Aaron Rodgers Has Career Day as Packers March Towards a Playoff Birth

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIDecember 27, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is chased out of the pocket against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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No one doubted Aaron Rodgers' ability coming into this come.  However, many thought that the Packers would scale back the playbook for Rodgers this week who is coming off his 2nd concussion of the season.  From the start that wasn't the case.  The Packers struck quickly as Rodgers hit WR Jordy Nelson in stride for an 80 yard TD.

Rodgers' "best" play of the day may have been when he wisely ran out of bounds after a nice 15 yard gain.  A 3rd concussion would land him on IR with seemingly the rest of the Green Bay Packers team.

Aaron Rodger finished the day with a career high 404 passing yards and 4 TDs.  This effort helped the Packers get into a great situation for the the end of the season.  After beating the Giants 45-17, they now need to beat the Bears at home and they are in the playoffs for the 2nd straight season.  Oddly enough, they could face the Bears again in round 1 of the playoffs which would mean they would play them 2 weeks in a row.  The Packers had that same scenario last season against the Arizona Cardinals.

Rodgers now has a 101.9 QB Rating for the season, which is 4th best behind only Tom Brady (109.8), Philip Rivers (103.9), and Michael Vick (103.6).

Despite losing seemingly half the team to injuries, the Packers control their own destiny for the Playoffs.  I think this says a lot about not only the depth of this team, but also the leadership of this team to not pack it in when they could have easily and no one would blame them.