This article ranks some of Rodgers' finest moments as a Green Bay Packer. Hopefully, there will be more of these to come.
Immediately after a Tramon Williams interception, the Packers offense took the field and on 1st and 10, Aaron Rodgers threw his longest career pass to date, a perfect 86-yard toss to a wide open Jennings for the touchdown.
Why it's a top moment: Although the Packers would eventually lose the game, this was clearly the best highlight from the game, and in my opinion, a highlight in Rodgers' career thus far; being his longest career touchdown pass, and one of the greatest passes of his career.
Why Not Higher: Because the Packers would eventually lose the game, and the touchdown was scored fairly early in the game, it didn't have a huge impact in the long run outside of building momentum to help keep the Packers in the game.
It was the first time Aaron Rodgers stepped in for Brett Favre since a disastrous 35-0 loss against New England in 2006 where Rodgers broke his foot. There were many questions swirling around whether or not Rodgers could play, but in November 2007, when Favre would be taken out of the game when the Packers were down 27-10. Aaron Rodgers stepped in, and had some struggles early on, but would eventually break out, leading the Packers down the field for a drive which would eventually be capped off with a 11-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings; Rodgers' first career touchdown.
Why It's a Top Moment: In a game where there were many questions about Aaron Rodgers, he stepped up and led the Packers to come back into the game, 27-24, and although they didn't win, this was Aaron Rodgers' first step in gaining the trust of Packer faithful and giving them a glimpse of years to come.
Why Not Higher: Since the Packers didn't end up winning the game, the impact wasn't huge outside of helping Aaron Rodgers' case for being a Green Bay starter in the future.
Down 17-10 with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, Rodgers and the Packers were facing 4th down and goal and had to get a touchdown to stay in the game. In one of Rodgers' greatest clutch moments, he would roll out of the pocket, avoiding a sack, looking for an open reciever, until he finally found an open Jordy Nelson in the corner of the endzone, throwing the touchdown pass and tying the game 17-17.
Why it's a top moment: In a do-or-die moment, Rodgers performed beautifully. This is personally one of my favorite moments that would have been higher had the Packers won.
Why Not Higher: In the end, the Falcons would kick a last-second field goal, so the Packers would lose this game despite a great effort from Rodgers, which takes away a little from this moment.
Unlike their November meeting, the Packers finally got the best of the Falcons in this game. Many Aaron Rodgers moments could be the pick in this game, where he threw for 3 touchdowns and completed 31 of 36 passes.
My personal favorite is at the beginning of the third quarter. Up 28-14, fresh after returning an interception for a touchdown, the Packers would thrust a final dagger into the Falcons—a one-seed at home—with an impressive drive that ended with this Aaron Rodgers run for a touchdown.
Why It's a Top Moment: Despite being down by 14 points, the Falcons had a chance to turn around the momentum, and almost did at the beginning of the drive, when John Abraham sacked Rodgers, and immediately mocked him with Rodgers' signature championship belt. However, Rodgers responded with an impressive drive down the field for a touchdown, ending in his touchdown run, where he finished off putting the belt back on. Had Rodgers not delivered in this drive, the Falcons could have easily taken the momentum right back, but after this drive, the Falcons appeared lost and were never able to fully regain their form.
Why Not Higher: Since the Packers were already up big and had momentum on their side, the touchdown may have not have had the impact on the game that some of the moments that are ahead of this one do.
With the Packers 8-6 and Rodgers returning from a concussion he sustained in a 7-3 loss to Detroit, many questions were raised about the Packers season, and Rodgers ability to come back. After this 80-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, all of those questions were put to rest, as Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns to help steamroll the Giants 45-17.
Why Its a Top Moment: This 80-yard pass was huge in gaining momentum in this game which the Packers would ride through most of the game. In one of the most pivotal games of Rodgers' career, in which he was basically faced with the prospect of lose or go home, this touchdown sparked an incredible performance by Rodgers and the Packers, which also helped spark their 6-game Super Bowl run.
Why Not Higher: Quite simply, it was hard to rank this moment above the five that will follow...
Late in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, the Packers scored the first touchdown of the game—a perfect Rodgers pass to Jordy Nelson. After this score, the Packers would never relinquish the lead. Although this was an early score, it helped set the tone for the game, with the Packers leading and the Steelers attempting to play catch-up.
Why it's a top moment: Pretty self-explanatory, it was a spark for the Packers in the biggest game of the year.
Why Not Higher: It wasn't the most important pass for Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV...
It was Rodgers first game as a starter, playing against the rival Vikings. Although the Packers would lead through much of the game, the Vikings would keep it close, and it wasn't until a quarterback sneak by Aaron Rodgers that the game would be sealed.
Why it's a top moment: Although it's a simple quarterback sneak, what made this moment special was Rodgers' first Lambeau Leap, televised on Monday Night Football, in his first career game. With a difficult offseason for Aaron Rodgers, it was a perfect way for him to start his career, and gain the respect of Lambeau faithful.
Down 15-13 with a minute left in the fourth quarter, Rodgers completed a perfect pass to Greg Jennings, a 50-yard touchdown bomb that brought the Packers up in front against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. The Packers would eventually win the game, 21-15, with an Al Harris interception clinching the game.
Why It's a Top Moment: After a disappointing 6-10 season where the Packers had difficulty coming up late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers and the Packers finally rose to the occasion, in the first game of the 2009 season, where Rodgers executed what could be considered his first 4th quarter comeback.
Although the Packers would be leading for the entire Super Bowl, that doesn't mean they weren't in trouble at times. The Steelers would come back to narrow their lead to 21-17, but a turnover by Clay Matthews in the fourth quarter gave the Packers an opportunity to gain the momentum back.
Rodgers would return to form after a rough 3rd quarter, throwing a critical 3rd down pass to Jordy Nelson to keep the drive alive and set up a touchdown that would widen the gap to 28-17. Although the Steelers would score again, narrowing the lead once again to 28-25, Rodgers would lead the Packers down yet another drive, and again, would convert a pivotal third down pass, this time to Jennings.
In the end, they would only gain a field goal, but it drained the clock down to 2 minutes, and the Steelers weren't able to mount a comeback after that.
Why It's Top Moment: Although it's technically 2 moments, they both were very similar in their situation, and in the end, Rodgers pulled through in the fourth quarter when it mattered most.
Of course, Rodgers' greatest moment should be winning the Super Bowl, and although his final play in the Super Bowl was simply taking a knee, it is still a defining moment in the career of Aaron Rodgers, and hopefully, there will be more moments like this in years to come.