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
"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."
Rodgers Ready To Take Over MVP Title
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