The Green Bay Packers hosted the NFL-best New England Patriots yesterday in what many called the preview of this season’s Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers’ superb game led the Packers to a 26-21 victory at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers once again proved why he is one of the top quarterbacks of his era. He threw for 368 yards, completing 24 of 38 pass attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions. He is 6-0 at home this season, and the last time he threw an interception at Lambeau Field was in December of 2012. This season, Rodgers has thrown 32 touchdowns – only trailing Peyton Manning with 36 – and three interceptions, the fewest by any quarterback with at least 225 pass attempts this season.
Tom Brady did his part in the Patriots third loss of the season – their first loss since week four, when they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady completed 22 of 35 passes for 245 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. Nevertheless, the Packers 478 total yards for the game were too much for the Patriots to overcome.
One of the biggest plays of the game came with the Packers up 26-21 with 2:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Patriots were at the Packers 20-yard line on third and nine. Mike Daniels and Mike Neal combined to bring down Brady for a sack that resulted in a nine-yard loss. The Patriots were forced to kick a 47-yard field goal, which Stephen Gostkowski pushed wide right. After the miss, the Packers ran the clock down and didn’t give the ball back to Brady.
The Packers’ Davante Adams finished the game with six receptions for 121 yards. Jordy Nelson once again served as Rodgers’ deep threat, as Rodgers hit Nelson on a 45-yard touchdown throw in the second quarter.