A rare Tom Brady-Aaron Rodgers showdown goes Brady’s way

Posted November 10, 2018

Rodgers' own completion percentage (60.6) is on track for the lowest of his career and his passer rating (98.9) is almost five points lower than his career average. That's not something we ever say about the Patriots with Brady, though that says more about the two organizations than the quarterbacks. That set up Edelman's trick pass to White and a go-ahead touchdown. Here's what he told his defense about the Packers quarterback... On second-and-6 from Green Bay's 39, Brady threw a backward pass to Edelman, who threw the ball across the field to White, who followed a convoy of blockers to the 2.

Brady also posted images of the game, including his celebration with David Andrews after a Pats touchdown.

"I thought we competed hard against a really good football team", Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. Rodgers did not throw a pick, but New England's defense did keep the Green Bay passing game in check in the second half thanks to a brilliant gameplan from Belichick and defensive coordinator Brian Flores. On the Patriots next possession, Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 55-yard TD. "Every tackle we make we put emphasis on wrapping up and trying to knock it out", Guy said. On the 10-yard run, Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead was ejected for an open-hand slap to the head of Patriots center David Andrews. With a first down at New England's 34, the Packers were in range of a go-ahead field goal try for Mason Crosby.

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White knows New England has rolled up at least 38 points in four of its past five games, with Brady accounting for 12 touchdowns during that span as he continues to defy Father Time. With the game on the line, Brady had choices. The loss dropped the Packers to 3-4-1, meaning it will be the third straight year that Rodgers and Green Bay will not be over.500 at the midpoint of the season.

"It's frustrating", Rodgers said.

"It looked like we had (Rodgers) on a lot of plays", Belichick said. "And it's happening in the worst times". The argument can clearly be made, and we'll debate that for a long, long time.

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Rodgers will turn 35 next month.

Brady and Rodgers were facing each other for only the second time in the National Football League at Gillette Stadium, and the Patriots star came out on top, leading a 31-17 win over the Packers.

Circumstances for McCarthy and Rodgers must change rapidly for this team to avoid missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons. Rodgers was pressured on 5 of 10 fourth-quarter dropbacks, including his last three of the game.

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