ARLINGTON, Texas --- Absolutely no need to bring up Ol' What's His Name ever again. Aaron Rodgers is a Super Bowl championship quarterback in his own right.
And the game's MVP, too, an honor Brett Favre, his Green Bay Packers predecessor, never earned.
With precise passes and cool under pressure, Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday night to lead the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers for Green Bay's first NFL title since Favre's in the January 1997 Super Bowl.
Rodgers is 27 years old, just as Favre was then. And after biding his time as a backup until the Packers split with Favre, Rodgers has quickly taken over. This was his third full season as a starting QB, and he was particularly good throughout the playoffs, leading the No. 6 seed Packers to a championship.
Don't forget, Rodgers' strong performance came against Pittsburgh's vaunted defense. The Steelers limited opponents to an NFL-low 14.5 points per game this season, but the Packers topped that by the second quarter.
Rodgers was hardly perfect all game. But perhaps he could be forgiven if he was experiencing some jitters at the start. After all, the guy played in only one playoff game in his career before this season.
And so Rodgers began the game by overthrowing receivers and generally being off-kilter, completing only one of his first five passes. Then he righted himself and showed precisely why the Packers drafted him in the first round in 2005 and set upon on a course to let Favre leave so they could count on the kid.