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Super Bowl 2011: Did Aaron Rodgers Join the Elite NFL QB Club?

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 and Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers of the Green Bay Packers holds the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gary SuggContributor IIFebruary 7, 2011

As the Green Bay Packers defense proved yet again to be an impassible force, we turn to the offensive performance from Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers.

In the 31-25 win for the Packers over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rodgers threw for 304 yards, completing 24-of-39 passes including 3 touchdowns.

Was this a legendary Super Bowl QB performance?

Arguably.

Considering the reputation of the Steelers defense, these numbers put up by Rodgers are unheard of. Knowing that the Packers pose no real threat with the running game, the Steelers defense had all of their looks towards the passing game.

But in the end, they still couldn't stop him.

How does it compare to the best QB showcases of all time?

After lining it up next to Joe Montana’s two best Super Bowl performances, it’s hard to say that it comes close. However, on paper it is one of the best QB Super Bowl showcases of all time.

The stats Rodgers put up Sunday were outstanding in the history of the Super Bowl, but you have to look at the circumstances.

In the case of Green Bay, Rodgers is the single leader of the offensive squad. Rodgers had no real running game present, and no overly stellar receivers (with the exception of Donald Driver who was injured for the majority of the Super Bowl), bringing it down to pure quarterback awareness, agility and experience.

Hence, if Rodgers doesn’t score, Green Bay doesn’t score.

I don’t see it to be a stretch to say that the Packers offense is Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers is unmistakably one of the best quarterbacks in the league and is the keystone of the Packers offense. But performances like this are casual for him, and with that, he deserves every bit of his MVP award, which is based on consistent stellar performances all season. However, as obvious as it may seem, Rodgers didn’t win this game.

Rodgers is a great QB, and on paper he gave the fans one of the best QB performances in Super Bowl history. But putting up those numbers still isn’t the thing that won Green Bay the game.

Defense wins championships.

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