Hardly a match was expected in the NFL for weeks with as much tension as the encounter between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
The quarterback's superstars clashed Monday night at Foxborough – and the New England Patriots enjoyed a clear win at 31:17, albeit with the benign help of the Green Bay Packers. (SERVICE: NFL-LIVESCORES and NFL LIVE at DAZN)
After the unbeaten debut against the Rams, it was the second consecutive loss to the Packers. With a record of three wins, four losses and a draw, the playoffs in third place at NFC North are seriously at risk. The Patriots, on the other hand, thrive with seven wins and one defeat at the top of the AFC East.
Curious: For the second time in their long career, Brady and Rodgers, the two have met their franchises. For a long time, it seemed that the game was going to be a tight business. At the beginning of last quarter, it was 5:17 pm, before a fatal mistake by Aaron Jones taking the Patriots to victory.
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Jones with a bitter fumble
Just as the Packers had more and more control over the game and could have taken the lead, the Running Back messed up and gave all the boost to the Packers.
After this invitation, the Patriots were not questioned twice in front of their native scenery. With two touchdowns in the last 15 minutes, the sixth consecutive victory was sealed. Brady scored 22 of 35 passes for 294 yards, breaking 80,000 yards as the first quarterback of the NFL. He also recorded a touchdown pass for Josh Gordon.
Running Back James White scored more than six points twice and Cordarrelle Patterson succeeded for the Pats.
Gronkowski and Michel injured
That the Patriots would still win relatively well in the end, was not made clear before the game. With Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel, two top performers fit in the short term, but coach Bill Belichick's concept continued.
The situation with the Green Bay Packers is completely different.
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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, like Tom Brady, did not show the most confident performance of his career. The Wisconsin playmaker scored just 24 of the 43 passes for 259 yards, with two touchdown passes – one in Davante Adams, the other in Jimmy Graham.
But it was not Rodgers that made life unnecessarily difficult for the Packers. Several avoidable errors resulted in a clear result at the end.
More often than usual, Rodgers was under pressure in his pocket. In addition, the team of coach Mike McCarthy had to face a relegation. Security Jermaine Whitehead was dismissed for unnecessary hardships on the field because he beat Patriots Center David Andrews in the face.
Whitehead, who acted as a substitute for the Redskins traded for the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Redskins, then lacked in the defensive line. In addition, Green Bay had to deal with another weakening team: Kentrell Brice's safety, Tackle right Bryan Buluga and Cornerback Kevin King injured and did not return.