Aaron Rodgers leaves teammates in awe

In a town with so much football tradition, writers on the Green Bay Packers beat are usually cautious to throw out hyperbole.

Yet the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Green Bay Press-Gazette didn’t hesitate to call the performance by Aaron Rodgers on Saturday night against the Falcons one of the greatest by a quarterback in the team’s playoff history.   If not the greatest.

Rodgers’ teammates certainly agreed.

Guard Daryn Colledge said that he couldn’t wait to watch the film so he could get a better look.

Greg Jennings:  “Oh, my gosh, the guy is a phenomenal quarterback.  He played lights out today. He played absolutely lights out.  When he’s playing like that, boy he makes us a tough team to beat.”

Donald Driver: “When our big dog is playing well, all the other big dogs roll behind him.  And that’s how we roll.”

ESPN.com’s Ross Tucker was one of many media members similarly in awe: “I know this sounds crazy, but Aaron Rodgers throws like Dan Mariono & moves like Steve Young. He really does. I’m still not over it.”

Rodgers only had five incompletions during his 366-yard, four touchdown performance.  One was a drop.  On another, his intended receiver fell.   Rodgers constantly escaped Falcons defenders ready to sack him, then made plays outside of the pocket .  He admitted it was “probably” his best performance as a pro.

“He’s a Pro Bowl quarterback and he’s not there,” Colledge told Gary D’Amato. “He deserves to be there. So maybe he goes to the Super Bowl instead of the Pro Bowl. I think he’d take that.”

98 responses to “Aaron Rodgers leaves teammates in awe

  1. I know…he’s Mr. Freakin’ wonderful now! Let’s just call of the rest of the playoffs and SB and award everything to the cheese eatin’ knuckleheads.

  2. there is no question that he is an elite QB. He was making some incredible throws yesterday.

    signed,

    Tom Brady fan.

  3. “He’s a Pro Bowl quarterback and he’s not there,” Colledge told Gary D’Amato. “He deserves to be there. So maybe he goes to the Super Bowl instead of the Pro Bowl. I think he’d take that.”

    It works to the Packers advantage that the rest of the league underrates Rodger’s abilities. The guy is a Top 5 QB, and only now is getting the respect he deserves. Although, I do agree with Colledge that he’d take the Super Bowl over the Pro Bowl any day.

  4. I’ll agree, that was an impressive performance. But it’s clear Atlanta was very overrated. And their secondary was atrocious.

    Still…legends are not made in the divisional round. They are made in the Super Bowl.

    So let’s be careful with the praise. Joe Flacco was on cloud nine last week after crushing the Chiefs and looked every bit as good. We saw what happened last night.

  5. pack looks like a well-oiled machine. i am not a t2 fan, just a bettor.

    but it will be interesting to see if all the t2 bashing keeps up. the pack’s draftees etc all plated good last nite.

    falcons free agents did not.

  6. Great QB. I wonder how Bret feels about his performance? I hope Pack fans realize how lucky you are to be rid of that idiot. You are much better off with a guy who appears to be a “team first” player.

  7. I don’t think that even GB fans saw that coming. That was just a good old-fashioned beatdown, sort of like the one they gave my Giants.

    This is a team that earned it’s way in to the tournament, and they are taking full advantage of it. Congratulation to GB and its fans/owners. They have a team to be proud of.

  8. Will be a Packer-Bear NFCCG as I predicted. Can’t believe you Packer douchers are going to go to the SB. Congrats! Too bad Rodgers will be in awe of Brady’s pretty hair and smile and choke big time in a 31-17 loss.

  9. jwil444 says:
    Jan 16, 2011 9:17 AM
    Brett who?

    ============================
    YOU GOT THAT RIGHT BRO!!!
    If the Pack continues to play like that, nobody will beat em. That was one ole fashion ass kicken stomp by the Pack!! WOW!!!!!!!

  10. Overheard at the party I was at, after Rodgers spun away from another potential sack and hit Jordy Nelson for a first down: “Brett Farve wouldn’t have spun out, he would have just thrown it up for grabs.”

    I thought that summed up the difference between the two fairly well.

  11. How about the Packers defense? The held Atlanta down at home and I anticipated them getting a steady diet of Burner Turner. I love my Vikings but wow do the Packers look complete.

  12. Farve was doing what most of America was doing last night. Watching Aaron Rodgers put on a clinic broadcast around the world.

    For the last three season’s the Farve lovers of the GB kind have done, nothing but take shots at this kid and last night he got the last laugh.

    The brain trust in the great north took a lot of heat about the move in the winter and summer of 2008.
    Grief passes, just like bad gas and hey look he won.

    It’s never easy for a legend to move on and last night Rodgers buried a living one.

    Bravo Aaron! I would love to see you run the table of this tournament and really get the last laugh and another Lombardi Trophy for the Pack.

  13. Aaron Rodgers leaves football fans in awe. As good as Favre and Starr were, Rodgers kicked it up a notch last night. Rodgers decision making is clearly better than Favre’s and his arm is superior to Starr’s. Impressive performance!

  14. packattack1967 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:19 AM

    Anyone know what Favre was doing last night?
    ======================================
    I heard he has been babbling random play calls in his robe for 2 weeks now.Playing FarmVille of FB for hours. Needs help.

  15. For as good of a game as it was, it will all mean nothing unless the Packers win next week.

    If they lose, it will be a choke job of epic Viking proportions.

  16. I’m not going to read all the preceding posts but as I was scrolling down I saw a few references to Brett Favre. Listen, as a Viking fan I give Aaron Rodgers props. The guy is an amazing QB and will be for years. GB made the right decision a couple of years ago regardless of how well Favre did last year. I said that then and I say that now.

    However, the GB fans that still talk about Favre really need to get over it. Favre left the team just like many NFL players do these days. There was malcontent from Favre and the Packers and it was time for him to move on. Now it’s time for the fans to move on. Let it go. Enjoy your ride because Rodgers is amazing and so is Matthews. Focus on winning now and in the future. Favre will retire and go to the HOF. people will remember his years in GB as one of the most dynamic QBs ever to play the game. I am happy he played for the Vikings. I love his energy and his passion for the game. No one can ever take that away from him.

    Anyway, good luck the rest of the way and thank you for representing the NFC North! Now I can go back to hating 🙂

  17. Peck fans are on their high-horse now, but let’s keep things in perspective. They were EXTREMELY lucky to even make the playoffs, somehow ‘winning’ a 3-way tiebreaker. They would have lost their first playoff game if the other team’s kicker wouldn’t have suddenly forgot how to make easy FG’s. Yes, Rogers played great against Atlanta, there’s no denying that. But one game does not equal a career. Last year, at age 40, Favre was better than Rogers has ever been. The Vikings earned their playoff position last year; they didn’t luck into it. And they destroyed their division-round playoff opponent just as badly as the Peck did this year. So let’s not say Rogers is better than Favre yet. Peck fans run-their-mouths because they’re still bitter that their favorite, best, and longest-playing player of all-time is now forever known as one of Minnesota’s most popular players.

  18. As you can see, Peck fans are STILL obsessed with Favre. They could win the Super Bowl (but they won’t), Rogers could have 8 TD’s…..but they’d still be ranting about Favre. They still can’t get over the fact that Favre will forever be known as one of Minnesota’s most popular players.

  19. Rodgers has had 100+ passer rating in every game but two since week 9. Those two – Bears and Lions.
    Black and Blue is back baby, every one else is merely scrimmages for us.
    Shame the Pack gets a 3rd straight road game in Chicago, Cinderella’s glass slipper just fell off.

  20. On a serious note, the North is really going to be the premier division in the NFC for years. As a Viking fan I beg you Pack fans to tell Aaron to stop that feminine skipping and championship belt. Black and Blue division don’t roll like that!

  21. theoriginalcaptainmarvel –

    Yeah, Packer fans are still obsessed with Favre, kinda like Viking fans are still obsessed with the Packers and jealous of their success. You’re completely right.

  22. Rodgers torched the same Atlanta team in week 12 in a loss.
    344 yds, 74% comp. 1 pass TD and 1 rush TD. 114.5 QB rating.
    That’s what happens when the 22nd ranked pass defense makes it to the playoffs.

  23. Never really was an Aaron Rodgers fan until the last couple years. He was a “not seen or heard from” product for three years behind Favre, probably quite rightly so. McCarthy saw the “Right Stuff” in him, and let Lord Favre go while mortgaging the future on Rodgers. 2008 was a dismal season for Rodgers and the Pack at 6-10, not unexpected with an uninitiated quarterback. Then boom, he exploded on the scene and has lit up the world. The best thing about Rodgers: What a role model for future players. He has never taken himself too seriously or hyped himself above his capabilities. He works hard, is one of the best technician’s of the quarterback craft (Look at those releases and rockets on a string passes), and rises to the occassion. Now before we annoint him as the second coming, we have to see him go further in playoff football, and see if he can become a vaunted member of the Superbowl Ring club (although I don’t think I can see him buddying up with Terry and the Fox boys in the “It’s good to have a ring” bunch strutting around with cougars.)

  24. Fantasy Wise this guy comes off the Board next year as the #1 QB and maybe Top pound for pound pick? i would take him over Foster and All Day. Rodgers ..Fantasy STUD and let’s face it..BONEFIDE number 1 pick!

  25. It just reminds me of old school football. Rookie QB sits on the bench for a few years, holds a clipboard, in this case watches a HOF QB in front of him and then gets his chance. I swear the fermentation process works. He is great and like Frave or not that was a hard act to follow in GB for some years. Now he needs to add a SB victory to this really impressive playoff experience. I am not a cheesehead, but as a fan of the game and this guy is whats right with the NFL. Really fun to watch the that level of play.
    M ike Vick would vote for himself as MVP.
    Flacco thinks he has arrived but cannot beat Rothlesburger who is clearly a gamer.
    Matt melts down in Atlanta.
    Not hard to root for this guy in light of some of what we have seen so far in the playoffs.

  26. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:
    Jan 16, 2011 9:54 AM
    Peck fans are on their high-horse now, but let’s keep things in perspective. They were EXTREMELY lucky to even make the playoffs, somehow ‘winning’ a 3-way tiebreaker. They would have lost their first playoff game if the other team’s kicker wouldn’t have suddenly forgot how to make easy FG’s. Yes, Rogers played great against Atlanta, there’s no denying that. But one game does not equal a career. Last year, at age 40, Favre was better than Rogers has ever been. The Vikings earned their playoff position last year; they didn’t luck into it. And they destroyed their division-round playoff opponent just as badly as the Peck did this year. So let’s not say Rogers is better than Favre yet. Peck fans run-their-mouths because they’re still bitter that their favorite, best, and longest-playing player of all-time is now forever known as one of Minnesota’s most popular players.

    I’m not even a packer fans but I was amazed at how incredibly stupid this comment was.
    First off….’Peck fans”…is that the best you got???
    sounds like something you hear said by a preschooler.
    Seems to me the only people that are really pissed Favre left GB are Viking fans. How sorry of a franchise and fan base must you be to bring in a player that I assume was hated beyond belief for all the times he kicked your azz. Pay him about 36 million to get 16 wins and throw away your best chance for a Super Bowl victory in a hundred years.
    That’s got to sting.

  27. Pats fan here. Rodgers and the Pack are who I fear if we get to the Super Bowl. He is special. The Pack is a great team who don’t need trash talk and b.s. Kudos to your team and Q.B.

  28. Packer fans who use Rodgers performance last night to try to take shots at Favre are not real Packer fans. Ted Thompson fans maybe, but not Packer fans. The Packers have had one HOF, MVP, SB winning QB followed by a great QB who has tons of potential. Why can’t some of them just be happy with that?

  29. Hey Pervey,

    What were the Vikings doing last night?

    There once was a team from Minnesota,
    Whose players were full of blow-hard-so.
    They stumbled and whined
    The other teams dined
    On a team with a Favre as a no-show.

  30. @jwil444 I stayed at the game until the final seconds, even though as a Falcons fan I spent a chunk of the 4th quarter hiding my face in my hands, and considering the fact that I had to wait an hour to get on the train because of all of the Falcons fans, a ton of fans stayed. A 13-3 season brings out a lot of bandwagon fans. Those people left. Teams like the Saints surely know about bandwagon fans, since that’s about 99% of their fan base. You must be a Saints fan if you feel like knocking our fan base for anything that happened last night, and if that’s the case this is all I have to say:

    The Packers are a genuinely good team. They have always been better than this season’s record suggests. Rodgers suffered two concussions, and even with Matt Flynn at QB, the Packers were a few poor clock management decisions away from beating the mighty Pats in Foxboro. So…

    At least my Falcons didn’t lose to the Seahawks.

  31. Say what you will Packer fans, you should thank the Vikings for helping you dominate at the Georgia Dome. You have been playing in our Thunder Dome for years,a loud and hostile environment. Falcons really had no home field edge I believe.

  32. Falcons No. 1 seed? I thought they’d lose that game but to come out and play absolutely no defense. C’mon Falcons, what gives. Green Bay is good but theFalcons made Rodgers look like Brady.

  33. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:29 AM

    Packer fans who use Rodgers performance last night to try to take shots at Favre are not real Packer fans. Ted Thompson fans maybe, but not Packer fans. The Packers have had one HOF, MVP, SB winning QB followed by a great QB who has tons of potential. Why can’t some of them just be happy with that?

    ——————————————————–

    You need to realize that those comments are directed more at viking fans and the fans that said the Packers screwed up letting him go, more so than at Mr. Faver.

  34. “Yes, Rogers played great against Atlanta, there’s no denying that. But one game does not equal a career. ”

    Clearly you missed last years Arizona game. Rodgers dismantled Arizona and hung 40+ points on them. I seem to recall that is was our defense that lost that one. In fact rodgers has been nothing short of brilliant in the playoffs. He has historic post season numbers.

    Many have compared him to other elites. I say he plays very much like steve young. Deceptively elusive and hyper accurate.

  35. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:
    Jan 16, 2011 9:54 AM
    Peck fans are on their high-horse now, but let’s keep things in perspective. They were EXTREMELY lucky to even make the playoffs, somehow ‘winning’ a 3-way tiebreaker. They would have lost their first playoff game if the other team’s kicker wouldn’t have suddenly forgot how to make easy FG’s. Yes, Rogers played great against Atlanta, there’s no denying that. But one game does not equal a career. Last year, at age 40, Favre was better than Rogers has ever been. The Vikings earned their playoff position last year; they didn’t luck into it. And they destroyed their division-round playoff opponent just as badly as the Peck did this year. So let’s not say Rogers is better than Favre yet. Peck fans run-their-mouths because they’re still bitter that their favorite, best, and longest-playing player of all-time is now forever known as one of Minnesota’s most popular players.

    ———————

    Bitter are aren’t we??

    Pack did not luck into the playoffs. If the Giants wanted to make the playoffs, they would have beat the birds and the pack. THEY DIDN’T. If the Bucs wanted to make the playoffs, they would have beat the Lions, THEY DIDN’T

    Pack won their spot in the playoffs outright

  36. Honestly, get over the Bret comments. Aaron hasn’t worried about that in a long time so you can stop too. Besides, Bret isn’t wishing he plays bad like you wish you was. Stop trying to verbally bring Bret back into the NFL and a packers conversation for at least 5 years, when he enters the Hall of Fame.

  37. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:

    They still can’t get over the fact that Favre will forever be known as one of Minnesota’s most popular players.

    If this season’s pathetic performance cements Favre as one of “Minnesota’s most popular players”, either you have a roster full of epic losers or have set the bar way too low.

    Favre completed two seasons worth of service in the Land of Zero Lombardi Trophies. The first one was quite epic – right up to the pick that crushed any hopes you had of going to the Super Bowl. The second season was easily one of the worst of Favre’s career, clouded by lingering injury, sub-par play, sexual harassment allegations and the end of The Streak. I can’t say I saw much there that would endear him so tightly to the Vikings fanbase that you would come on here and parade him to Packer fans.

    Favre will forever be remembered as the guy who brought the Lombardi back to Green Bay and filled the Vikings full of false hope in 2009, only to snatch it away with yet another bad decision that ended in a last-minute pick. These two facts will always bring back fond memories for me whenever anyone mentions his name.

  38. From a Pats fan. The Pack is back. I don’t see you
    guys getting beat in the Superbowl if the Pack
    makes it. Great defense too. I guess the
    Bears could give em a game. That would be a good
    game. But even if the Patriots get there, this Packers
    team is hitting on ALL cylinders right now. Rodgers
    is playing like outta his friggin mind. He was
    incredible last night. In-effing-credible. If New
    England is fortunate enuff to get there, I wouldn’t
    bet against Green Bay. Pats defense is too banged
    up. Jets could beat em. Stillers could beat em.
    Pack looks like that team that is just peaking at the
    right time. We’ll see….

  39. What I find amazing is that the Packers have had a stud at QB for 20 years. After seeing what some teams trotted out there at the QB position this season, I want to give a hearty thanks to Ted Thompson. I’m not a Favre hater, but I stopped rooting for him when he left the Packers. I root for the jersey. Aaron Rodgers takes a backseat to no one in the NFL on talent. He will need to win consistently to be mentioned in the same breath as Brady, Manning and Brees. As a Packers fan, I hope he can.

  40. RE:
    Any QB is only as good as his protection and yesrterday he had all the time in the world most of the day.

    Did you watch the same game as everybody else?
    Rodgers made most of the great plays escaping the pass rush…

  41. Hey Queen Fans. You keep bashing the Pack because of your big mouths during the season. we’re going to the Super Bowl. Brett is king. He’s gonna lead us to the promised land. Bla, Bla Bla!!
    Who’s gonna be your savior next year? Who are the Vikes bringing in to save you. I can’t wait until next season!! No matter how far the Pack gets this year, with all their injuries, they still shoved it up your asses. You’ll be lucky if the QUEENS ARE EVEN THERE. THAT’S YOUR FAN SUPPORT!!!!

  42. Rodgers is playing like Brees did last postseason. Brees threw for 244 yards per game, completed 70.6% of his passes, threw 8 TDs with 0 INTs, and had a 7.18 YPA.

    Rodgers is averaging 273 yards per game, completing 77.8% of his passes, thrown 6 TDs and 0 INTs, and has a 8.67 YPA. And he has at least 1 more game to go and possibly 2. If he keeps it up, we could be seeing one of the best postseason QB performances.

  43. You packer haters won’t be satisfied or admit Rodgers is the one until he wins 3 superbowls. Unbelievable. His postseason rating which was a record for QB’s after two games went up after this, his third. Wow. Rodgers for president.

  44. juancorsair says:
    Jan 16, 2011 10:50 AM
    Favre will forever be remembered as the guy who brought the Lombardi back to Green Bay and filled the Vikings full of false hope in 2009, only to snatch it away with yet another bad decision that ended in a last-minute pick. These two facts will always bring back fond memories for me whenever anyone mentions his name.

    Pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject.
    Nice one

  45. Way to go 49ers… for passing on this local kid! Didn’t some draft guru claim that Alex smith has a higher football iq than Rodgers?

    The bay area is proud Of you A-rod!

  46. Yesterday is what happens if you don’t get pressure on Rodgers and you have a beat up secondary.

    And I hope finally the TT haters who have been carrying the bucket for Favre finally shut up. The only thing anyone can question about TT is his ability to find talent on the OL.

  47. Pervy,

    All I have to say is thank you. As much as I disagree with you on here, I can respect the fact that you are actually giving a good team credit. I understand your hatred for us because the feeling is mutual, but I’m just glad you and I can see eye to eye on this day. After the season, we can go back to hating each other if you’d like.

    The super bowl against the pats is not a guaranteed loss. I was at the pats/packers game in December and it could gave gone either way. I just wish I could talk to those pats fans that I was sitting by who were saying our season was over and that we’ll be at home watching them in the playoffs.

  48. And I’m happy the Packers put that kind of statement on the Falcons, but the Falcons are definitely on the right track. New Orleans and Tampa Bay are going to be tough, but you can’t count out Atlanta.

  49. Maybe when they watch the films to see again just how spectacular Rodgers was last night (and he truly was!), the offensive line will realize what a piss-poor job they did of protecting him from a very average Falcons pass rush?

    Rodgers had more than a little Roethlisberger in him last night as he constantly broke free to make a busted play work, but I don’t believe he’s going to want to have to do this for the next two games in a row against the much better defenses of either Pittsburgh, New England, or even the Yets.

  50. xtb3 says:
    Jan 16, 2011 10:54 AM
    Any QB is only as good as his protection and yesrterday he had all the time in the world most of the day.
    ______________________

    Rodgers has done a LOT with a VERY mediocre line, for most of his career, last season he was sacked a ton, this year he isn’t sacked as much but I think he tells them were to block, if you don’t think the Packers o line is mediocre you should look at the run game. Last night the line played well finally, but most teams can’t afford to wait til Jan.

  51. Packer fans are fortunate that, barring injury, they will enjoy a quarter-century of elite quarterback play when most NFL teams are desperately searching for their franchise QB. In my honest assessment, while blasphemous perhaps to some, Rodgers is playing as well now as Favre ever did, including Favre’s MVP seasons. Favre was so passionate and fun to watch on the field; Rodgers is much more reserved and private. Favre could throw a frozen rope 20 to 30 yards like no one; Rodgers throws a better, more accurate deep pass. Favre could slide well in the pocket, but Rodgers has more quickness and speed and more escapability. Rodgers is more accurate. The biggest difference, though, and the reason I would pick Rodgers, is accountability. Favre would always shrug off those “What the heck?” throws that resulted in picks and ended promising seasons, saying that was how he played. You got the bad with the good. Rodgers is much more a student – he just doesn’t make those two throws a game that have you scratching your head. And Rodgers is interested in eliminating those mistakes whereas Favre just shrugged his shoulders. The Packers had at least three teams in the early 2000s that could have reached the Super Bowl had poor Favre decisions not ended games. With Ted Thompson keeping the cupboard stocked with talent, Rodgers has the ability and discipline to get the Packers to several Super Bowls.

  52. And with the pick one spot ahead of Green Bay…the Oakland Raiders ..by Oakland Raiders I mean Al Davis, Choose CB Fabian Washington and his really fast 40 time ! SMMFH !

  53. You guys went from an Iron Man that tackled players and picked them up in the end zone to a guy that skips and wears pretend belts after scores. What are you all so happy about??? I’m dead serious, I wouldn’t have him on my team doing those sissy celebrations!

  54. An article about Aaron Rodgers degenerates into yet another discussion aobut how pathetic the Vikings are as a franchise……I love it.
    Thunder Dome?? hahaha…really?
    Maybe because you can see the thunder in the sky because your inflatable doll roof went pooooofffff.
    Detroit is heading in the right direction, packers obviously and Bears are in the playoffs.
    Just sit back Viking fans and watch as everybody in your division just passes you right by.
    Maybe they’ll do better in Los Angeles

  55. pervyharvin says:
    Jan 16, 2011 11:59 AM
    You guys went from an Iron Man that tackled players and picked them up in the end zone to a guy that skips and wears pretend belts after scores. What are you all so happy about??? I’m dead serious, I wouldn’t have him on my team doing those sissy celebrations!
    ————————–

    but you have a guy the pretends to hog-tie some air after he makes a sack

  56. pervyharvin says:
    Jan 16, 2011 10:34 AM
    Say what you will Packer fans, you should thank the Vikings for helping you dominate at the Georgia Dome. You have been playing in our Thunder Dome for years,a loud and hostile environment. Falcons really had no home field edge I believe.

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    Thank you Vikings for letting the Packers play in your loud dome each year.

    (And winning there, regularly.)

  57. As a viking fan, I HATE Rodgers sooooo much, but I respect the hell out of his game! The guy can play. I look forward to the battles with the vikes in the future. Congrats packer nation, u are headed to the big game!!! (even though ur gonna be drilled by the Pats, thats just how they roll). He should be in the pro bowl and its a shame he is not. The one negative is that Packers fans are disrespecting the teams greatest player ever and i dont understand why. All the great years #4 gave you and you just throw him under the bus cuz u got Rodgers? Calm down hes got a LONNNNNGGGGG way to go to prove he can do what #4 did for you guys. Ur not gonna WIN the big game this year, so temper ur expectations a little bit.

  58. As much as this hurts,and it really does f*cking hurt, you Packers can win the SB if you play like last night.As a North Division die hard I am going to grant you my blessing in the quest to the Bill Belichick Trophy. I won’t be jealous if you win it all, I’ll just be more excited to beat you twice next season if you are world chumpions!

  59. @ countyk66ers & emoney826

    Now that you guys like me a little bit can I borrow a grand and have your old ladies cell phone number??? I’ll pay you back when the Vikings win a Super Bowl!

  60. Congrats on a complete victory cheesers — your QB was flawless, and the D played well. Lets hope the Bears win and we can all watch an NFCN championship game. I remember the ride last year for the Vikes, and it was a blast — until that last frigging pass.

  61. They still can’t get over the fact that Favre will forever be known as one of Minnesota’s most popular players.
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    How sad is that?

    You’re havin a bad day huh Cap’n Marvel

  62. “The Packers had at least three teams in the early 2000s that could have reached the Super Bowl had poor Favre decisions not ended games. ”

    Really? I would be interested to hear which teams they were. Was it the team that gave up a 4th and 26 conversion? Or the teams which gave up 400 yards total, 200 yards rushing, 24 first downs, and a 2 to 1 time possession advantage to the Giants? Or how about the one that let Vick run for over 100 yards on them and score 21 first qtr points?

    Please prey tell, I would LOVE to hear which one of those teams is Superbowl caliber in your books. It’s funny, once Favre left the defense all of a sudden became the problem, special teams, all of a sudden the line was the problem, running backs. Like those weren’t problems before Favre left. lol

  63. luccabrazzi:

    We disrespected Brett?

    Try this: Brett filed for divorved from us so he could go date the neighbor lady. (after a quick trip to New York to get some)

    During the course of events that have transpired over the last 4 years he has metaphorically removed our collective soul and relieved himself on it.

  64. Well first off I wish 50 % of people didn’t have to turn this into a Brett Favre post… but I guess that’s just going to be the way it is.

    As a huge Packer fan I know this team is not perfect, but you have to put yourself in position to win games, and the past 4 weeks they have done that, whether or not luck, or other teams’ mistakes have factored in or not.

    Last night’s game reminded me of the game vs. the Seahawks at home in the snow in ’07. Ryan Grant fumbled on the first two series and we were down 14-0. I just thought “oh here we go.” I had similar thoughts yesterday after a fumble on the first possession, and a kickoff return for a TD after we scored to tie it at 7-7. But nothing bothers Rodgers and he just went on a tear as we put up 35 straight points (with 7 of them being one of the great game changing plays I have ever seen – Tramon Williams pick six as the half is expiring. You just don’t see that in the NFL.) Once the Packers get ahead like that the defense plays aggressive and causes mistakes from their opponents and the rout is on.

    I expect to play the Bears next week in another battle. We will probably make one or two bone head mistakes, but if we can overcome them like we have the past few weeks it is on to the Super Bowl for what I hope is a rematch against the Pats.

  65. @luccabrazzi; We didn’t disrespect Favre, he disrespected us. Brett thought it was all about him. Aaron Rodgers understands that it is the team first, and the fans, that make it all possible for the player.
    Favre thought he was god’s gift. Turns out he’s just an amoral sleazebag begging young girls and married women for sex like some kind of loser.

  66. imsmartyouarenot says: Jan 16, 2011 1:12 P
    Try this: Brett filed for divorved from us so he could go date the neighbor lady. (after a quick trip to New York to get some)

    Negative. Favre was traded off the team while still under contract. Nice try, but it is still too soon to try to rewrite history.

  67. To the fair weather fans who say “Brett who?”. How disrespectful! Rodgers performance last night was awesome and I couldn’t be more excited that we’re going to the championship game, but in no way does this erase the 16 great years Favre gave us! We hadn’t won a playoff game in nearly 30 years before him. He took us from the laughing stock of the league to perennial contenders and MNF favorites.

    And don’t forget that Favre tutored Rodgers for 3 years…..that might have had an influence on his current play, no?

    I don’t get all the haters……

  68. Please prey tell, I would LOVE to hear which one of those teams is Superbowl caliber in your books.

    WI77, I was a huge Favre supporter during his time in Green Bay, but the rose tinting has faded from my glasses. The 4th and 26 game was not all Favre’s fault, but on the Packers’ first possession in OT, he tossed up the most inexplicable “What the Hell?” pass of his career, that pop fly to center field that was easily picked to set up the Eagle’s win.

    In the 2007 title game, the Packers went 3 and out 4 times in the fourth quarter. On the Packers’ first possession in OT, Favre made yet another horrible throw into double coverage that set up the Giants’ winning kick.

    Look, Favre won many games for the Packers including some games they would have lost without him. For a player of his calibre, he was a very mediocre playoff QB. When the games were tight in the post season, he didn’t pull them out. Certainly, the losses were not all his fault, but his post season play never rose to HOF caliber.

    After the 2007 NFC Championship loss and before Favre was traded, I mentioned to friends that I’d like to see Favre play the regular season and Rodgers play the playoffs.

  69. Just so everyone knows, not all Packers fans have a hard on for a player who HASN’T PLAYED FOR US IN A WHILE. It’s RODGERS under center now. All the Packers fans who are still on his dick aren’t really Packers fans, they’re just fans of the old #4.

    SO GET HIS NAME OUT OF THIS.

    The title of the article is “Aaron Rodgers leaves teammates in awe,” not “Let’s all rehash the same Favre arguments that have been going on for years.” He was good, he’s not on our team anymore, get the sand outta your clit and get over it.

    I wanna know why people who call themselves “football fans” can’t man up and admit when someone played a good game. Had the Vikings been in the playoffs and played this well against the Falcons, I’d be on here congratulating them for a great performance because I know what good football is and can look past jersey color to recognize a damn good game. You can hate the man, but you can’t deny what you watched (IF you even watched it) or the stats. I don’t care what color he’s got on.

  70. packerpete: “WI77, I was a huge Favre supporter during his time in Green Bay, but the rose tinting has faded from my glasses.”

    Great, but is that supposed to qualify you for something? I could care less what your past vs. present feeling are.

    YOU said the Packers had “at least three” SB caliber teams in the 00’s. I had a good laugh at that and simple asked you to name one. So far you haven’t named any, just went on some rant about how you used to love Favre and cherry picking plays out of horrible GB performances in the playoffs and making it seem like it was just Favre.

    btw, SB caliber teams don’t give up 4th and 26 conversions or 400 yards of offense in -10 degree weather AT HOME. Not to mention letting the other team open up the 2nd half with an 8 minute drive ending with a TD.

    Favre has made mistakes in the post season, just like Manning and Rodgers (yes Rodgers, who opened up last year in AZ with a momentum swing INT and ended with an overthrow of a wide-open Jennings and fumbling to the other team for a loss) have.

  71. I just find the selective memory of some Packer fans hilarious. Since I’ve left Wisconsin I have watched football in sports bars in many cities. One thing that never changes no matter where I go is what other NFL fan’s opinion of Packer fans are: They are some of the loyalist fans in the NFL, but are also by far the most ignorant. Unfortunately, I couldn’t agree more.

  72. I just find the selective memory of some Packer fans hilarious. Since I’ve left Wisconsin I have watched football in sports bars in many cities. One thing that never changes no matter where I go is what other NFL fan’s opinion of Packer fans are: They are some of the loyalist fans in the NFL, but are also by far the most ignorant. U used to argue vehemently against it. Unfortunately, the last few years have shown me different. Now, despite being a Packer fan myself, I couldn’t agree more

  73. bluestree and imsmartyouarenot, you both make valid points. I just believe all the people on here bashing Favre are focusing theyre energy the wrong direction. Focus it on Rodgers, he had an awesome game and deserves all the praise today. For as much as pack nation talk about hating favre, the people on here refuse to let it go already. this is a rodgers article, celebrate his arrival instead of favre’s departure.

  74. Biggest reason packer brass still has trouble locally with people on the favre trade is the fact that Thompson, McCarthy and Murphy are the least media savvy, telegenic group I have seen. While results are good they inspire little confidence with local fans

  75. I’m not a Packers fan but THANK YOU for torching
    ” Mattie Ice Creme Puff ” and the over-rated falcons / doo-doo birds !

    You can’t teach speed or ” ARM STRENGTH ” !!!
    ” Matty Ice Creme Puff ” has the arm strength of a little league qb….his arms are so skinny, they are probably the size of most little league player arms.

    He has the second lowest percentage of passes completed over 20 yards. That will not win, championships in the NFL.

    The falcons designed all those little dink and dunk plays because, as evidenced in the game, if mr. ice creme puff throws the ball more than 10 yards, it takes 10 minutes to get there! Which gives any defense time to make a play on the ball.

    The falcons have a decent ball manager in Ryan but if they want to move to the next level, they will have to upgrade at qb because you can’t teach ARM STRENGTH !!!

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