With a golden opportunity to reach Super Bowl 54, the Green Bay Packers fell short in disappointing fashion to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night. It was the Packers’ first time back on that stage of the playoffs, but it once again ended in a lopsided defeat. That has brought into question whether Aaron Rodgers will ever get another chance to add another Super Bowl win to his illustrious career.
Packers fall to 49ers in NFC title game
The Packers went into the NFC Championship Game to advance to their first Super Bowl in nearly a decade. However, the challenge of reaching that feat came against a 49ers team that handed them their worst loss of the regular season in Week 12 in 37-8 loss at Levi’s Stadium.
Green Bay’s confidence was quickly dashed as they fell behind in a 27-0 hole in the first half. That saw Raheem Mostert dominate them rushing for his four rushing touchdowns with 160 rushing yards during that span, which made him the first player to achieve that feat in the playoffs in a half. Rodgers was bombarded once again by the 49ers defense as he had just 65 passing yards with an interception and two fumbles with one lost at the half.
The Packers made a push in the second half by scoring 20 points behind a pair of touchdown passes, but they couldn’t overcome the hole that they fell in the two quarters. He did surpass Brett Favre for the most touchdown passes (40) in the playoffs in Packers history.
The manner of the loss has now cast a big shadow over the team with their star quarterback falling short in another year that pushes forth questions with whether he can win another Super Bowl.
Will Aaron Rodgers reach another Super Bowl?
In the days heading into the NFC title game, Rodgers sounded quite confident that he could compete for multiple Super Bowl under LaFleur moving forward, where he used John Elway as a prime example of just that at this stage of his career.
Questions about Rodgers‘ ability came into question at some points in the 2019 season. He had a notable drop in his touchdown total as he had 26 touchdowns passes, which was just one more than the 2018 campaign that drew plenty of criticism about his play and the Packers’ overall offense.
It may be picking at pins and needles at this point as he still had just four interceptions while holding a 95.4 passer rating and passed for more than 4,000 yards for the eighth time in his career. There is no question Rodgers is talented, but there will be those doubters suggesting that Father Time may finally start to catch up to him.
The competition in the NFC isn’t getting worse as the 49ers are now the new toast of the conference while the likes of the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints are likely not to go anywhere. There are teams like the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons that could bounce back.
The Packers have the talent to be among the top teams in the conference, but it may be hard to get over the top in a conference that has several teams capable of reaching the Super Bowl every year.
Aaron Rodgers hoping to prove Father Time wrong
All of this may be true, but it’s hard to count Rodgers out for anything given his ability on the field. However, the Packers have yet to break through towards reaching the Super Bowl in almost a decade.
Rodgers isn’t getting younger, while the competition should only be more stiff in 2020. It could also be spun forward with the Packers finding a tremendous amount of success with LaFleur in their first year that saw them fall just one win short of the Super Bowl.
The future is bright in Green Bay, but there is never a guarantee to reach the Super Bowl again, just ask Dan Marino. If there’s one quarterback not to doubt, it’s Rodgers, but only time will tell.