When the 2020 NFL schedules were released back in May, many went looking to see who Tom Brady would be facing in his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The focus wasn’t so much on the defenses he’d be facing but which other quarterbacks he’d be battling in 2020. That list includes Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, and obviously two NFC South matchups with Drew Brees, one of which already took place in Week 1 when Brees and the Saints beat Brady and the Bucs, 34-23. But one of the most highly-anticipated games comes on Sunday when Tom Brady and the Buccaneers meet Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
When the Bucs and Packers meet at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon, it will be just the third time that Brady and Rodgers have faced off against one another, at least as starters. The two first shared the field in a 2006 matchup between the Patriots and Packers when Rodgers came in for an injured Brett Favre during a lopsided loss. Brady and Rodgers were supposed to battle in 2010 but Rodgers suffered a concussion the week before and was unable to play. The two finally squared off as starters in 2014 and then again in 2018.
Here’s a quick look back at the three times Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers faced off.
UPDATE: This article now includes the game played between the Packers and Bucs on October 18, 2020.
Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 35-0 win over the Packers in 2006
As mentioned, the matchup between the Patriots and Packers that took place on November 19, 2006, featured Tom Brady and Brett Favre as the starting quarterbacks. Brady was fantastic that night at Lambeau Field, completing 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the 35-0 victory.
Brett Favre was forced out of the game near the end of the first half with an elbow injury, which gave Aaron Rodgers a chance to shine. But he certainly didn’t play in the manner to which we’ve all become accustomed. Rodgers completed just four of 12 passes for 32 yards and was sacked three times.
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Aaron Rodgers won the first game in which both were starters
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers finally met as starting quarterbacks when the Patriots and Packers met at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014. And this time around, Rodgers was obviously a much better quarterback than he’d been eight years earlier. He was also the better quarterback that night as he outdueled Brady to lead the Packers to a 26-21 victory.
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 38 passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. It’s not as if Brady had a bad game — he was 22-for-35 for 245 yards, two TDs and no picks — it’s just that Rodgers was better.
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Tom Brady beat Aaron Rodgers in their 2018 matchup
The third time that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers shared the field came at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 when the Patriots beat the Packers, 31-17.
Tom Brady completed 22 of 35 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown while Aaron Rodgers went 24-for-43 for 259 yards and two scores.
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TB12 and the Bucs whooped A-Rod and the Packers in 2020
For the first time as the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady faced off against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on October 18, 2000, and he once again got the better of his future fellow Hall of Famer. Rodgers and the Packers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead but the Bucs scored the next 38 points and won in a romp.
Rodgers had one of the worst games of his career as he completed just 16 of 35 passes for 160 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions, the first being a pick-six. Tom Brady didn’t throw for many more yards but was much more efficient, completing 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards with two touchdowns and no picks.
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Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference