Sunday, October 24, 2010
Aaron Rodgers' first red-zone INT -- ever!
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- My ESPNMilwaukee.com cousin Jason Wilde just produced this note: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers just threw the first red-zone interception of his career.
That's right. Rodgers entered Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings having thrown 28 interceptions, but none of them had occurred when the Packers' line of scrimmage was inside the 20-yard line. Rodgers had thrown 173 consecutive passes inside the red zone without one, but he couldn't have made it easier for Vikings defensive end Jared Allen here in the first quarter.
Trying to set up a screen pass to Dimitri Nance on first down from the Vikings' 12-yard line, Rodgers double-clutched. Allen timed his jump perfectly with Rodgers' eventual release, intercepted it at the 18-yard line and returned it four yards to the 22-yard line.
It was Allen's third career interception, but overall, the scene was something you don't see every day.