NFLN survey/Super Bowl QB: Bears

January, 29, 2014
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With two minutes remaining and the Super Bowl on the line, New England quarterback Tom Brady is the man you want under center, according to an NFL Nation survey of 320 players.

Brady ran away with 128 votes, while the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning received 86, followed by the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers at 32. The New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers rounded out the top five. Of the 10 Chicago Bears surveyed, six voted for Brady, two picked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, while two more selected Manning.

Interestingly, three of the Chicago Bears polled initially chose Rodgers, but changed their selection because of the rivalry against the Packers. One Bear said, "As good as he is, I just can’t bring myself to pick him." Rodgers and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford were the lone representatives from the NFC North to receive votes in the poll.

Those quarterbacks posted a 3-1 record against the Bears in 2013 (although Rodgers played briefly in the first Packers meeting against Chicago), and overall, Rodgers and Stafford are a combined 12-8 against the Bears with 33 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. In sweeping the Bears in 2013, Stafford completed 58.6 of his passes for four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Rodgers, meanwhile, completed 63.4 percent of his throws against Chicago for two scores and two picks, including the game-winning scoring strike to Randall Cobb that ended the Bears’ season.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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