Aaron Rodgers Credits God After Packers Defeat Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2015

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers drops back during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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In January, Aaron Rodgers said he didn't think God was a big football fan, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. The Green Bay Packers quarterback was singing a different tune Sunday night.  

“I just think it’s a top-down mentality," Rodgers said after Green Bay's 27-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. "It’s being very confident in the preparation and then getting it all from God. I think God was a Packer fan tonight, so He was taking care of us.”

Of course, Rodgers' comments appear to be a not-so-thinly veiled shot at Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who is known for invoking his faith. Wilson had credited God as the reason the Seahawks defeated the Packers in their NFC Championship Game matchup eight months ago. 

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” Wilson told The MMQB's Peter King. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”

Rodgers later retorted on an ESPN Wisconsin radio show, indicating he did not believe a higher power had anything to do with the result. 

"I don't think God cares a whole lot about the outcome," Rodgers said. "He cares about the people involved, but I don't think he's a big football fan."

The reigning NFL MVP threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's rematch, atoning for a less than stellar outing in January. Wilson struggled early before coming into his own late, finishing with 206 yards through the air and 78 on the ground to go along with his two touchdown passes.

The budding Rodgers-Wilson rivalry will only stoke the fire of what's becoming one of the NFC's best head-to-head matchups. There were multiple personal foul flags thrown for post-play scrums, and Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was ejected following a dust-up with Green Bay's Richard Rodgers.

The two teams will not meet again until a potential playoff rematch, though Seattle now has work to do after getting off to a 0-2 start. Rodgers and his Packers are 2-0 heading into their matchup next Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Either way, it's almost refreshing to see two of the game's best players be so willing to send shots the other's way. 

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