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Was Rodgers close to perfection vs. Washington?

Sep. 20, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against Washington at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against Washington at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media

You might have thought by looking at Aaron Rodgers' numbers last weekend against Washington that the quarterback rating computer would have spit out a perfect score.

After all, he completed 34 of 42 passes (81 percent) for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 38-20 victory. And he didn't throw an interception.

But his passer rating fell short of perfection; it was 146.0, not the maximum 158.3.

So, what would it have taken to reach the maximum score?

One more touchdown and 45 more passing yards, according to the complicated formula.

James Jones could have taken care of the first criterion, but his fumble for a touchback while reaching for the pylon just before the end of the first half spoiled that.

The other -- 45 more yards -- likely would have needed a closer game to reach.

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