Tom Brady of New England Patriots, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers

Tom Brady of New England Patriots, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers

Tom Brady of New England Patriots, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers

But Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have just one previous matchup heading into their game on Sunday night. He has, after all, won five titles, which is more than any other signal-caller has been able to accomplish (even though Joe Montana was 4-0 in Super Bowls).

While Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady - and their respective teams - battled out a close game through three quarters, the Packers unraveled in the fourth.

The two will meet for just the second time in their careers, when the Packers (3-3-1) and Patriots (6-2) square off Sunday night.

I'll say what some seem unwilling to: Mike McCarthy is on life support as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

"I love watching him play", Brady said of Rodgers.

Until this game, the Packers have had Aaron Rodgers and very few injuries. "(Being) 7-2 is a long way from 1-2 where we were. Heck, but then maybe Le'Veon Bell will actually be playing. Brady looked flustered at this point, misfiring on a play he usually makes in his sleep. He's a great quarterback. The defense played - to limit that offense like they did to 17 points is pretty spectacular.

Brady entered Sunday night needing just three yards to hit the ever-elusive 1,000-yard rushing mark, and after a two-yard gain on a QB sneak on the opening drive, all he would need for the rest of the night was just three more feet to hit four digits.

That sets the stage for a compelling matchup between perhaps the game's two best quarterbacks in front of a national TV audience. "We're hurting ourselves with negative yardage plays and missed throws and turnovers at the wrong time, not being on the same page too many times", Rodgers said.

Starting with Brady - the California kid who was drafted 199 of the 2000 National Football League draft.

Brady then made his own statement, throwing a 55-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon on the next series.

Sam Darnold faces the Dolphins for the second time, looking for a much better outing than the one he had in Week 2 when NY lost 20-12.

This also begins a three-game stretch in which NY takes on AFC East opponents.

Locally, the NBC broadcast generated a 37.9 household rating and 59 market share in the Boston market, which is the Patriots' best local rating of the 2018 season. Last week, it looked like the Packers were going to end the Los Angeles Rams' undefeated season, until running back Ty Montgomery fumbled a kickoff, giving the Rams the ball and basically ending the game.

The Vikings wide receiver is tied with former Lions star Calvin Johnson (2012) with eight straight games of 100 or more yards receiving, the longest streak in National Football League history.

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