Putting Aaron Rodgers’ Sunday Night into Perspective
Aaron Rodgers tied a Green Bay Packers record with six touchdown passes against the Houston Texans last Sunday.
Who did he tie? His former backup, Matt Flynn, who chucked six against the Detroit Lions on Jan. 1, 2012 in a game that was meaningless to the Packers.
Only eight times in the Packers long history has a player thrown five touchdowns in a game. Only five players accomplished that.
Cecil Isbell was the first Packer to have a five-touchdown game on Nov. 1, 1942 against Chicago. The most unlikely member of the five touchdown club is Don Horn, who fired five on Dec. 21, 1969 versus St. Louis.
Lynn Dickey accomplished the feat twice — Dec. 13, 1981 against New Orleans and Sept. 4, 1983 against his former team, the Houston Oilers.
Brett Favre, as you might expect, leads the Packers in five-touchdown games with three. They happened on Nov. 12, 1995 (Chicago), Sept. 21, 1997 (Minnesota), and Sept. 27, 1998 (Carolina).
The final man on the list is Rodgers, who threw five against Chicago on Christmas in 2011.
Another interesting nugget about Rodgers’ performance on Sunday — 338 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions — is that he’s one of only three players in NFL history to throw for at least 330 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in a game.
The others are Tom Brady and Y.A. Tittle.