GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) – The Packers offense did not return to form against the depleted Bears last night, they created a new form. With essentially no running backs, Mike McCarthy put the ball in Aaron Rodgers hands, and he delivered.
Rodgers set the franchise record with 39 completions, on 56 attempts- the 2nd most of his career. His 326 yards marked his first 300-yd game in 15 tries including the playoffs. “It means we threw it a lot” said Rodgers. “A lot of times records would like these are achieved in losses, when you are way behind and you have to battle back, so it’s nice. But it something you maybe look at down the road.”
“Anytime you can talk about records for the Green Bay Packers all time it’s unique and special” added McCarthy.
The Packers become just the 2nd team in NFL history, and the first since the 1994 Patriots, to have 3 receivers with at least 10 receptions in a game. Ty Montgomery, who was the de facto lead RB, caught 10 passes. Randall Cobb caught 11. And Davante Adams had career bests of 13 catches and 132 yards and 2 TD’s. Only Don Hutson (14) has had more catches in a game for the Packers than Adams, who was just cleared from the concussion protocol 6 and half hours before kickoff last night. Adams left last Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a concussion, but returned to have the best game of his career.
“It is always next man up with us, but obviously if 17 is out there we are a better football team” said Rodgers. “In a sense, a statement game, I’m ready to play and I feel good” said Adams. “Especially coming off getting hit last week, just to show my teammates more than anything, my teammates and my coaches; I’m not worried about anybody else.”
The Bears took a brief lead last night when Rodgers fumbled on the 3rd play of the 2nd half and it was recovered for a TD in the end zone. It was his 3rd lost fumble of the season, and the 4th returned for a score since Week 16 of last season. But from that point on, Rodgers was completed 20 of 24 passes for 176 yards and 3 TD’s. When I asked him after the game if that fumble provided a little extra fire, his answer was simply “Yes”. When asked to elaborate, he said “I don’t think I need to”
The numbers speak for themselves.