Believe it or not, Sunday marked the first time that Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady met head-to-head as starters on a football field.
In a game that came down to the wire, the #12 wearing green and yellow prevailed 26-21 after Stephen Gostkowski missed a 47-yard field goal with 2:40 remaining that would have cut the Packers’ lead to two.
New England drove late with a chance to engineer a come-from-behind game-winning drive but the closest they were able to get to the end zone was the Green Bay 20.
On 2nd and 9, Brady threw an incomplete pass to Rob Gronkowski and then on the following play he was sacked nine yards behind the line of scrimmage to set up the 4th and 18, which led to the Gostkowski miss.
The win snapped the Pats’ unbeaten streak and helped the Pack to stay one game ahead of the Detroit Lions.
Packers snap Patriots’ 7-game win streak with 26-21 victory at Lambeau. Green Bay improves to 9-3, 6-0 at home. pic.twitter.com/JnfXgUa1F2
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2014
Tale of the Tape
While Eddie Lacy had a solid game with 98 yards on just 21 carries, most fans were more interested in watching the quarterback duel between Brady and Rodgers.
Both played well but Rodgers’ performance was just a hair better – good enough to lead his team to the win.
“The first matchup of Brady and Rodgers. It was as good as all the build up.” – Jim Nantz pic.twitter.com/wySHwOJPzK
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 1, 2014
In Week 14, both squads play in games that could have playoff implications.
The Packers hosts the Falcons, who at (5-7) are tied with the Saints in the dismal NFC South and the Patriots travel out west to take on an (8-4) Chargers team that’s won three straight games to swing back into relevance.