It seems like every preseason, every expert in the media predicts a Super Bowl that pits #12 Tom Brady Vs. #12 Aaron Rodgers. Since Rodgers took over for Brett Favre in 2008, the two quarterbacks have managed to avoid each other in the world’s biggest sports stage. On Sunday, the possibility of these two quarterbacks meeting once again exists. Will this be time we see the duel of the #12’s?
In the 1996 season, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. From that point until Aaron Rodgers took over, the Patriots won 3 Super Bowls. The Packers did not win any. Since 2008, the Patriots and the Packers have been the models of consistency in the NFL. Both teams have been to the playoffs every year since 2009. Somehow these two teams have avoided each other in the big game.
The Packers and Patriots collision course started in 2007. Brett Favre threw one of the worst interceptions in history in NFC Championship game before the Giants emerged victorious. In 2010, Green Bay made (and won) the Super Bowl as a six seed. The 1 seeded Patriots lost in the divisional round to the New York Jets. The next year, the Patriots made the Super Bowl, but the 15-1 Packers could not escape the Giants in the divisional round. In 2012, the Patriots lost a conference championship game to the Ravens (Super Bowl champion). The Packers lost to the 49ers (NFC Champions) in the divisional round. In 2013, both teams had significant injuries that prevented them from contending. The nearest miss came in 2014.
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— SHAD🔥W (@2hadow) January 6, 2017
The Packers were this stupid play away from beating the Seahawks and going to the Super Bowl. Last year, the once again injured Packers and Patriots lost in the divisional and conference championship rounds.
After almost a decade of near misses, could 2017 be the year? Both teams face high-powered offenses on Sunday.
DID YOU KNOW: The Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Falcons are a combined 29-1 (including the playoffs) since Week 12. pic.twitter.com/mIsspOpJvY
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) January 19, 2017
If I were a betting man, I would pick both these teams to win. However, history has shown that these two teams have a way of avoiding each other. In the most recent game between these two teams, the Packers won one of the greater regular season games in recent past, 26-21. Although that game was over 2 years ago, a battle between these two teams would surely be one for the record books. It is time for these two quarterbacks and these two organizations to finally come together on the biggest stage and create an epic battle. A battle several years in the waiting and a battle that decides who actually is the best quarterback in the league. There is no question what two teams I am cheering for on Sunday.
The NFL has to be salivating at a Packers Vs. Patriots Super Bowl.