NFL power rankings: Where Jimmy Garoppolo, remaining playoff QBs rank in divisional round

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) Mandatory Credit: Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin /

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NFL Power Rankings No. 3: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

The Titans may have surprised some by securing the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture and getting a first-round postseason bye. But the same certainly can’t be said of the Green Bay Packers, who stormed their way to a 13-4 finish and had that top seed locked up by the time Week 18 rolled around.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be the 2021 NFL MVP, backing up the accolade he received a year ago but doing so amid all kinds of offseason controversy that now seems to be the proverbial “water under the bridge.”

Rodgers finished the season with a league-best 111.9 passer rating, also boasting the NFL’s best touchdown percentage at 7.0, which is quite the feat considering he missed his career-best mark of 48 touchdowns thrown a year ago by 11 this season.

So, why isn’t Rodgers ranked higher in this divisional-round edition of quarterback NFL power rankings?

There’s a lot to be taken into account for that, but few things stand out beyond the fact Rodgers has floundered in the playoffs before, last season against the Buccaneers in a game where he was not good, and in January of 2020, during the NFC Championship against the 49ers.

The next two quarterbacks simply edge Rodgers out in that X-factor.