GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- In his first season as a starter, Aaron Rodgers showed that he has the toughness and talent to play quarterback in the NFL.
Now he's proving he's a winner.
Statistically, Rodgers was impressive last season, but his accomplishments were tainted by the team's 6-10 record. And while Rodgers got off to another strong statistical start this season, the Packers didn't, sputtering to 4-4 early on.
Since then, Green Bay has won five straight games to take control of the NFC wild card race, and Rodgers appears worthy of consideration as one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks.
Going into Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Rodgers "clearly" has established himself as the team's franchise quarterback.
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