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How does Aaron Rodgers stack up against Brett Favre in the playoffs?

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Rodgers is about to hit a key comparison milestone. Let’s look at how he stacks up to his predecessor.

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If you count yourself among the people who like to compare Aaron Rodgers to Brett Favre, this Sunday’s playoff game marks a critical juncture.

On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers will start his 14th playoff game under Mike McCarthy. That’s the same number of games Favre started before Mike Holmgren moved west for Seattle.

Making direct comparisons between the two is difficult, but I think it’s interesting to compare the success of these two very successful quarterbacks.

In Favre’s first thirteen playoff games, he completed 250 of 414 passes for 3,098 yards, 23 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. The Packers went 9-4 in that stretch and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one.

Here’s a game-by-game look at Favre’s stats.

Playoffs Table
Passing Rushing
Rk Year Date G# Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
1 1993 1994-01-08 17 @ DET W 28-24 15 26 57.69 204 3 1 105.3 0 0 4 18 0
2 1993 1994-01-16 18 @ DAL L 17-27 28 45 62.22 331 2 2 80.9 2 4 0 0 0
Rk Year Date G# Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
3 1994 1994-12-31 17 DET W 16-12 23 38 60.53 262 0 0 81.2 1 7 2 5 0
4 1994 1995-01-08 18 @ DAL L 9-35 18 35 51.43 211 0 1 58.2 1 8 2 2 0
Rk Year Date G# Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
5 1995 1995-12-31 17 ATL W 37-20 24 35 68.57 199 3 0 111.5 1 9 3 -3 0
6 1995 1996-01-06 18 @ SFO W 27-17 21 28 75.00 299 2 0 132.9 1 5 3 11 0
7 1995 1996-01-14 19 @ DAL L 27-38 21 39 53.85 307 3 2 84.0 4 27 1 -1 0
Rk Year Date G# Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
8 1996 1997-01-04 17 SFO W 35-14 11 15 73.33 79 1 0 107.4 1 8 5 9 0
9 1996 1997-01-12 18 CAR W 30-13 19 29 65.52 292 2 1 107.3 1 14 5 14 0
10 1996 1997-01-26 19 N NWE W 35-21 14 27 51.85 246 2 0 107.9 5 38 4 12 1
Rk Year Date G# Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
11 1997 1998-01-04 17 TAM W 21-7 15 28 53.57 190 1 2 57.1 4 19 5 2 0
12 1997 1998-01-11 18 @ SFO W 23-10 16 27 59.26 222 1 0 98.1 1 3 2 -10 0
13 1997 1998-01-25 19 N DEN L 24-31 25 42 59.52 256 3 1 91.0 1 1 0 0 0
Rk Year Date G# Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
14 1998 1999-01-03 17 @ SFO L 27-30 20 35 57.14 292 2 2 79.7 1 10 0 0 0
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2017.

Rodgers, meanwhile, accumulated 298 completions on 467 attempts for 3,454 yards, 27 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The Packers were 7-6 over those thirteen games, appearing in one Super Bowl and winning it.

Here’s Rodgers game-by-game.

Playoffs Table
Passing Rushing
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
2 2009 2010-01-10 GNB @ ARI L 45-51 28 42 66.67 423 4 1 121.4 5 19 3 13 1
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
3 2010 2011-01-09 GNB @ PHI W 21-16 18 27 66.67 180 3 0 122.5 2 9 3 4 0
4 2010 2011-01-15 GNB @ ATL W 48-21 31 36 86.11 366 3 0 136.8 2 20 2 13 1
5 2010 2011-01-23 GNB @ CHI W 21-14 17 30 56.67 244 0 2 55.4 1 8 7 39 1
6 2010 2011-02-06 GNB N PIT W 31-25 24 39 61.54 304 3 0 111.5 3 16 2 -2 0
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
7 2011 2012-01-15 GNB NYG L 20-37 26 46 56.52 264 2 1 78.5 4 23 7 66 0
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
8 2012 2013-01-05 GNB MIN W 24-10 23 33 69.70 274 1 0 104.9 3 24 2 12 0
9 2012 2013-01-12 GNB @ SFO L 31-45 26 39 66.67 257 2 1 91.5 1 9 3 28 0
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
10 2013 2014-01-05 GNB SFO L 20-23 17 26 65.38 177 1 0 97.8 4 20 2 11 0
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
11 2014 2015-01-11 GNB DAL W 26-21 24 35 68.57 316 3 0 125.4 1 10 3 -4 0
12 2014 2015-01-18 GNB @ SEA L 22-28 19 34 55.88 178 1 2 55.8 1 7 1 12 0
Rk Year Date Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Att Yds TD
13 2015 2016-01-10 GNB @ WAS W 35-18 21 36 58.33 210 2 0 93.5 1 5 1 -1 0
14 2015 2016-01-16 GNB @ ARI L 20-26 24 44 54.55 261 2 1 77.9 1 10 2 21 0
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2017.

Here are a couple of takeaways from both quarterbacks.

First and foremost, screw the Dallas Cowboys, now and forever. I know the San Francisco 49ers were excellent in the early 90’s, too, but it’s hard to believe that the Packers wouldn’t have won at least one more title if Dallas hadn’t been such a persistent obstacle.

Second, while Favre should get all the credit in the world for his postseason success, he also benefitted from a consistently great defense during the Holmgren years. During the five seasons represented in these 13 games, the Packers finished ninth, fifth, fourth, first, and fifth in scoring defense. During the seven seasons it’s taken Aaron Rodgers to accumulate 13 playoff starts, he’s only had a top five scoring defense once. It was in 2010, and you know how that went down.

Third, it’s profoundly frustrating that Rodgers has lost three times in overtime. Twice he never touched the ball, and on the third occasion the ball was forcibly removed in part because a linebacker was hanging on his facemask.

Finally, it bears pointing out that Favre’s 14th playoff start should have ended when Jerry Rice absolutely, positively, fumbled the football.

Let’s hope Rodgers has better luck this weekend.