The patriots' offensive chicanery continued on their next possession when Edelman ran a reverse game of 17 meters. Two games later, Brady insisted on the left, where it turned out he would throw a cardiac pass, causing two Green Bay defensive backs to break out smoothly.
Packer's secondary was already depleted due to two injuries and because Jermaine Whitehead was ejected after slamming a face mask patriot at one end at the end of a game, a crime that often punishes punishment but not spell check.
However, as Brady felt the screen card, New England bounced broad recipient Josh Gordon behind the hit Green Bay secondary. Brady joins Gordon in battle for a game-clinching 55-yard touchdown pass.
Passing that game, explains Brady, usually goes to Edelman, which was also open. Brady, who finished 22 out of 35 passes for 294 meters, decided that Gordon was more open. With the game on the line, Brady had a choice.
Rodgers was not surprisingly frustrated after the match. His team's defense is suspicious and inconsistent. For the second week of the week, a late fumble prevented Packers from winning an opponent on the way (Green Bay lost Los Angeles Rams a week ago).
"We hurt ourselves with negative yardage games and missed throws and sales at the wrong time – and not on the same side too many times," said Rodgers. "And it happens in the worst times. When we have to play our best during the break times, we have not played our best."
Rodgers will be 35 next month. He is one of the biggest quarterbacks in his generation, but watches his career and he longs for several championships, such as those who won 41-year-old Brady, his rare field player.
Patriots and Packers do not play regularly until 2022, and it is impossible to predict if Rodgers or Brady will still be in uniform. The team, and quarterbacks, could meet earlier, if each makes it to the Super Bowl. But the last quarter of Sunday's recording showdown, which featured New England's precise efficiency and Green Bay's untouched gaffes, made it a wishful wish.