By Adam Roberts – 12/7/2020
While record setting is nothing new to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, he still says he enjoys getting to create those special moments. And he is now the fastest quarterback to get to 400 career touchdown passes, doing it in his 193rd regular season game, 12 fewer than the Saints’ Drew Brees, who held the previous record. Rodgers finished with 295 yards, three touchdown tosses, and no picks in a 30-16 win over the Eagles that was only as close as it was due to two big plays late for Philly. One was a special teams gaff by Green Bay on a punt where J.K. Scott was once again exposed as being unable to make a downfield tackle (I say this as a big, and rare, J.K. fan), and the other was on a 4th and 18 where backup Jalen Hurts completed a dart to the back corner of the end zone.
Rodgers’ big target was once again Davante Adams, who he connected with 10 times for 121 yards and two scores. And in perfect fashion for the duo, Adams made sure that Rodgers would have his 400th touchdown ball, after the 100th, 200th, and 300th balls have been lost to time.
While the defense was once again iffy in the fourth quarter, up to the 7:52 mark of that frame the Packers were all over Hurts and starter Carson Wentz. They got to the quarterback from start to finish with 7 total sacks to go with a Darnell Savage pick to seal the game. Za’Darius Smith said after the game they were given a go-ahead from defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to go in guns a-blazin’ on the beleaguered Wentz, who’s starting status might be gone after a woeful 79 yard, 57.4 QB rating performance.
Green Bay next faces 5-7 Detroit at Ford Field next Sunday, who themselves may have sunken the Bears’ ship yesterday with a late 34-30 win in Chicago.