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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Pack stays perfect as Rodgers throws 4 TD



Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireAaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns Monday in the Packers blowout of the Vikings
Aaron Rodgers continued his MVP-caliber season by tying a career high with four touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers improved to 9-0 with a 45-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at Lambeau Field had plenty of reasons to cheer as the Packers won their 11th straight regular season game at home -- tying a franchise record.

Rodgers extended a personal streak as well, as he has thrown a touchdown pass in 26 straight regular season home games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that passed Brett Favre’s streak of 25 games between 1992 and 1996 for the Lambeau Field record.

Rodgers has also thrown at least two touchdown passes in nine straight games to start the season, becoming only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to do it.

Rodgers let his receivers do a lot of the work, with three of his four touchdown passes traveling five yards or fewer.

The Packers started scoring before Rodgers even touched the football.

Rookie Randall Cobb returned a punt for a touchdown, becoming the first Packers rookie to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in a season.

Green Bay’s 45 points Monday gave them 320 on the season. It is the fourth most a team has scored in its first nine games since the NFL merger in 1970.

Defensively, the Packers heavily pressured Christian Ponder, blitzing from the secondary on 19 of 39 dropbacks. Ponder struggled against the blitz, completing just five of 17 passes for 52 yards.

Adrian Peterson scored the lone touchdown for the Vikings and is tied with LeSean McCoy for the most rushing touchdowns this season (10). Peterson now has 62 career rushing touchdowns.

The only players with more in their first five seasons are LaDainian Tomlinson (72) and Emmitt Smith (71).