The debate over which Packers quarterback was the greatest ever will last for generations. But one candidate’s touchdown record did not.
Aaron Rodgers tied Brett Favre in the Packers’ career touchdown record book with touchdown pass No. 442, an 11-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 31-30 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Valdes-Scantling lunged across the goal line for the final yard, beating Baltimore’s Robert Jackson in the process. The strike gave the Packers a 28-17 lead with 12:54 left in the game.
Favre and Rodgers are two of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to clear 400 touchdown passes.
Rodgers came into the game needing three touchdown passes to tie the mark. After AJ Dillon ran for the first score of the day, Rodgers found Davante Adams for a vintage 3-yard score on third down that tied the game with 1:11 to go before halftime. It was the 65th touchdown pass that Rodgers has thrown to Adams in their careers, tied with Jordy Nelson for the most to any one receiver.
The Packers took their first lead of the day midway through the third quarter when Rodgers found a wide-open Aaron Jones for a 9-yard touchdown that gave the Packers a 21-14 lead. It put Rodgers one touchdown behind Favre.
Favre, who set the all-time NFL touchdown record with his 421st scoring pass during the 2007 season in Green Bay, finished his NFL career with 508 total touchdown passes, a mark since surpassed by Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. He remains fourth on the all-time list, with Rodgers 66 behind in fifth place.
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