Is Aaron Rodgers really worth $103 million guaranteed? Is the Green Bay Packers quarterback too critical of his teammates to the media? These are all questions fans can go back and forth on, but anyone who watched the final drive of Monday Night Football can tell you he might be worth every single penny and more.
When healthy, and the ability to make plays with his legs to add to the cannon for a right arm, the 34-year-old Rodgers is as dangerous as any quarterback in the NFL. Sprinkle that in with the almost voodoo-like clutch gene he’s displayed throughout his Hall of Fame career, and what took place on the final drive against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field should not be surprising. It should be expected.
With 76 yards to go in a tie game, 43 seconds remaining, and zero timeouts, Rodgers surveyed the field, desperate for someone to get open. But once he looked off his final read to the left, he noticed a huge gap in the defense, and took off for a 21-yard gain.
Clutch might be an understatement because it’s pretty easy to predict what happened next.
Following an incomplete pass, Rodgers found Davante Adams for eight yards, connected with Equanimeous St. Brown for 19 more and hit Adams again for another 19 yards to set up the game-winning field goal. Mason Crosby drilled it.
Green Bay Packers 33, San Francisco 49ers 30.
This was another 81-yard drive and game to add to his legacy
For just one moment, forget the Super Bowl XLV title and MVP. Ignore the two NFL MVP awards, the six Pro Bowl selections, the incredible records and statistics, too.
That run late in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, is what makes Rodgers so special and worth every penny of his contract.