1:00 PM ET, September 15, 2013
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Aaron Rodgers throws for 480 yards, 4 TDs as Packers rout Redskins
Rodgers was 34 for 42 for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns, receiver James Jones had a career-best 178 yards and James Starks ran for 132 yards and a score in a 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
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According to the Packers, it was the first time in NFL history that any team had a 450-yard passer and a 125-yard rusher in the same game.
"We were able to catch the ball well, had yards after the catch and we were able to run the ball better than we have in a long time," Rodgers said.
Rodgers' 480 yards passing tied a franchise record set by former teammate Matt Flynn on Jan. 1, 2012, against the Lions.
Sunday was also the first time that the Packers had a 400-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.
Rodgers had his big game after waking up with a stiff neck.
"I was hurting pretty bad. I wasn't feeling great pregame," Rodgers said.
What he termed as an "adjustment" from a trainer once he got to the stadium made him feel better.
"Once the adrenaline started going, I just kind got into a rhythm," he said.
Especially in the first half.
Only As Good As His Backup
Aaron Rodgers' big day against the Redskins was only good enough to tie his former backup, Matt Flynn, for the most passing yards by a Packers QB in a game.
|Aaron Rodgers, 2013||480|
|Matt Flynn, 2011||480|
|Lynn Dickey, 1980||418|
|Don Horn, 1969||410|
The Packers started sluggish, allowing three sacks of Rodgers in the first 9 minutes, then responded with touchdowns on three straight drives.
The defense held Robert Griffin III in check in the first half, and Green Bay rolled to a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Green Bay (1-1) bounced back after a season-opening loss at San Francisco.
The Redskins (0-2) will need to regroup again after getting off to a slow start for a second straight week.
Last week, the Redskins fell behind 26-7 at halftime before rallying in the second half in a 33-27 loss to the Eagles.
"We can't really put our finger on what it is, and that's the real frustrating part," Griffin said.
He finished 26 for 40 for 320 yards and three touchdowns, but most of that came in the second half with the Packers ahead by three scores.
"I thought we almost had to play error-free football, play one of our better games," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, "and probably did just the opposite in the first half."
Randall Cobb added nine catches for 128 yards and a 35-yard touchdown on a crossing route for a 10-0 lead on a fourth-and-3 play in the first quarter.
A Starks Contrast
Thanks to James Starks' 132-yard performance, the Packers ended their streak of 44 straight games without a 100-yard rusher, which was the third longest in the past 25 years.
|Years of Streak||Games of Streak|
Rodgers credited his receivers for gaining lots of ground after catches against the Redskins secondary.
But coach Mike McCarthy knows what Rodgers means to the offense, too.
"You know, he spoils me. He makes it look easy," McCarthy said.
"No doubt, Aaron is a special football player. He's at the point of his career where he is about making other people better, pulling everybody up."
Such as the time when he scrambled to his right while being chased by Brian Orapko. Rodgers waited just long enough to find Finley for a 3-yard touchdown pass.
Not that he watched it. Just at the moment Rodgers released, Orapko took him to the ground on a clean hit.
Just as the fans in the stands erupted with delight, Rodgers, on his back, pumped his fist in the air.
Griffin, in the second game of his much-anticipated return from right knee surgery, looked OK but didn't resemble the quarterback who confounded defenses last year.
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The Packers' defense threw a couple of different wrinkles, including a sack on a blitz by reserve cornerback Davon House. Mike Neal intercepted Griffin after receiver Josh Morgan lost his grip on the ball after being hit by Clay Matthews.
Griffin's most memorable play of the first half might have been when his helmet flew off while being tackled by linebackers Matthews and A.J. Hawk.
"We'll be better moving forward," Griffin said. "We'll figure this out."
Packers RB Eddie Lacy left the game early in the first quarter with a concussion after getting hit by Redskins S Brandon Meriweather, who also departed in the second quarter after suffering a concussion. Both players were hurt on apparent helmet-to-helmet hits ... Redskins K Kai Forbath missed the game with a sore groin. He was replaced by John Potter, who was signed Saturday. Potter made two extra-point attempts and went wide right on a 50-yard attempt ... The Packers extended their franchise-record streak to 17 straight homes with at least 22 points scored.
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands after scoring a...(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.3||8.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||3-6|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||8:05||Mason Crosby 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds, 6:58
|TD||2:34||Randall Cobb 35 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 42 yds, 0:41
|TD||11:44||Jordy Nelson 14 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yds, 3:13
|TD||7:13||Jermichael Finley 3 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 90 yds, 2:57
|TD||8:20||Jordy Nelson 15 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 60 yds, 1:53
|TD||4:18||Pierre Garcon 6 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (John Potter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 83 yds, 4:01
|TD||2:48||James Starks 32 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:34
|TD||11:08||Jordan Reed 3 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (John Potter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:39
|TD||7:40||Santana Moss 9 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Robert Griffin Pass to Jordan Reed For Two-Point Conversion is N)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 45 yds, 1:34
The Packers gained 283 yards after the catch Sunday, the most by any team in the last six seasons. Both James Jones (90 YAC) and Randall Cobb (78 YAC) set career-highs after the catch. The 8.3 average YAC per reception for the Packers Sunday was the best for any team with 30 receptions in a game in the last six seasons.
Robert Griffin III had a Total QBR of 43.0 against the Packers, including 5.3 in the 1st half as the Packers built a 24-0 lead. Griffin has done most of his damage late in garbage time this season, as the Redskins haven't entered the 4th quarter this season with a win probability above 2%.[+]
Robert Griffin III Total QBR by Quarter, This Season
The Redskins' defense sent added pressure after Aaron Rodgers on only 7-of-34 dropbacks (21%) in the first half, one week after the 49ers held Rodgers to 1-6 for 3 yards and an interception using added pressure. Rodgers took advantage of Washington's standard pass rush, completing 23-of-25 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns against four or fewer rushers in the first half and helping the Packers jump out to a 24-0 halftime lead.
The Redskins allowed 1,023 yards over their first two games, two shy of the most by any team in NFL history.[+]
Most Yards Allowed Through 2 Games - NFL History
James Jones set career highs with 11 catches on 12 targets for 178 yards on Sunday. Jones caught six passes that went for first downs, and had caught more than six passes in a game only three times in his career.
The Redskins used the zone-read three times in Week 2, with Alfred Morris gaining 14 yards on those plays. The Redskins have used zone-reads only five times this season (20 yards) after using them more than all but one team last season (Panthers).
Aaron Rodgers had an 80.9 Total QBR against the Redskins, he had a 98.0 QBR when the score differential was greater than 17, compared to a 65.0 Total QBR when the game was within 16 points. He was sacked 4 times, including back-to-back plays in goal-to-go situations in a 0-0 game, and once on 3rd down.
Robert Griffin III has faced at least five pass rushers twice as often as last season and has struggled to adjust. Griffin went 1-for-5 against such pressure in the first half against the Packers Sunday, all on third down.[+]
Robert Griffin III Facing 5+ Pass Rushers, Last 2 Seasons
Slow starts are hurting Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Washington has been outscored by a league-worst 43 points in the first half. RG III hasn't helped ... his total QBR in the first half is 1.9 compared to 75.9 in the second half.[+]
THIRTY-MINUTE MEN - REDSKINS OFFENSE THIS SEASON
The Redskins are the fourth team since the merger to be outscored by 43 points in the 1st half of their first 2 games of a season.[+]
Worst Combined Halftime Deficit in 1st 2 Games, Since Merger
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