Is Aaron Rodgers a Clutch QB? This Stat Might Surprise You

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 15 in Seattle, Washington. Abbie Parr/Getty Images

One of the longest-running debates in the NFL centres on who is the greatest quarterback of all times.

Over the last decade, it has specifically boiled down to who between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers deserves that particular accolade. The arguments have been heard ad nauseam. Brady has won five Super Bowls and has a good chance of adding a sixth ring this season. Despite some fantastic performances throughout his career, Rodgers only has one Super Bowl to his name, and with the Packers at 4-6-1 this season, he's unlikely to add another title to his name in the foreseeable future.

Do Brady's five rings count more than Rodgers' immense talent or does the fact the latter has spent his entire career with a team not as good as the Patriots have to be factored in?

Britain wouldn't normally be the first place one would look to for an answer to this particular question, but the BBC's NFL Show unearthed a statistic that paints the Brady vs Rodgers debate in a complete different light.

Hats off to whoever worked this stat out 👏

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 28, 2018

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is 0-37 across when entering the fourth quarter trailing by more than a point against teams with a winning record.

The Packers entered the fourth quarter trailing by more than a point in four of the six games they have lost this season and failed to overcome the deficit in each occasion. They have also lost the other two games—against the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks—when they entered the final period tied or ahead of their opponent.

Of course, Rodgers and the Packers began their season with a stirring fourth quarter comeback, overhauling a 21-3 deficit to beat the Chicago Bears 24-23—the first time the Packers won a game after trailing by 17 or more going into the final quarter in 112 occasions.

Despite being carted off in the first half with a knee injury, Rodgers returned to the field and finished with 20-of-30 for 286 passing yards and three touchdowns.

However, as the comeback against the Bears came in opening week of the season, Chicago did not technically have a winning record. Likewise, the Packers came back from 27-24 down to beat the 49ers in Week 6 but San Francisco was 1-5 by that point.

The fact Rodgers has not managed to haul his team back from the brink in the fourth quarter against teams with a winning record, does not mean he's inefficient in the final period of play. This season, the Packers have outscored their opponents seven times in the final quarter, including in games they have lost.

However, due to a combination of factors—chief among them the fact the Packers aren't really good—he hasn't managed to get his team over the line when back up against the wall.

According to Pro Football Reference, Rodgers is joint-84th in the list of NFL quarterbacks with the most fourth quarter comebacks—irrespective of whether achieved against a team with a winning record.

Peyton Manning leads the list with 43, followed by Brady with 35, who has led the Patriots to a win after entering the fourth quarter trailing against with a winning record twice in the last two seasons.

In Week 14 last season, the Patriots trailed 24-16 going into the final quarter in Pittsburgh but won 27-24, repeating the trick in the AFC Championship Game when they overhauled a 17-10 deficit to win 24-20 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A year earlier, with the Patriots down by 28-9 points in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons, he inspired a furious fourth quarter comeback which saw New England score 19 unanswered points to tie the game.

The Patriots then added six more in overtime and shut down the Falcons to win 34-28.