Aaron Rodgers took home the MVP award to nobody’s surprise, but criticism didn’t stop. Skip Bayless called out Rodgers shortly after.
Aaron Rodgers can win MVPs … but better not count on him to win NFC Championship Games.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 7, 2021
Skip Bayless is obviously referring to Rodgers’ one win in the NFC Championship games. His most recent loss came against the Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers has been under fire ever since losing that game as many questioned the superstar’s legacy.
Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship Games
Rodgers has made it to a ridiculous five NFC Championship games, but he holds a 1-4 record in those games. Rodgers also became the first player to lose four straight championship games after the loss to the Bucs. Yikes…that’s not the kind of history Rodgers was looking to make.
Additionally, Rodgers’ lone win came back in 2010 when he beat the shorthanded Bears who were fielding some combination of Jay Cutler, Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie. Ever since then, the Packers have suffered brutal defeat after brutal defeat.
In 2015, it looked like the Packers were well on their way to the Super Bowl after going up 19-7 on the Seahawks with 3:52 left. However, the Packers famously collapsed as Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and a fake field goal carried the Seahawks to the win in overtime.
The next two games went even worse for the Packers as they lost 44-21 to the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 and 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers last year.
This year seemed to be different, however. For one, the Packers would finally have home field advantage in the Super Bowl, and the team as a whole was much more polished and well-rounded than it had been in recent memory. Ultimately, the Packers offense couldn’t break through the strong Tampa Bay defense as despite forcing the Bucs into three turnovers, they only scored six points from those drives.
That also means that this funny fact exists:
Yes, my son mentioned that Rex Grossman, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees all have won the same number of NFC Championship Games (1). https://t.co/6KMGmfRX2I
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) January 25, 2021
Rodgers is no doubt a very talented player and a future Hall of Famer, but his lack of Super Bowl wins and appearances really hold back his legacy.
Nevertheless, congratulations to Rodgers for winning his third MVP trophy now. That enough warrants himself at least a discussion among the greatest to play the game.
Aaron Rodgers wins his third NFL MVP award.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 7, 2021