Rodgers Comes Through in the Clutch

If I had been a betting man I would have put my money on Aaron Rodgers to deliver a great clutch performance on Sunday. Instead, when I went on NPR’s Weekend Edition, I hedged a bit. I talked about how Rodgers had led the Green Bay Packers through five, pressure-filled games, having to win all of them to get to the Super Bowl. The key in the big game was to stay focused not on that game but on each play, to never be distracted by the stakes of that game. Yet Ben Roethlisberger had the upper hand. He had been to the Super Bowl twice and won both times. I define clutch as the ability to do what you can do normally under pressure, and by that measure, the Super Bowl was as normal for Roethlisberger and the Steelers as any national championship could be. In the end, Rodgers and the Packers won because they were more focused and disciplined – they kept making the right plays. Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin said as much after the game. Have a listen to the NPR interview.

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