The Green Bay Packers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game, and it’s a chance for Aaron Rodgers to reach the Super Bowl for the second time.
At his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Rodgers was asked if this fifth NFC championship appearance adds additional pressure on the timing.
“No more pressure than usual,” Rodgers said. “I think a lot of times these intrigues and pressures and that kind of commentary are good things for you to write. I think it starts with the mindset and focus. Obviously I put pressure on myself every week to play. . ”
Rodgers enjoyed playoff success over 13 seasons as a Packers starter. The game against Tampa Bay is his 20th start in the playoffs. Sporting News takes a closer look at this playoff record.
Aaron Rodgers playoff record
Rodgers is 11-8 as a starter in the playoffs. The 11 wins are tied with former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman (11-4) and Roger Staubach (11-6).
Four of Rodgers’ playoff losses were in games going into overtime, and in three of those losses, the Packers lacked offensive possession.
Only seven quarterbacks have more playoff wins. Tom Brady of Tampa Bay (32-11) – Rodgers’ opponent on Sunday – leads this list by a wide margin. Joe Montana (16-7), Terry Bradshaw (14-5), John Elway (14-7), Peyton Manning (14-13), Ben Roethlisberger (13-9) and Brett Favre (13-11) also have more playoff wins.
Did Aaron Rodgers win a Super Bowl?
Rodgers is 1-0 in the Super Bowl. He led Green Bay to a 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011. Rodgers won Super Bowl MVP honors. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
Aaron Rodgers’ postseason stats
Rodgers has a 64.3 completion percentage in 19 playoff starts. He’s averaged 280.2 passing yards per game and totaled 42 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in those games.
Rodgers playoff record by round
Rodgers is 4-2 in the wildcard round for his career. He’s also 5-3 in the divisional playoff round, with the last 32-18 victory over the Rams in the NFC division playoffs last week.
Rodgers is 1-3 in the NFC Championship, however, heading into Game 4.
Aaron Rodgers in NFC Championship games
Rodgers is 1-3 in NFC championship games. This marks Rodgers’ fifth appearance in the NFC Championship game. He is one of 12 quarters to appear in at least five conference championship games.
Rodgers led the Packers to a 21-14 victory over the Bears in his first NFC Championship appearance on January 23, 2011.
Green Bay has made three NFC Championship appearances since. The Packers lost 28-22 to Seattle on Jan. 18, 2015 – a game in which the Seahawks followed 19-7 with 5:04 left before a legendary comeback.
The Packers lost 44-21 to Atlanta on January 22, 2017; and San Francisco defeated Green Bay 37-20 on January 19, 2020.
The difference? All of these games were on the road. Sunday marks the first time Rodgers will start the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field
Rodgers is 5-2 in the playoffs at Lambeau Field. Rodgers is 75-18-1 as a regular season starter at home.
The Packers won the NFL home championships in 1939, 1961, 1965 and 1967 before the NFL-AFL merger. Green Bay won their last NFC Championship at Lambeau Field on January 12, 1997 with a 30-13 victory over Carolina.
The Packers lost their last NFC championship game at Lambeau Field on January 20, 2008. The Giants beat the Packers 23-20 in Favre’s last game with the Packers. Rodgers took over the following season.
Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady
To return to the Super Bowl, Rodgers will have to go through Brady, who has 14 conference championship appearances, nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl championships.
Brady is 2-1 in head-to-head clashes against Rodgers, including Tampa Bay’s 38-10 win in Week 6.
Davante Adams, who is Rodgers’ main receiver with the Packers, knows that’s this week’s story. From Ryan Wood via the Green Bay Press Gazette:
It’s safe to say the Packers are doing all they can to take the strain off Rodgers in his last NFC Championship start.