Comparing Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in Cold Weather

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On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. It appears the “Frozen Tundra” will live up to its name for the NFC Championship . However, the biggest narrative heading into the game is the “G.O.A.T. Contest,” with Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers.

Brady headed south to Tampa this season, happy to play in warmer weather at the end of his career. He does not get that luxury for the NFC Championship.

Let’s take a look at how both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have fared in career games of under 28 degrees, with the Green Bay weather forecasted to be 27 degrees.

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Comparing Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in the Cold

No, this won’t be a dissection piece calling a player bad at football, like we did last week with Jared Goff . However, comparing these two players in the cold is very interesting.

While Brady has not played in any games under 28 degrees this season with the Buccaneers, he obviously spent two decades with the New England Patriots.

Player Game Result Pass Rtg Cmp % Pass Yds Pass TD Pass Int Big Pass 20+
Rodgers 2014-12-28 DET 20 @ GB 30 139.6 77.3 226 2 0 3
Rodgers 2015-01-11 DAL 21 @ GB 26 125.4 68.6 316 3 0 4
Rodgers 2016-01-03 MIN 20 @ GB 13 80.8 63.6 291 1 1 4
Rodgers 2016-12-11 SEA 10 @ GB 38 150.8 78.3 246 3 0 4
Rodgers 2016-12-18 GB 30 @ CHI 27 87.0 61.3 252 0 0 4
Rodgers 2017-01-08 NYG 13 @ GB 38 125.2 62.5 362 4 0 6
Rodgers 2019-12-15 CHI 13 @ GB 21 78.2 48.5 203 1 0 3
Rodgers 2020-01-12 SEA 23 @ GB 28 113.7 59.3 243 2 0 4
Brady 2015-01-10 BAL 31 @ NE 35 99.3 66.0 367 3 1 3
Brady 2015-11-29 NE 24 @ DEN 30 99.3 54.8 280 3 0 4
Brady 2016-12-18 NE 16 @ DEN 3 68.2 50.0 188 0 0 1
Brady 2017-12-31 NYJ 6 @ NE 26 82.0 48.6 190 2 0 2
Brady 2018-01-13 TEN 14 @ NE 35 102.5 66.0 337 3 0 3
Brady 2018-02-04 PHI 41 @ NE 33 115.4 58.3 505 3 0 10
Brady 2019-01-13 LAC 28 @ NE 41 106.5 77.3 343 1 0 5
Brady 2019-01-20 NE 37 @ KC 31 77.1 65.2 348 1 2 5

Including the NFL Playoffs, Brady has played in eight games under 28 degrees at kickoff, leading his team to a 6-2 record. While the record is solid, Brady did not play great for the first few. He completed less than 55 percent of his passes in three of these first four games. However, he has been sharp in the most recent four. Brady has thrown for over 300 yards in each of these four games, and he completed at least 60 percent of his passes in three of four. The most recent game wasn’t his best showing, but his team still got the win.

Rodgers has also played in eight games under 28 degrees, leading his team to a 7-1 record. He showed more consistency than Brady over the early part of his career. Rodgers never completed less than 60 percent of his passes in his first six games, throwing just one interception to 13 touchdowns. While he as won the two recent games under Matt LaFleur, these are clearly his two worst games on the list. Rodgers completed under 60 percent of his passes in both, while also putting up two of his lowest yardage totals. Still, the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last season was a hard-fought win, and he finished with a passer rating above 100, which most Packer fans are used to, but it is still an achievement.

Buccaneers vs Packers Weather | Green Bay Weather

It’s going to get nippy at Lambeau Field this Sunday. The Green Bay weather is currently calling for a kickoff of 27 degrees, with the temperature holding steady for the duration of the Buccaneers vs Packers NFC Championship. While the wind shouldn’t be a factor, we could see some snow falling down, making it a true Lambeau Field playoff game.

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