Aaron Who? Matt Flynn Should Start for the Packers in Their First Playoff Game

Adam LufranoCorrespondent IIIJanuary 2, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Heading into the Packers’ Week 17 matchup against the Lions at home, many writers across the world had Aaron Rodgers slated as this year’s Most Valuable Player. After watching the Packers barely eke out a victory against Detroit last Sunday, I can safely say Packers fans everywhere are thinking the same thing.

Aaron Rodgers isn’t the league’s MVP. Matt Flynn is.

Flynn obviously won’t win the award because he’s only started one game. But just imagine if he started all 16 games for the Packers this year. It’s scary, isn’t it?

Flynn, if playing the whole year, would have thrown for 7,680 yards, 96 touchdowns, and only 16 picks. Granted, 16 picks is a little high for an MVP, but when you throw 80 more touchdowns than picks, I think you’re okay.

Mike McCarthy was right to bench Rodgers last Sunday. He obviously knew Rodgers couldn’t handle Detroit’s fierce pass rush and tight coverage, and he had a quarterback on the roster that could. Flynn showed everyone in his last game why he will be the biggest free agent commodity this offseason. You can’t find great quarterbacks on the ground, but you can pay $100 million for them.

Before everyone bashes me for writing this, just listen. Rodgers wasn’t as good as Flynn coming into this year, and that has been proven this year. For everyone saying, “Well Rodgers broke the QB rating this year" - yes, before the Lions game Rodgers had broken that record.

But Flynn is the new holder of the single season QB rating. His mark of 124.8 shatters Rodgers’ previous record of 122.5. This just goes to show that, finally, the Packers have found their replacement at QB after Brett Favre.

In only his second career start, Flynn threw for six touchdowns. That’s more than Rodgers has ever thrown for in a game. If Flynn can do that in just one of his first two starts, he’ll probably accomplish everything Rodgers has accomplished in his first 10 starts.

Yards, touchdowns, Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, everything. Flynn can do it all, and he will do it all.

Flynn should get his chance to win a Super Bowl in his fifth career start if he can get the Packers to Lucas Oil Stadium this February. He’ll first have to beat the Lions/Falcons/Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers had a good run. His 45 touchdowns this year were pretty solid. Yet, this league is evolving. It’s becoming more and more of a passing league, and for the Packers to keep up with it, they are going to need their QB play to keep getting better. Rodgers can no longer be the answer, for Flynn is our savior.

The last time a QB was drafted below the fifth round and became a legend was Tom Brady. Because Matt Flynn is better than Tom Brady, as he showed last Sunday, the Packers are now officially the best team of all time.