Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won a Super Bowl in his third season as the full-time starter.
He led the sixth-seeded Packers on a championship run in 2010, capped with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at AT&T Stadium. Rodgers garnered MVP honors in that game and said he understands what it takes to raise the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
No rookie quarterback has been able to accomplish that feat in NFL history. Rodgers and the Packers, of course, would love to see that streak continue on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys have taken the league by storm behind rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, but time will tell whether Prescott can become the first rookie quarterback to lead his team to the Super Bowl.
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For his part, Rodgers believes playoff experience matters and brought up the “rust” factor in the Cowboys’ pursuit of a championship. The Cowboys didn’t play several of their starters in the regular-season finale and are coming off a bye, while the Packers have had to win seven consecutive games to get to this point in the season.
“There’s a lot of things that go into it, but you’re a top-seed and you’ve been off for a week,” Rodgers said on a conference call with Cowboys reporters on Wednesday. “There’s added pressure of trying to hold serve at home and there’s the potential rust factor of haven’t played in a few weeks. A lot of starters didn’t play in that last game against Philly. We’re coming off a stretch where we had to win every game for the last seven to keep this thing rolling.
“There’s a lot to be said about momentum and about playoff experience I think.”