Another Sunday, another milestone reached for Aaron Rodgers.
In just his 172nd career game, the Green Bay Packers quarterback threw his 350th career touchdown pass late in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders, surpassing Drew Brees as the fastest player to reach that milestone. Rodgers hit the mark on a relatively ho-hum 3-yard pass to Jimmy Graham to give the Packers a 35-17 lead.
It’s fitting that Rodgers hit the mark on a day that brought back memories of the playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons in 2011. He threw five touchdowns and ran for one more in a game he had compete control over. In fact, Rodgers finished with a perfect passer rating for the first time in his career, finishing the game with 25 completions on 31 attempts for 429 yards and those five scoring passes.
After adding one more score, Rodgers currently sits ninth on the all-time passing touchdowns list at 351, and with Eli Manning (362 touchdown passes) benched and Ben Roethlisberger (363) out for the year, Rodgers could very well move up into seventh place by the end of the 2019 season. If he plays into his forties like he has repeatedly said he desires to do, who knows how high he can climb? Brett Favre’s franchise record of 466 is definitely within reach should Rodgers maintain even a decent level of production over the next few seasons.
Given how Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense have gelled the past few weeks, does anyone really want to bet against number 12?
We didn’t think so.