For the second time this season, Aaron Rodgers became the fastest quarterback to reach a milestone.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports Rodgers became the fastest quarterback to reach 250 career touchdown passes when running back Eddie Lacy scored on a 25-yard screen pass in the first quarter of the Green Bay-Chicago Thanksgiving Day game. Tonight’s game marked Rogers 121st career game, which is seven games quicker than it Dan Marino to reach the mark. Peyton Manning did it in 132 games, while Tom Brady and Brett Favre both did it in 141 games.
However, the game went down hill for Rodgers after that touchdown as the Packers (7-4) fell to the Chicago Bears 17-13. Rodgers finished the game completing 22-of-42 passes for 202 yards to go along with a single touchdown pass and an interception.
Green Bay had two opportunities late in the game to take the lead, but Rodgers was picked off at the Bears 45-yard line by Tracy Porter. The interception was Rodgers fourth of the season.
Following a Chicago (5-6) punt, Rodgers engineered a 13-play, 72-yard drive, but the Packers couldn’t score. On third and goal from the eight, Rodgers pass to James Jones in the end zone was broken up by Porter. Then on his final pass of the game, Rodgers misfired on pass to Davante Adams.
Jay Cutler threw for 200 yards and one touchdown, perhaps more importantly he didn’t throw an interception. The victory is Cutler’s first ever at Lambeau Field.
What probably made Rodgers accomplishment even more satisfying for the 30-year old is that it came on the day former Packer teammate Brett Favre had his number retired.
Farve had some really kind words for Rodgers at a charity function on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I never was as good as him. I can throw it. I can throw it with anybody. But, man, everything looks so good when he’s at his best.”
“I mean that with all due respect. I mean, all of my good records will be broken and all my bad ones I’m going to keep. When I watch him, he’s good. … I don’t know what else to say.”
On October 18 against the San Diego Chargers, Rodgers reached 30,000 passing yards on his 3,625 pass attempt surpassing Johnny Unites, who accomplished the feat in 3, 695 passes.
In other news, the Carolina Panthers remained perfect (11-0) as they hammered the Dallas Cowboys (3-8) 33-14. Carolina picked off Tony Romo three times, returning two of those interceptions for touchdowns — Luke Kuechly, who intercepted two passes today returned his first 32-yards for a score while Coleman returned his interception 36 yards.
This is the first time in the Panthers, who have allowed just 45 rushing yards over the past two games, history that they have been 11-0. Romo left the game early after re-injuring his clavicle and is out for the rest of the season, according Ed Werder of ESPN.
The Detroit Lions (4-7) earned their third straight win by routing the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 as Matthew Stafford tossed five touchdown passes. Three of those touchdown passes went to Charles Johnson, who now has 11 touchdown receptions on Thanksgiving.
Stafford finished 27 of 38 for 337 yards. The Lions ran for 108 yards and tied a season-high with six sacks.
Philadelphia (4-7) has lost three in a row and gave up at least 45 points in two straight games in one season for the first time, according to STATS, and have lost by at least 28 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1971.
Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talks reports that the Seattle Seahawks will cornerback Jeremy Lane this week. Lane has not played since last year’s Super Bowl.
Johnny Manziel has been benched by the Cleveland Browns for lying to the organization about pictures that surfaced of him partying, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Josh McCown will start this week while Austin Davis moves up to No. 2 on the depth chart.
The New York Jets signed full back Julian Howsare to the practice squad and released wide receiver Titus Davis from the practice squad. In the meanwhile, the Seahawks signed DL A.J. Francis and LB Alex Singleton to their practice squad.
The Indianapolis Colts claimed Boom Herron off waivers from the Buffalo Bills. The Colts cut Zurlon Tipton to make room for Herron.
The New England Patriots placed wide receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve and called up safety Dewey McDonald to take his place.
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