All values are from NFL Combine , except short shuttle from Pro Day  Before the draft, Rodgers was confident that he would be drafted to the team he supported and grew up near,  the San Francisco 49ers, who possessed the No. The 49ers, however, drafted quarterback Alex Smith out of Utah instead, and Rodgers slid all the way down to the 24th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers has said that he experienced much angst and restlessness when waiting to be selected several hours into the draft, as he had expected himself to be selected much sooner. Many teams drafting between the second and 23rd positions had positional needs more pressing than quarterback. In his first NFL game, Rodgers completed two out of seven passes and was sacked twice. He continued to struggle through the preseason, before ending the preseason by converting two third downs and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Ben Steele against the Tennessee Titans.
He played against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter of a victory, and completed his first career pass to fullback Vonta Leach for 0 yards.
Rodgers said this was critical to his success, and that those were his game reps. He's got athletic ability that people still haven't seen. It was here that the friendship between Rodgers and Favre began to form as Rodgers instructed Favre which plays in the Sherman system corresponded to those in the new McCarthy system. Rodgers completed two out of three passes for 13 yards. With then quarterbacks' coach Tom Clements , Rodgers reviewed every play from the previous season, learning to read defensive coverages and to throw receivers open.
Transition to starter See also: Although Favre decided to return from retirement, he was traded to the New York Jets , which meant that Rodgers would become the starter. This marked the first time since that a quarterback other than Favre started a regular-season game for the Packers.
Rodgers ended the game with yards passing and two touchdowns one passing and one rushing. The streak was the third-longest in franchise history behind Bart Starr and Brett Favre The Packers were trailing at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Rodgers completed a fifty-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings with about a minute remaining in the game to contribute to the 21—15 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers led the Packers to five straight wins, in which he threw for a total of 1, yards, 9 touchdowns , and only 2 interceptions. His passing yards are the most by any quarterback in his first playoff game as well as his 4 touchdown passes and 5 total touchdowns. Kurt Warner shredded the Packers' second-ranked defense, completing 29 of 33 passes for yards, 5 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of Despite Rodgers's offensive efforts, the Packers lost the game when he fumbled on a controversial play in overtime.
The ball was returned by Karlos Dansby for the winning touchdown in the 51—45 Cardinals victory. It was the highest scoring playoff game in NFL history. The two overtime defeats brought Rodgers's record in overtime games to 0—5. Backup Matt Flynn was put into the game as Rodgers' replacement.
The Packers lost the game 7—3 to the Detroit Lions. Rodgers turned around the team's performance; they won their final two regular season games, one of them against the New York Giants , where Rodgers completed 25 of 37 passes for yards, with four touchdown passes, and with a passer rating of With a 10—6 record, the Packers entered the playoffs as a wildcard and the No. In the Wild Card round, they defeated the No.
Rodgers also set an NFL record by becoming the only quarterback to pass for ten touchdowns combined through three consecutive playoff games. On January 23, , Rodgers had a In the game, Rodgers completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for yards and three touchdowns in the win, and was named Super Bowl MVP for his performance.
I mean, could we have started any faster and scored more points tonight? In week four against the Denver Broncos, Rodgers became the only quarterback in NFL history to record over passing yards with four touchdown passes, while also rushing for two touchdowns in the same game. The Packers became the fifth team in NFL history to finish the regular season with a 15—1 record.
Rodgers played in 15 of the 16 games, with the only exception being Week 17 against the Detroit Lions, a game in which Rodgers was rested after the club clinched home-field advantage for the playoffs the previous week. The Packers' offense set franchise record for points scored in a season with , which as of is the third-most ever behind only the Patriots and Broncos. He recorded a passer rating of over Rodgers also won the league's MVP award, receiving 48 of the 50 votes the other two going to Drew Brees.
The Packers' receiving corps dropped six passes in the loss and Rodgers finished the game with passing yards, two touchdown passes, and an interception on his last pass attempt. Rodgers went 21 for 37 in completions, yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the 34—28 loss.
He also became the first quarterback since Y. Tittle in to throw for at least yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a game. The following week, Rodgers saw his NFL record of 41 consecutive games without throwing multiple interceptions come to an end in a loss to the Bengals by the score of 34— Against the Ravens, the Packers lost two receivers: Randall Cobb and James Jones.
Cobb was sidelined with a broken leg and Jones with a sprained PCL. Against the Browns, tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field with a bruised spinal cord, leaving Rodgers without three of his top four offensive weapons. The next week against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers completed 24 of 29 passes in a 44—31 victory. He fractured his left clavicle in the process, and the speculation for his return ranged from a few weeks to an indefinite timetable that became a weekly spectacle of whether or not or when he might be cleared to play again.
With Rodgers injured and unable to play, the Packers went winless over the next five weeks to fall to 5—6—1 on the season. Rodgers finished fifth in the league in passer rating Rodgers led the Packers to the playoffs again, this time with an 8—7—1 record and were up against the team that eliminated them last year in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers.
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