S1 Bonus 04: Will Tom Brady Take the Lambeau Leap?

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Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship Game. It just doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a match-up for the ages — and for the aged. Brady is trying to get to his 10th Super Bowl (!) in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As great as Aaron Rodgers has been this season, he’s only been to one Super Bowl. Who takes The Lambeau Leap to Super Bowl LV? Renowned sports broadcasters Al Michaels and Peter King stop by The GOAT to offer their perspective on the matchup.

FROM THE EPISODE:

Imagine this epic football scene Sunday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin: Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have just beaten Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game in the greatest playoff quarterback matchup in the 101 years of the NFL. Brady is so excited he attempts the Lambeau Leap right to Super Bowl 55. Degree of difficult: 10.0

If you remember Brady’s performance at the scouting combine 21 years ago, you know he’s got no shot to scale that wall. It’s 5-foot-11 in the end zone and 6-foot-2 in the corners. Don’t even ask about Brady’s vertical jump. And without fans to grab and pull him up, it might be more a challenge than actually beating Rodgers. Then again, there’s no way to measure adrenaline.

Brady is one victory away from playing football in another Super Bowl in his first year with the Bucs, a team that historically has been a bunch of misfits. The *losingest* team in sports history. Brady has single handedly changed the culture of perception of that team in just four months.

If things fall into place for Brady and the Bucs on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field., then:

  1. The Bucs become the first team in the 55-year history of the Super Bowl to play football on their home field.
  2. Brady, in his 14th conference championship game, makes it to his 10th Super Bowl.
  3. If he wins his 7th Super Bowl, it will give him three more victories than Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, who are second among quarterbacks. Brady has 32 playoff victories. Montana is second with 16. Aaron Rodgers, who many consider the most talented quarterback of all time, has 11 playoff victories, basically one third of Brady’s total.

Will Brady’s fairy tale season have a fairy tale finish? On this Bonus Episode of The GOAT: Tom Brady, I’m going to bring in Al Michaels, the best play-by-play man not only in NFL history, but simply the best play-by-play man ever. And you’ll hear from long-time journalist Peter King, who writes the must-read Football Morning In America column in his multi-platform role for NBC. This is going to a fun episode. Michaels and King are great storytellers. And this Sunday is going to be a fun game: a game for the ages and for the aged.

Brady and Rodgers are coming off elite regular seasons. Brady threw 40 touchdowns at the age of 43, the second most in his 21-year career. Rodgers is six years younger at 37 and his 48 TDs are the best in his 16-year career. Age will be just a number Sunday night. These guys are playing great.

Brady has been to nine Super Bowls, won six. He was 9-4 in AFC title games in New England. He is 33-11 in the playoffs and this is his ninth conference championship game in the last 10 years. The only years he missed was 2019, his final season in New England.

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