Aaron Rodgers-Ndamukong Suh Rivalry History Adds Next Chapter in NFC Championship
The two remaining NFC teams in the NFL playoffs, the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will meet in the conference championship on Sunday. The contest will pit two prolific offenses against each other in what will likely be a shootout.
Adding to the intrigue is that Aaron Rodgers and Ndamukong Suh will square off against each other once again. The two were NFC North rivals for five seasons while Suh was with the Detroit Lions, playing in heated divisional games and even dusting up with each other.
Let's dive into the pair's history before Sunday's matchup.
Aaron Rodgers-Ndamukong Suh Rivalry History
One early moment from these two players' history together didn't directly involve them, but is still worth mentioning. In a 2011 Packers-Lions game, Suh stomped on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Although Rodgers wasn't the victim (this time), that's the kind of act that's not forgotten.
Then there's the time that Rodgers was on the receiving end of Suh's unnecessary roughness.
In Week 17 of the 2014 season, Suh blatantly stepped on Rodgers' ankle, first using his right foot and then again with his left. The clear foul earned Suh a suspension for the Lions' following game in the Wild Card Round.
Their rivalry was quiet for a few years as Suh bounced around the league -- until this season. Suh and Rodgers found themselves pitted against each other once again in Week 6, which ended with a 38-10 Bucs shellacking of the Packers.
It's no surprise that Suh and Rodgers found themselves jawing at each other multiple times over the course of the game.
This now sets up an especially intriguing matchup with a Super Bowl appearance on the line. It's fair to expect that these two competitors will at least have some words with each other on Sunday, which is sure to be great entertainment for fans.
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