Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers—Here's What Happened in Their Three Previous Meetings

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have defined the NFL for the last two decades, but matchups between the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks have been few and far between.

Remarkably, while Brady made his NFL debut in 2000 and Rodgers has just completed his 16th season in the league, Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be only the fourth time the duo have met—and the first time they have done so in the playoffs.

Brady and Rodgers have largely been separated because of the once-every-four-years AFC-NFC divisional rotation, but could—and probably should—have met at least on three other occasions.

In Week 11 of the 2006 season, Rodgers briefly appeared in relief of Brett Favre as the Packers hosted the Patriots at Lambeau Field, only to break his foot and miss the remainder of the season.

Four years later, the Packers quarterback missed the trip to New England because of a concussion he suffered in the previous week against the Detroit Lions.

In the 2014 season, Brady and Rodgers could've met in Super Bowl XLIX only for the Packers to squander a 16-point lead against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.

Here's a breakdown of their previous three career meetings.

2014 season—Week 13

Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots 26-21

The NFL's first taste of a Brady vs. Rodgers showdown came at a typically cold Lambeau Field in Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season and remains the two-time MVP's only win over Brady. The Patriots traveled to Green Bay on the back of a seven-game winning streak and a 9-2 record, while the Packers were 8-3 going into the game after three straight wins and set their stall out early, taking a 13-0 lead in the first quarter courtesy of two field goals from Mason Crosby before Rodgers hit Richard Rodgers for a 32-yard touchdown.

The Patriots came to life in the second quarter, with Brandon Bolden scoring a six-yard rushing touchdown before Brady connected with Brandon LaFell for a two-yard touchdown after Crosby nailed his third field goal of the game. With just 14 seconds left in the first half, however, the Packers widened their lead again as Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 45-yard score. Following a scoreless third quarter, Brady threw his second touchdown pass of the game to LaFell, before Crosby stretched the Packers' lead to 26-21.

Brady got the ball back with 8:35 minutes left and converted a fourth-and-3 and a third-and-7 to keep the drive alive but Green Bay refused to buckle and regained possession after Stephen Gostkowski missed a 47-yard field goal, before Rodgers iced the game with a third-and-4 conversion with 2:28 left, which left the Patriots quarterback visibly upset on the sideline.

Rodgers completed 24 of 38 passes for 368 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Brady went 22-of-35 for 245 yards and two touchdowns.

The Patriots and Packers both went 12-4 but the potential rematch between Brady and Rodgers in Super Bowl XLIX never materialized as Green Bay imploded against the Seahawks.

Seattle would end up losing against New England as Brady won the fourth ring of his career.

2018 season—Week 8

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers 31-17

Four years after their first meeting, Rodgers and Brady crossed paths again in a much-hyped Sunday Night Football matchup in New England that came accompanied by a promo featuring Michael Jordan. The Patriots entered the game at 6-2 and on a five-game winning streak, while the Packers toiled at 3-3-1 and found themselves behind early doors to a James White rushing touchdown.

Crosby and Gostkowski exchanged field goals, before Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a two-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 10-10. The Patriots regained the lead with 1:57 left in the first half through Cordarrelle Patterson's five-yard rushing touchdown, only for Rodgers to again lead the Packers down the fed and tie the game at 17-17 with a 15-yard pass to Jimmy Graham in the third quarter.

White's second rushing touchdown of the night restored the Patriots' lead early in the final period, before Brady's 55-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon sealed the game.

The six-time Super Bowl champion completed 22 of his 35 passes for 294 yards and one touchdown, while Rodgers went 24-of-43 for 259 yards and two touchdown passes.

The Packers' season ended with a disappointing 6-9-1 record, while the Patriots finished 11-5 and returned to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to clinch what would be the final Super Bowl ring of the Brady/Bill Belichick era.

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady talks with Aaron Rodgers after the New England Patriots defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-17 at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty

2020 season—Week 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers 38-10

The most recent matchup between Rodgers and Brady is only three months old and came in Week 6 of the 2020 season. Still undefeated and fresh from a bye in Week 5, the Packers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter in Tampa, thanks to a field goal from Crosby and a one-yard rushing touchdown from Aaron Jones.

The Buccaneers, however, turned the game on its head in the second quarter, scoring 28 unanswered points as Rodgers threw two interceptions—including a pick six that was returned for a 32-yard touchdown from Jamel Dean and sparked Tampa's scoring spree.

Ronald Jones' two-yard rushing touchdown put the Bucs ahead, before Brady hit Tyler Johnson for a seven-yard touchdown pass and a connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 12-yard touchdown to put Tampa Bay 28-10 ahead at halftime.

Ryan Succup hit a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter, before Jones' second rushing touchdown of the game rounded off the result as the Packers failed to put up any points in the last three quarters.

Brady completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, while Rodgers endured the worst game of a near-flawless season and finished 16-of-35 for just 160 passing yards and two interceptions.

The two picks accounted for almost half of the combined five interceptions Rodgers threw in the entire season. The Packers, meanwhile, led in the league in scoring and, aside from the loss in Tampa, never scored fewer than 22 points during the regular season.