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Packers quarterbacks who compiled single-season passer ratings of 100 or more points.
Rate Quarterback Year
122.5 Aaron Rodgers 2011
108.0 Aaron Rodgers 2012
105.0 Bart Starr 1966
104.3 Bart Starr 1968
103.2 Aaron Rodgers 2009
101.2 Aaron Rodgers 2010
Aaron Rodgers reined in Steve Young Sunday.
He could not do the same with the Minnesota Vikings.
Rodgers twice led fourth-quarter drives that pulled Green Bay even, but the Packers quarterback ran out of chances after Blair Walsh’s 29-yard field as time expired sent the Vikings into the postseason with a 37-34 win.
As a result, Green Bay and Minnesota will play next weekend at Lambeau Field in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
While Adrian Peterson came up short in his quest to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, Rodgers capped his fifth season as a starter by claiming a share of a different NFL best: most consecutive seasons with a passer rating of 100 or better. The only other player with four in a row is Young who did it from 1991-94.
Rodgers’ line against the Vikings was nearly his best of the season. He completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns for a passer rating of 131.8.
Only his six-touchdown performance against the Texans (133.8) and season-best 81 percent completion effort against the Rams the following week (132.2) were better.
Rodgers struggled early in the Metrodome. Green Bay went three-and-out on its first two possessions and the team was forced to punt after gaining just one first down on its third drive.
Prior to throwing his first touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, Rodgers was merely 6-of-13 for 44 yards and a rating of 54.6. Counting his 3-yard scoring toss to a wide open Jennings, Rodgers finished 22-of-27 for 323 yards and a rating of 156.1.
A slow start is just how 2012 unfolded for the highest rated quarterback in NFL history. After three weeks, Rodgers owned a rating of 87.0 and Green Bay was 1-2. After that, he compiled a rating of 113.5 and the Packers went 10-3.
In uncorking a 3-or-more TD pass, zero-interception game for the 20th time (regular season), Rodgers pushed his season passer rating to 108.0. It’s the 14th highest single-season rating of all time and the second best in Packers history behind his NFL record 122.5 of 2011.
Rodgers will likely be the NFL’s leading passer for a second year in a row. The only other Packer to lead the league in consecutive seasons was Cecil Isbell who did so in 1941 and 1942.
Rodgers on the run
Though he did a lot of sliding in the pocket against the Vikings, Rodgers didn’t have a single rush. Even so, the nimble quarterback emerged as the Packers’ leader in first downs rushing this season in part because the only other player to have a shot at the title, Alex Green, did not play.
Rodgers became the first quarterback to lead the team in rushing first downs since Tobin Rote in 1956. Rodgers’ total of 20 was three better than Green and the fewest to lead Green Bay since Michael Haddix had 16 in 1990.
Rodgers has been a scrambler since his first start in 2008. In leading the Packers past the Vikings 24-19 in that season opener, he led the team with four rushing first downs.
In 78 regular-season starts, he has rushed for at least one first down 59 times. He’s been the team leader or tied for the lead 23 times.
Rodgers earned his first first downs rushing in attempting to rally the Packers past the Cowboys in 2007. The three he produced that season all came in Dallas.
Since, he has had 21, 25, 22, 18 and 20. That’s 109 for his career, more than any Green Bay quarterback except Brett Favre (147) and Rote (150 at least).
Arnie Herber (1932, 1934, 1936) and Bart Starr (1962, 1964, 1966) each led the league in passing three times, but never consecutively.