Aaron Rodgers had a jaw-dropping performance on Sunday. After being nearly invisible for most of the first have he engineered two scoring drives to end the half, and never looked back.
The play that most people are buzzing about is the Hail Mary pass to end the half. And yes, that is awesome, but there is a large element of luck involved in that play. The play that got my head spinning was the touchdown pass to Adams in the previous series.
Just take a look at this play and tell me any other QB who makes this happen.
The QB position is unique in sports. They handle the ball on every play. And on pass plays, once the ball is snapped there is 3 seconds of total chaos in the midst of which the QB is supposed to check multiple options, pick the correct one, and deliver a pass on target. It is an amazing combination of physical dexterity and mental focus.
In this play, Rodgers dances around in the pocket for what seems like 30 seconds. Most QBs have a clock in their head which tells them when to bail on a play (which means either tucking the ball and running for whatever you can get, or more likely just throwing the ball away). Rodgers moves around deftly inside the swirling chaos of the play, but never strays far from the pocket and never loses his focus on finding a receiver.
And, if the avoidance of a sack were not enough, when Rodgers decides he has a target in Davante Adams he throws the ball into a window-of-success smaller than a bread box. I mean, who makes that throw. Even in the pristine atmosphere of a practice session that throw is not completed. When put in the context of the mad-scrambling, play-extending, dance that preceded the throw it is mind-boggling.
The Packers have no running game (the QB is the second leading rusher for the season) and they lost their #1 receiver to injury early in the game. But they smoked a really good defensive team in the Giants. No one but Aaron Rodgers gets this done.