped by the GB defense when they broke up a couple of pretty on target passes that Ben got off in that final drive. So my intention in the post was to praise the GB defense.

    Next time I can always write it in crayon for you.

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