BALTIMORE — All Matt LaFleur does is win division titles. In his three years as the Green Bay Packers coach, 3 times they’ve gained the NFC North.
All Aaron Rodgers does is throw landing passes. In his 14th season as the Packers’ starter, he tied Brett Favre’s franchise record of 442 landing passes.
And nearly everyone in inexperienced and gold left M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday with what they wished — a 31-30 victory over the Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens. The win was secured after the Ravens did not convert on a 2-point conversion that will have given them a 1-point lead with 45 seconds left.
It was the second time in three video games that Baltimore opted to go for the win over a tie with a 2-point conversion try and failed. The Ravens misplaced to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month after failing to transform when down one level with 12 seconds left.
The Packers (11-3) clinched the division title, giving them an automated playoff berth, and stayed on observe for the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs with three video games to go. And Rodgers matched the person he changed as Packers quarterback in 2008.
Greg Jennings caught Rodgers’ first landing 14 years in the past in Dallas, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught No. 442 as Rodgers tied Favre. Rodgers did it in 45 fewer video games as he set the mark in his 210th recreation (203rd as a starter), whereas Favre wanted 255 video games (and 253 begins) over 16 seasons. Rodgers is in his seventeenth season however didn’t develop into a starter till his fourth 12 months.
Rodgers has additionally thrown 193 fewer interceptions in his profession than Favre threw as a member of the Packers.
Rodgers entered the sport needing three landing passes to tie the record and 4 to interrupt it. He threw his first of the sport, No. 440 of his profession, on a 3-yard out to Davante Adams to tie the sport at 14-14 within the second quarter. It was additionally his sixty fifth profession landing to Adams, which tied Rodgers and Adams with Rodgers and Jordy Nelson for essentially the most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver duo in Packers historical past. The second one, No. 441, got here on the opening drive of the second quarter when he purchased time and looped a 9-yarder to Aaron Jones for a 21-14 lead.
The third one, the record-tying No. 442, was an 11-yarder to Valdes-Scantling with 12:54 left within the fourth quarter for a 28-17 lead. Rodgers almost had a fourth landing go for the outright record, however he and Allen Lazard simply missed on what would have been an 11-yarder halfway by means of the fourth quarter.
Now, Rodgers will get to attempt to break the mark at dwelling towards the Browns on Christmas Day.