2.2.14

FOOTBALL IS BLOCKING AND TACKLING.

Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins the Bart Starr Award. "Around for roughly a quarter century, the Bart Starr Award annually recognizes one NFL player for outstanding character and leadership on the field and in the community."  The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram characterizes the award as passing the torch.

The Bleacher Report tots up the numbers.
Starr was 9-1 in 10 games, and his teams won five NFL championships, which also include the first two Super Bowls.

Rodgers so far is 5-4 in postseason play in nine games, and only one of his teams have won an NFL title.

Starr obviously has outplayed Rodgers, right? No, not really. In fact, their production in the postseason has been very similar.

Starr is the highest-rated quarterback in NFL postseason history with a 104.8 mark.

Rodgers is second in that category with a 103.1 rating.

Starr threw 15 touchdown passes versus just three picks for 1,753 yards in those 10 games.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has thrown 19 touchdown passes versus just five picks for 2,489 yards in his nine games in the postseason.

In the 10 games that No. 15 led the Packers in the postseason, the team scored 253 overall points. In the nine games that No. 12 has led the Pack in the playoffs, the team scored 261 overall points.
Regular readers know some of this.  Yes, it's useful to have Three or Four or Five or Fifteen or Twelve (A) or Twelve (Z) taking snaps.  The other side of the line requires 52 or 66 or 92.
The defenses behind Starr allowed 121 points in 10 games, or an average of 12.1 points a game.

On the other hand, the defenses behind Rodgers allowed 242 points in nine games, or 26.8 points a game.
Much as it pains me to say it, Seattle have the stronger defense in today's game. Denver may be the sentimental favorite.  Stingy defenses tend to get the rings.

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