Aaron Rodgers did everything, but Tom Brady won. Has anyone expected something different?

Aaron Rodgers did everything, but Tom Brady won. Has anyone expected something different?

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady meet for a chat after the Patriots defeat the Packers in Sunday Night Football. (Steven Senne / AP)

Brady-Rodgers II epitomized the careers of the two big quarterback greats.

Aaron Rodgers did his utmost to offset the shortcomings of the Green Bay Packers in other areas.

Tom Brady has found a way to win.

Nobody could have expected anything else on Sunday evening in Foxborough, Mass.

The Patriots from New England (31-17) won with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. As a result, Brady and the Patriots could be directed to another Super Bowl. The season is unclear for Rodgers and the Packers.

It was not one of Brady's biggest accomplishments. In fact, he was sometimes confused by the Packers defense plans developed by Coordinator Mike Pettine. This hardly ever happens.

But Brady's 224 for 294 yards of passing performance was good enough for the Patriots to win in one night when they were without a tight end. Rob Gronkowski and rookie ran back to Sony Michel. Brady threw no interception. He had a touchdown pass on a 55-yard strike against Wide Gordon Josh to limit the score and seal the outcome.

"I think we fought pretty hard," Brady told NBC after the game. "It was even after three quarters and we played pretty well in the fourth quarter. The defense has made so many games. I'm glad that we kept her away from the field in the end. So it was a great job. "

Remember the question of whether the Patriots got into trouble with two defeats in three games after the start of the season? This is a distant memory. They have won six games in a row to boost their record to 7-2. They have defeated their top challenger in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs. They were well on the # 1 in the AFC playoffs and another Super Bowl appearance to head.

With Michel and James White on Sunday evening, after he had once slipped off the field, the Patriots had a boost from Cordarrelle Patterson. The veteran wide receiver and kick-returner filled up while running and was highly effective with 11 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown.

"That's what I said before the game: Everyone has to contribute," Brady said. "Everyone has done plays. The defense played great. Offensively we ran it with CP. What a great achievement he had run …. Everyone has done great things. "

Brady only won his second career matchup with Rodgers as NFL starter. Rodgers was good, but not overwhelming. For the first time since his injury at the season opener, he played without support on the left knee. He moved well and threw two touchdown passes in a pass performance of 24: 43.259 yards. However, in the second half, the cameras snapped him when he held his right wrist, though he had never left the game.

The Packers had a lot to overcome. After exchanging protection with the Washington Redskins with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix alone, they found themselves embarrassed on Sunday night when Jermaine Whitehead struck the face mask of Patriots Center David Andrews after a play.

The NFL said Whitehead was thrown out of the game "because he hit an opponent's head." The decision on the ejection was subject to an immediate repetition and was confirmed by the League Office in New York. Even so, some observers found the ejection too hard for a blow with open hands.

The defense in Green Bay was further depleted by an Achilles tendon injury from corner kick Kevin King and an ankle injury from linebacker Blake Martinez, who left the field on a cart but later returned. In an attack, Bryan Bulaga injured with a knee injury to the right.

Nevertheless, the Packers had their chances. The defeats of 10: 3 and 17: 10 led to a score of 17 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Green Bay defense provided a goal line in the third quarter and the Packers headed for a possible starting shot, as the descent Aaron Jones at the opening game of the last quarter a little failed.

That turnover led to a Patriots touchdown that White had scored in a 1-yard run that was initiated by a trick game in which Brady caught a cross pass to throw wide receiver Julian Edelman and run in a night when Brady and Rodgers In fact, Edelman actually had the highest passer rating of the game at 118.8.

The Packers have returned from their reunion week to lose consecutive street games against the Los Angeles Rams and the Patriots. They could have beaten the Rams if Ty Montgomery had not played too late on a kick-off return. You could have defeated the Patriots, if not for Jones & # 39; fumble.

But the what-ifs that accumulate so quickly do not do the packers well. They are 3-4-1 and are looking for a promotion to get back into the NFC playoff race. They still have difficult street games in Seattle, Minnesota and Chicago. Will another squad of Rodgers Prime be wasted?

"He did a lot of good tonight," Brady said of Rodgers. "It's still great to see how he plays and plays so well."

But it was even better for Brady to win.

As usual.

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