Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are too of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, ones that have been compared and contrasted for the last decade. Brady, a six-time Super Bowl Champion, is the most accomplished quarterback in NFL history. Rodgers - who, like Brady, is a two-time NFL MVP - is arguably the most talented player to ever play the position.
But for as much as the two have been compared against each other, they've only met three times, with Brady taking two of the three matchups. Sunday afternoon, the two future Hall of Famers will meet for the fourth time, with Rodgers looking to even the all-time series.
Sunday's 4:25 ET matchup will mark the first time that Rodgers has faced off against Brady as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meaning the two are now going head-to-head for playoff positioning in the NFC. Rodgers' Packers are 4-0, coming off of their bye week. Brady and the Buccaneers had a mini bye week, as they played on Thursday Night Football in Week 5.
After three consecutive victories, the Buccaneers turned in a frustrating effort in Week 5, losing 20-19 to the Chicago Bears in primetime. Most notably, Brady seemingly forgot what down it was in the fourth quarter, spawning quite a few memes on social media.
Ahead of the game, Packers' star running back Jamaal Williams was asked which quarterback he'd rather have: Brady or Rodgers, and cited the memes.
"Come on, man. I'm pretty sure my quarterback knows what fourth down is," Williams joked on Game On Wisconsin. "Aaron Rodgers would never do that. Never. He's too smart for that...we'd never be in that type of situation because A-Rod is always prepared...always looking at the clock...we've got too many people that are just too ready to go. We've been in those type of pressure situations before, and I feel like it's just natural for us to be on top of everything and go ball. I would never expect that from my boy 12, ever."
This is one of the cases where simply reading the headline won't do you justice. Williams was not malicious in his comments - they were made in a pretty light-hearted tone. That said, Brady is in his 21st NFL season and still seems to be motivated by the fact that he fell to the sixth round in the 2000 NFL Draft. It stands to reason that he may view these comments, especially without the full context, as bulletin board material.
Of course, Brady leaned into the meme himself earlier this week, using it to congratulate LeBron James on winning his fourth NBA title:
Even without these comments, Brady and company had to be motivated to begin to hit their full stride if they want to win an NFC South that has two other teams - the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers - who enter Week 6 at 3-2. To avoid falling back to .500, they'll have to upset the Packers, who checked in at No. 4 on our latest RADIO.COM Sports NFL Power Rankings.