Aaron Rodgers gave credit where credit was due when he stepped to the podium after the Green Bay Packers’ 27-17 win over Seattle on Sunday night.
There was running back James Starks, who stepped up in Eddie Lacy’s absence. Tight end Richard Rodgers and rookie receiver Ty Montgomery responded in key moments. The offensive line gave its MVP quarterback the proper time to orchestrate a 10-play, 80-yard series to retake the lead in the fourth quarter.
Oh and then there was God.
“It’s being very confident in the preparation and getting a little help from God,” said the Packers quarterback when asked about the team’s success at home. “I think God was a Packer fan tonight. So He was taking care of us.”
It was interesting timing for Rodgers to choose Sunday night to pontificate on divine intervention potentially playing a role in the outcome of the NFC championship rematch.
In January, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told Sports Illustrated that he felt his four interceptions against Green Bay were meant to set the stage for the team’s comeback in a 28-22 overtime win, which then sent Seattle to its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Asked about God's stance on athletics, Rodgers said on his ESPN Wisconsin radio show a couple days later that he doesn’t believe He invests much time into professional football.
“I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome,” said Rodgers on Jan. 20. “He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”
So either Rodgers has radically changed his stance on the subject over the last eight months or executed a thinly veiled jab at Wilson with perfection.
The one thing that's certain is God felt no need to push the overtime button this time around.
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