He’s Airin’ Rodgers, certainly, having thrown for 1.35 miles since making his bold late-season statement. But not Erring Rodgers – his single interception Sunday against Dallas was his first in 63 days.
Why, this guy is so good, he may be playing ever so incrementally better than even Matt Ryan. Maybe. It’s a lot closer than you may think.
For all the fuss made about the magnificent Mr. Rodgers, Ryan has been right with him, step for step (and better over the full course of the season). He has just been a little quieter about it, issuing not one memorable quote or proclamation along the way. Ryan’s more a take-em-one-game-at-a-time than a run-the-table type.
The teams have both reflected the performance of their highest-paid players. Green Bay’s record post-Nov. 27: 8-0. The Falcons over that same time frame: 6-1.
Consider that over that span, in one less game, Ryan has the better completion percentage (.724-.689). Ryan, who hasn’t thrown an interception in his last five games, has 17 touchdowns to two interceptions in the run-the-table era. Not really so far removed from the flabbergasting Rodgers ratio of 21/1.
Passing yards per game: Rodgers 298, Ryan 291. Quibble if you must.
List the game-by-game quarterback ratings for both over this period in which Rodgers has supposedly been so singularly brilliant. Of the top six, he has three and Ryan has three.
The point being, of course, that, to quote another famous Rodgers aphorism, “R-E-L-A-X.”
It is fine to be on notice that separating the Falcons from the Super Bowl is a quarterback so hot you need oven mitts to shake his hand. Just remember the other guy is pretty good, too.