Rodgers Ready To Take Over MVP Title

Aaron Rodgers is leading the Packers to win after improbable win. "I'd hate to play against him," said one teammate. Opponents everywhere have probably echoed those very same sentiments,as Rodgers continues his MVP march.

Rodgers engineers final minute comeback

   The Heisman Trophy will be handed off to college football's top player Saturday night in New York City.

   Across the Hudson River at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, the NFL's award equivalent could have been presented to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday night, and there would have been no questions asked. The Packers quarterback made the selection of league MVP seemingly a foregone conclusion by the rare feat he pulled off inside MetLife Stadium.

   "I'm running out of things to say about him," coach Mike McCarthy said after Green Bay became just the ninth team ever to get to 12-0 with a dramatic 38-35 win over the New York Giants.

   Rodgers completed four straight passes after the Giants had tied the score with only 58 seconds left, quickly moving the Packers from their 20-yard line to the New York 12 and setting up Mason Crosby's 30-yard field goal as time expired.

   "The drive at the end there just says everything about (Rodgers') character and the character of this team," Crosby said.

   The sustainability of the perfect season came in uncharacteristic fashion for Green Bay, which clinched a spot in the playoffs and also its first NFC North title in four years. The Packers won their first 11 games by an average of two touchdowns (14 points) - and none by less than six points.

   Stretching back to Rodgers' first year as a starter in 2008, he had only five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter on his impressive resume before he led the Packers to victory in the final minute of a game for the first time Sunday.

   "Yeah, those are the fun ones when you end up like that," said Rodgers, who threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns. "To get the ball at the 20 with under a minute and take it down and get into chip-shot field-goal range is pretty special."

   The same has been said about Rodgers' nearly flawless play after every game in this storybook season for him as well as the Packers, who have won 18 in a row since last December.

   Green Bay is in prime position to win its last four games of the regular season and match the 2007 New England Patriots' 16-0 mark of excellence. All but one of the remaining games are at Lambeau Field, where the Packers have won 10 straight and 16 of their last 17 outings.

   Rodgers will go into Sunday's home matchup with the Oakland Raiders needing only 156 passing yards for 4,000 this season and just three touchdown throws to shatter Brett Favre's single-season team record of 39 in 1996.

   "I don't think we learned anything new," defensive end Ryan Pickett said after Rodgers bolstered his MVP-worthy stature. "The boy is a gamer. He's a big-time player. I'd hate to play against him - I know that."

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