Aaron Rodgers, On the Verge of His Third MVP, Is About to Make History
At 37 years old, Aaron Rodgers is having the best year of his illustrious career. He’s the front-runner for the NFL MVP and he helped guide the Green Bay Packers to the top seed in the NFC. He’s a win away from reaching the Super Bowl and the accolades keep on coming. Now, Rodgers is about to make some personal history.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense clicked all season
The Green Bay Packers have won their last seven games and nine of their last 10. They have scored 30-plus points in seven of their last eight games and are showing no signs of slowing down. Against a tough, tenacious Los Angeles Rams defense Saturday, the Packers put up 32 in a victory that sends them to the NFC title game Sunday.
Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to be having a lot of fun this season. That might be because he’s having his best year in his 16th season in the NFL. Rodgers also appears to be the front-runner for what would be his third MVP award.
Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes. He broke his career-high of 45, set back in 2011. Rodgers also led the NFL by completing 70.7% of his passes.
The Packers are a win away from reaching the Super Bowl
With a Week 17 victory over the rival Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers wrapped up the 2020 regular season with a 13-3 record. The 13 wins were tops in the NFC, earning them the top seed in the conference. With that, came the coveted first-round bye that was only awarded to one team in each conference this season.
More importantly, the Packers know they don’t have to leave frigid Lambeau Field throughout the conference playoffs. After the off week, the rested Packers showed no signs of rust when they hosted the LA Rams on Saturday.
The Packers made a very tough defense look average at best. The Packers played in front of 9,000 home fans, the most they’ve had this season. “It’s hard to really put into words how special that feeling is, but you can feel it,” Rodgers said, according to ESPN. “It’s so palpable. You can feel the energy in the stadium. It’s just different. It’s different playing in front of a crowd and it’s a little more special and obviously more sweet.”
Rodgers is about to make some personal history
Aaron Rodgers has done just about everything in his 16 years in the NFL. He’s won a Super Bowl, has set passing records, and has twice been named the league’s MVP. The one thing Rodgers has never done? He’s never played a home game in a conference championship. He’ll do that Sunday.
Last year, Rodgers and the Packers were in the conference championship, but it was played in San Francisco. On Sunday, Rodgers will finally have home-field advantage with the opportunity to get to the Super Bowl. Although there won’t be 80,000 fans cheering them on, Rodgers said he fed off the crowd of 9,000 last week. He said the crowd sounded like there were 50,000 fans there.
After the win over the Rams, Rodgers was emotional. “I’m definitely a little emotional, just thinking about what we’ve been through,” said Rodgers, according to ESPN. “It got me emotional with the crowd out there today.”