Aaron Rodgers' Historic Performance Leads Packers to Huge Win over Redskins
And the assault on Y.A. Tittle's spot in the NFL record books continues.
A week after Peyton Manning joined the former New York Giant quarterback as just the sixth member in the seven-touchdown club, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers decided to remind the world that he is, indeed, the league's premier gunslinger.
Rodgers sliced and diced the Washington Redskins with complete ease on Sunday, completing 34 of his 42 throws for 480 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions en route to a clinical 38-20 win.
ESPN Stats & Info noted that it was the first stat line of its kind since—you guessed it—Tittle:
Aaron Rodgers: first player with 480 yards passing, at least 4 TD, 0 Int in game since Y.A. Tittle, 1962 Giants— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2013
It's worth noting that the Washington Redskins defenders have looked like a bunch of blindfolded kindergartners through the season's first two weeks, but as long as there are 11 players on the opposite side of the ball, putting up numbers like Rodgers did is downright extraordinary.
There's a reason that—despite the NFL transforming into a passer's league and quarterback depth seemingly growing stronger ever year—no one has put together a game like this in over 50 years.
What's scary is that Rodgers could have easily broken plenty of more records if the game hadn't gotten out of hand.
The Packers' Instagram feed gives us a look at his video-game numbers from the first two quarters:
So, yeah, he was on pace for 670 yards and six touchdowns—and if the Redskins weren't kicked out of the stadium faster than Jazz gets kicked out of the Banks' house, those numbers would have undoubtedly been attainable.
But, hey, 480 isn't too shabby, either. FOX Sports' NFL Twitter feed helped put some perspective on the number:
Aaron Rodgers throws for 480 yards. Of ALL the morning games, only the Chargers & Eagles had more TOTAL net yards. #Machine— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLONFOX) September 15, 2013
There are suddenly a lot of insanely talented quarterbacks in the league, but it's performances like this that remind you why it would be smart to take Rodgers on your team before every single one of them.
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Again, the lack of opposition doesn't matter. Rodgers, despite being hurried in the pocket, was putting each and every throw exactly where he wanted. It was a pure clinic, and when he plays like he did on Sunday, there is no defense capable of slowing him down.
Not too terrible for a day's—well, about three-quarters of a day's—work.
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