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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rodgers added touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley in the second quarter. The Packers led 24-0 at the half, and Rodgers already had 335 yards passing.
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.
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.
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.
Pierre Garcon finished with eight catches for 143 yards against a Packers defense playing again without injured safety Morgan Burnett. Alfred Morris had 13 carries for 107 yards for Washington.
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