For his career, Aaron Rodgers
has five fourth-quarter comebacks and nine game-winning drives.
If you're looking for a signature comeback, it would be against Chicago in the 2009 opener. This was a huge moment for Rodgers, considering the team was coming off a 6-10 season plagued by one close loss after another and the fan base remained divided a year after the bitter split between the club and Brett Favre.
Trailing 15-13 with 2:35 remaining and the ball on Green Bay's 28-yard line, Rodgers dropped a perfect bomb into the hands of Greg Jennings for the winning touchdown, and Al Harris sealed the deal with an interception. That would be Rodgers' second career fourth-quarter comeback and third game-winning drive.
Otherwise, Rodgers' resume isn't exactly overflowing with signature fourth-quarter moments. At Detroit in Week 2 of the 2008 season, Rodgers got his first fourth-quarter comeback and game-winning drive in a 48-25 victory in which Charles Woodson turned a close game into a blowout with an interception to set up one touchdown and a pick-six. Rodgers got a game-winning drive in the 2008 finale against the Lions, a 31-21 verdict that sealed Detroit's 0-16 fate.
Late in 2009 against Chicago, Rodgers got his third fourth-quarter comeback and fourth game-winning drive when Nick Collins' interception set up the offense at the Bears' 11-yard line.
In a must-win 2010 finale, the Packers earned a playoff berth by beating the Bears 10-3. Rodgers' touchdown pass to Donald Lee with 12:42 remaining provided the winning margin and gave him his fifth game-winning drive.
Rodgers' other crowning moment came at the Giants in 2011. When the defense coughed up an eight-point lead on a touchdown and two-point play with 58 seconds remaining, Rodgers went 3-for-3 for 69 yards to set up Mason Crosby's game-winning 30-yard field goal on the final play. That would be game-winning drive No. 6.
Rodgers was clutch again against New Orleans last season to get his fourth fourth-quarter comeback and seventh game-winning drive. Six days after the Fail Mary game, the Packers frittered away a 21-7 lead and found themselves trailing 27-21. Rodgers' 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson gave the Packers a 28-27 lead with 7 minutes to go. Holding wiped out the Saints' go-ahead field goal, and Garrett Hartley missed from 10 yards further back. Rodgers' ad-lib completion to James Jones helped the Packers run out the clock.
Rodgers' fifth fourth-quarter comeback and eighth game-winning drive came last year at Detroit. Trailing 20-14 with 4:25 to play, Jermichael Finley turned a short pass into a 40-yard gain and Rodgers hit Cobb for 22 yards for the winning points with 1:55 to go.
A few weeks later, Rodgers again beat the Lions — meaning four of his nine-game winning drives have come against Detroit. The winning points came courtesy of a seven-play, 59-yard touchdown drive accomplished all on the ground.
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