A rundown of the 20 Packers playoff games during the Aaron Rodgers era

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The Aaron Rodgers era has been marked by the highest of highs and lowest of lows, though not exclusively because of Rodgers, who has been mostly excellent in the postseason.

A look at the 20 playoff games with Rodgers as the starting quarterback, during which no other player on the Packers attempted a pass.

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Aaron Rodgers celebrates the Super Bowl XLV championship by holding the Lombardi Trophy after leading the Packers to a 31-26 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Packers are 11-9 in the playoffs under Rodgers, including a 5-3 mark at Lambeau Field (5-6 on the road, 1-0 at neutral site).

On Saturday, the Packers will meet the San Francisco 49ers in the newest chapter, where Rodgers will get one last chance to win a playoff game over the team for whom he rooted as a child; so far, he's 0-3.

2009 Wild Card: Arizona Cardinals 51, Packers 45

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks off the field following the Packers' 51-45 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game on Jan. 10, 2010, at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Rodgers' stats: 28 of 42, 423 yards, four touchdowns, one interception, one rushing TD, 121.4 rating.

Touchdowns: Rodgers (rush), Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, John Kuhn (rush), Spencer Havner.

Another star: Jennings (8 catches, 130 yards, touchdown).

The high-scoring tête-à-tête with Kurt Warner ended in overtime when Rodgers was sacked by Michael Adams and fumbled the ball away to Karlos Dansby, who returned it 17 yards for the winning points. Rodgers' playoff debut remains his only 400-yard passing performance in the postseason. The Packers were down 17-0 and 31-10 early in the third quarter before mounting a furious rally.

2010 Wild Card: Packers 21, Philadelphia Eagles 16

Tramon Williams intercepts the pass intended for Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter during the NFC wild-card playoff game Jan. 9, 2011, at at Lincoln Financial Field.

Rodgers' stats: 18 of 27, 180 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, 122.5 rating.

Touchdowns: Tom Crabtree, Jones, Brandon Jackson.

Another star: James Starks (23 carries, 123 yards), toppling Packers rookie playoff rushing record set in 1967.

The Super Bowl run began with a nail-biter, when Tramon Williams intercepted Eagles quarterback Michael Vick with 44 seconds left as the Eagles drove for what could have been a winning score.

2010 Divisional Round: Packers 48, Atlanta Falcons 21

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles past Atlanta Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton on a 7-yard touchdown run during the second half of a divisional playoff football game in Atlanta.

Rodgers' stats: 31 of 36, 366 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, one rushing TD, 136.8 rating.

Touchdowns: Nelson, Kuhn (one rush, one pass), Jones, Tramon Williams (INT return), Rodgers (rush).

Another star: Tramon Williams, intercepting two passes and returning one 70 yards for a score on the last play of the first half. 

One of two No. 1 seeds that the Packers have eliminated in Rodgers' tenure, and it marks one of the most unforgettable showings of Rodgers' career. 

2010 NFC Championship: Packers 21, Chicago Bears 14

Green Bay defensive tackle B.J. Raji cruises into the end zone with a fourth-quarter interception in the Packers’ 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship game.

Rodgers' stats: 17 of 30, 244 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, one rushing TD, 55.4 rating.

Touchdowns: Rodgers (rush), Starks (rush), BJ Raji (INT return).

Another star: Raji, whose INT with 6:04 left in the game turned into an iconic touchdown and accounted for the winning points.

Played at chilly Soldier Field, Rodgers struggled (though he did make a huge tackle after throwing an interception to Brian Urlacher), yet the Packers won their biggest-ever battle with their chief rival. Star performances were numerous, like Sam Shields with two interceptions, Tim Masthay and Jarrett Bush with the punting plan to mitigate Devin Hester and Raji's greatest NFL moment.

2010 Super Bowl: Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25

Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers celebrate after the Packers' win over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

Rodgers' stats: 24 of 39, 304 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, 111.5 rating.

Touchdowns: Jordy Nelson, Nick Collins (INT return), Greg Jennings (2).

Another star: Nelson (9 catches, 140 yards, touchdown) had a breakout performance, but many players gave performances that will live forever, including Clay Matthews, Nick Collins, Jennings and Bush.

The moment that will, for now, stand as the top line item on Rodgers' career résumé in Green Bay. Rodgers hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and the Packers made a run from No. 6 seed to Super Bowl champions.

2011 Divisional Round: New York Giants 37, Packers 20

Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants makes a 37 yard touchdown catch with time running out in the second quarter with Green Bay's Charles Woodson defending during their NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 15, 2012, at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers' stats: 26 for 46, 264 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 78.5 rating.

Touchdowns: Kuhn, Donald Driver.

Another star: Hard to find. Seven different players caught three or more passes, Rodgers led the team with 66 yards rushing, and the defense surrendered 37 points at Lambeau.

From one of the best to one of the lowest moments in the Packers canon with Rodgers under center. The 15-1 and top-seeded Packers were stunned in the divisional round by a Giants team that went on to win the Super Bowl.  

2012 Wild Card: Packers 24, Minnesota Vikings 10

Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn celebrates after catching a pass to score a touchdown in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFC wild-card playoff game on Jan. 4, 2013, at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers' stats: 23 of 33, 274 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, 104.9 rating.

Touchdowns: DuJuan Harris (rush), Kuhn (one rush, one pass).

Another star: Clay Matthews (two sacks, three quarterback hits, one forced fumble and recovery).

The Packers played the Vikings one week after facing Minnesota in the regular-season finale, and a squad led by quarterback Joe Webb was no match.

2012 Divisional Round: San Francisco 49ers 45, Packers 31

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sprints 20 yards to the end zone to score against the Green Bay Packers in an NFC divisional playoff at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Kaepernick ran for an NFL record 181 yards in the 49ers' 45-31 win on Jan. 12, 2013.

Rodgers' stats: 26 of 39, 257 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 91.5 rating.

Touchdowns: Sam Shields (INT return), Harris (rush), Jones, Jennings.

Another star: Jones (four catches, 87 yards, touchdown).

Colin Kaepernick destroyed the Packers with 263 passing yards, 181 rushing yards and four all-purpose touchdowns. Green Bay needed a late touchdown to make it even as close as it was.

2013 Wild Card: San Francisco 49ers 23, Packers 20

San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson kicks the game-winning field goal to eliminate the Green Bay Packers, 23-20, in a NFC wild-card playoff game Jan. 5, 2014, at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers' stats: 17 of 26, 177 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, 97.8 rating.

Touchdowns: Nelson, Kuhn (rush).

Another star: Nelson (seven catches on eight targets, 62 yards, touchdown).

Kaepernick was again the problem (albeit not as egregiously as the year before), passing for 277 yards and rushing for 98. The Packers were playing as a home underdog, but Phil Dawson's 33-yarder as time expired ended the upset bid of a scrappy 8-7-1 team that didn't have Rodgers for a large chunk of the year.

2014 Divisional Round: Packers 26, Dallas Cowboys 21

In what was a controversial call, officials ruled Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant did not catch a pass late in the fourth quarter in a NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 11, 2015, at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers' stats: 24 of 35, 316 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, 125.4 rating.

Touchdowns: Andrew Quarless, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers.

Another star: Adams (seven catches, 117 yards, touchdown) and Randall Cobb (eight catches, 116 yards).

Did Dez catch it? Officials said no, allowing the Packers to escape with a narrow victory. A touchdown to Richard Rodgers with 9:10 to go proved to be the winning points.

2014 Conference Championship: Seattle Seahawks 28, Packers 22

Seattle Seahawks' Jon Ryan throws a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt during the second half of the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle.

Rodgers' stats: 19 of 34, 178 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 55.8 rating.

Touchdowns: Cobb.

Another star: Mason Crosby (five field goals, including two of 48 yards apiece — one of which tied the game with 19 seconds left).

An all-time Packers nightmare, when a 16-0 halftime lead dissolved under the weight of a Seattle fake-field-goal-turned-touchdown, an ill-fated Packers decision to take a knee after an interception, other defensive miscues and a Seahawks TD in overtime. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had two interceptions but also lost the ball on a crucial 2-point conversion. Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for the winning score that sent Seattle to the Super Bowl.

2015 Wild Card: Packers 35, Washington Football Team 18

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is congratulated by Washington's quarterback Kirk Cousins after an NFC wild-card round playoff game at FedEx Field. The Packers defeated Washington, 35-18.

Rodgers' stats: 21 of 36, 210 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 93.5 rating.

Touchdowns: Cobb, Adams, Starks (rush), Eddie Lacy (rush).

Another star: Mike Neal and Nick Perry (combined for 4.5 sacks, six quarterback hits, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble). Both recorded a fourth-down sack in the fourth quarter.

The Packers fell behind on the road, 11-0 (thanks in part to future Packer Preston Smith sacking Rodgers in the end zone for a safety), but Green Bay's bend-but-don't-break defense rose to the occasion in the second half, while the offense pulled away for the road win.

2015 Divisional Round: Arizona Cardinals 26, Packers 20

Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis catches a Hail Mary at the end of regulation of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Cardinals, forcing the game to overtime. Arizona would win 26-20 in overtime.

Rodgers stats: 24 of 44, 261 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 77.9 rating.

Touchdowns: Jeff Janis (two).

Another star: Janis (seven catches, 145 yards, two touchdowns, unforgettable Hail Mary grab at end of regulation).

Green Bay lost in overtime thanks to the magic of Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but just getting there was incredible after Rodgers delivered two long prayer passes to Jeff Janis, the latter for a Hail Mary touchdown as time expired.

2016 Wild Card: Packers 38, New York Giants 13

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb comes up with the ball for a Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half during an NFC wild-card playoff game against the New York Giants Jan. 8, 2016, at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers' stats: 25 of 40, 362 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, 125.2 rating.

Touchdowns: Adams, Cobb (three).

Another star: Cobb (five catches, 116 yards, three touchdowns) and Adams (eight catches, 125 yards, touchdown).

Including a Hail Mary heave caught by Cobb before halftime, the Packers made sure the 2011 season playoffs didn't repeat themselves at Lambeau Field. 

2016 Divisional Round: Packers 34, Dallas Cowboys 31

Jared Cook pulls down a first-down reception against Dallas Cowboys' Byron Jones at the end of the fourth quarter to set up the Packers' game-winning field goal to win their NFC divisional playoff game, 34-31, Jan. 15, 2017, at ATu0026T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Rodgers' stats: 28 of 43, 355 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 96.6 rating.

Touchdowns: Richard Rodgers, Ty Montgomery (two rush), Jared Cook.

Another star: Cook (six catches, 103 yards, touchdown), making one of the greatest catches in Packers lore.

Green Bay took down the top seed on Crosby's 51-yard field goal with no time on the clock, a situation helped by Rodgers' absurd sideline pass to Cook after the Cowboys tied the game with 35 seconds to play. Crosby also hit a 56-yarder with 1:33 to go and had to make the final field goal twice after the Cowboys called timeout.

2016 Conference Championship: Atlanta Falcons 44, Packers 21

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has little to say during the team's 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game on Jan. 22, 2017.

Rodgers' stats: 27 of 45, 287 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 91.6 rating

Touchdowns: Adams, Nelson, Cook.

Another star: Cook (seven catches, 78 yards, touchdown).

The Packers never stood a chance, falling behind at halftime, 34-0, and keeping Rodgers from repeating his magic in Atlanta during the Super Bowl run. Even still, the 2016 postseason finished as a major highlight for Rodgers, right up there with the 2010 postseason. It was the last time Mike McCarthy coached in a playoff game ... until this season with the Cowboys.

2019 Divisional Round: Packers 28, Seattle Seahawks 23

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams catches a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of an NFC divisional playoff football game Jan. 12, 2020.

Rodgers' stats: 16 of 27, 243 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 113.7 rating.

Touchdowns: Adams (two), Aaron Jones (two rush).

Another star: Adams (eight catches, 160 yards, two touchdowns).

Adams was a full-fledged star at this point and the Packers were able to chew fourth-quarter clock after the Seahawks pulled to within a score.

2019 Conference Championship: San Francisco 49ers 37, Packers 20

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert scores in front of Green Bay Packers free safety Darnell Savage during the first half of the NFC championship game in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers blew out the Packers, 37-20.

Rodgers' stats: 31 of 39, 326 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, 97.2 rating.

Touchdowns: Aaron Jones (two rush), Jace Sternberger.

Another star: Adams (nine catches, 138 yards).

As with the previous NFC title appearance, Green Bay was out of it early, with San Francisco taking a 27-0 lead at the break. The Packers have never beaten Rodgers' childhood rooting interest in three playoff tries. 

2020 Divisional Round: Packers 32, Los Angeles Rams 18

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams looks to go up field after a fourth-quarter catch during an NFC divisional round game Jan. 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers' stats: 23 for 36, 296 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, rushing TD, 108.1 rating.

Touchdowns: Adams, Aaron Rodgers (rush), Aaron Jones (rush), Allen Lazard.

Another star: Aaron Jones (14 carries, 99 yards, touchdown, 1 reception, 14 yards).

The Packers solved the Rams' tenacious defensive front before limited fans at Lambeau during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lazard caught four passes for 96 yards, including a back-breaking late score.

2020 NFC Championship: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Packers 26

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Scott Miller catches a 39-yard touchdown pass against Green Bay Packers’ Kevin King right before halftime of the NFC championship game Jan. 24, 2021, at Lambeau Field. The TD put the Buccaneers up 21-10.

Rodgers' stats: 33 of 48, 346 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 101.6 rating.

Touchdowns: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Robert Tonyan, Adams.

Another star: Valdes-Scantling (four catches, 115 yards, one touchdown)

For the fourth straight title-game appearance, the Packers came up short. A 39-yard touchdown on the last snap of the first half proved pivotal for the Bucs, who drained the final 2:05 of the clock after the controversial decision to let Crosby kick a 26-yard field goal.  

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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