LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lit up the four-man rush in two playoff outings by connecting on 33-of-38 pass attempts for five touchdowns, in addition to a scramble for a touchdown, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“They’re outstanding up front,” said Packers center Scott Wells. “[Bears defensive tackle] Anthony Adams is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league. He’s always around the pile, does an excellent job playing with low pads, creating penetration, getting penetration. He's one player I have to be familiar with, because he lines up over the center most of the time. The other guy, [defensive end Israel] Idonije, does an excellent job on that side. He kind of gets overlooked because of [Julius] Peppers and what he brings to that package. Outstanding defensive line; well coached. Tommie Harris is playing well here towards the end of the season. They do a great job holding their gaps and playing their scheme.”
Rodgers has a five-to-zero touchdown-to-interception ratio against the standard four-man rush in the playoffs. The Eagles rushed four on 56.7 percent of Rodgers’ dropbacks in the wild-card round with the quarterback completing 81.3 percent of his passes for a passer rating of 140.6. The Falcons brought the four-man rush on 62.5 percent of Rodgers’ throws, and the quarterback completed 90.9 percent for 12 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 147.0.
Rodgers hasn’t enjoyed such success against the Bears, which rarely deviate from the four-man rush. In two regular-season meetings against the Bears, Rodgers has registered passer ratings of 92.5 and 89.7, while throwing for just two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “He can do all the things you want a good quarterback to do, whether it’s running the ball, making all the throws. We know quite a bit about Aaron Rodgers. We know all of their guys and they know us.”
Perhaps it’s that familiarity that’s allowed the Bears to be so successful recently against Rodgers.