Rodgers does it again! And the 13-3 Cowboys will have to wait until next year.
The Dallas Cowboys will not win Super Bowl LI. They won’t even go to the NFC Championship Game. Not this year. Why? Because of Aaron Rodgers. That’s it and that’s all. Case closed. Rodgers basically beat Dallas all by himself, with an award for best supporting actor to Jared Cook.
Rodgers threw for 356 total yards, but none bigger than a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Cook down the sideline just after he had been sacked. Talk about being stagy and cagy. Then, field goal kicker Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win. In so doing, the suddenly resurgent Rodgers thwarted a huge Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday.
Cook, who led Green Bay with 104 yards receiving, kept both feet inbounds with a knee just above the ground out of bounds. And it came after the Cowboys tied the game TWICE in the final 5 minutes behind rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their playoff debut.
Dak Prescott has nothing to be ashamed of. And Ezekiel Elliot did the best he could. But Dallas started slow and spotted Rodgers an 18 point lead. Yes they finished strong but they also came up short. That’s it and that’s all.
So what can we learn?
Wisdom and prudence beats hubris and ego every time. Aaron Rodgers may be old and aging but he’s also senior and shrewd. Yes he’s elderly in football years, but he’s also wily and savvy. And the veteran QB outlasted and out-dueled his rookie counterpart Prescott on the opposite sideline in a playoff game for the ages.
Wisdom and the spirit of wisdom are more to be desired than gold, yea even much fine gold. The Bible says that wisdom is the principal thing. Remember that wisdom personified is Sofia, a delicate, dainty dame that is to be procured and protected. So get wisdom. Ask for her. Treasure her. She will never let you down.
And while Dak and Zeke are no dummies, I offer this scripture to emphasize how important wisdom is, and how dangerous it is to be stupid:
If you crush a stubborn fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, even then his stupidity will not leave him.
Proverbs 27:22, GOD’S WORD Translation