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Aaron Rodgers returned to form with vintage display against the Seattle Seahawks

There has been no question as to whether Aaron Rodgers has been elite for much of the past decade. He has been the definition of a franchise quarterback, capable of elevating his offense regardless of the talent around him. He looked very much like that same player over the first eight weeks of the season as the Green Bay Packers raced out to a 7-1 start. Rodgers was a legitimate MVP candidate at that point, holding an 87.3 overall PFF grade that ranked fourth in the NFL among quarterbacks.

Questions did begin to surface as to whether he was still that elite quarterback over the second half of the season, though. From Week 9 through Week 17, Rodgers ranked just 19th among 32 qualifying signal-callers in PFF grade, and as a result, Green Bay's passing offense fell from fourth to 20th in expected points added per play. The Packers were in an unfamiliar position heading into their Divisional Round matchup with the Seattle Seahawks; Rodgers' eliteness was no longer a given, and there were no guarantees that he would be able to flip the switch come the postseason.

Flipping the switch is exactly what Rodgers did, though. He was the highest-graded quarterback of the weekend, delivering key plays and big-time throws for the Packers’ offense when it needed them most in a 28-23 victory. Most importantly, Rodgers delivered in the key areas of his game that have defined his play for years and had begun to slip over the back half of the 2019 season.

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