Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws, runs into record books
By Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Press-Gazette
~There have been and surely will be more meaningful games than this one in Aaron Rodgers’ NFL career.
In terms of importance, a Week 4 regular-season game against a rebuilding AFC team won’t rate too high.
Yet no matter how many playoff games Rodgers plays in and no matter if he wins another Super Bowl MVP, the Green Bay Packers quarterback might be hard pressed to put together a more complete and dominating performance than he had Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field.
Four touchdowns passing, two touchdowns running and 400-plus yards through the air. No NFL quarterback in history had ever pulled off that trifecta, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
In a 49-23 dismantling of the Broncos, the Packers quarterback put together a game that won’t soon be forgotten.
“I can’t remember all the great games, but doggone that was pretty,” Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie said. “Touchdown passes. Touchdown runs. Doggone.”
Missing their best cover cornerback, 13-year veteran Champ Bailey, the Broncos tried to make sure Packers tight end Jermichael Finley didn’t have another three-touchdown game like he did the previous week at Chicago, so they rolled coverage his way. Rodgers easily recognized it, and got every one of his receivers involved. He found Greg Jennings single covered — and once even uncovered — in the seam. He hit James Jones in the post and Donald Driver across the middle. He went deep down the field to Jordy Nelson and even got rookie Randall Cobb involved late in the game.
The result was a 29-for-38, 408-yard passing day — a regular-season career high for passing yardage and the third highest single-game total in franchise history.
“Numbers can be misleading at times, as far as your comfort and feel,” Rodgers said. “I felt like the ball was coming off pretty good today. I didn’t feel like my feel in the pocket was maybe where it had been in some other games or late in the season last year at times. But it was one of those days where they made coverage mistakes and a couple of drops in coverage, and we made them pay for it.”
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