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Packers will rest Aaron Rodgers for NFL regular-season finale

January 1, 2012 |  9:42 am


With the NFC's top seeding already in hand, the Green Bay Packers plan to rest quarterback Aaron Rodgers against Detroit on Sunday. Matt Flynn is scheduled to start in his place.

That means Rodgers will set an NFL record without even taking a snap. Assuming he doesn't play Sunday, he will finish the regular season with a passer rating of 122.5, the highest in history. He has completed 343 of 502 passes for 4,643 yards with 45 touchdowns and six interceptions.

The record belongs to Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, who finished the 2004 season with a 121.1. That was the same season Manning broke Dan Marino's record with 49 touchdowns -- one more than the Miami star -- a mark that was later surpassed by New England's Tom Brady.

Manning played all 16 games in 2004.

Asked this week about the possibility of breaking the record, Rodgers put it in perspective.

"A second Super Bowl would be pretty important," he said. "I wasn't really aware of that until [it was mentioned] just now.

"It's been a good season for our offense, we've done a lot of good things. I've been proud of the way we've been consistent on offense. So, those numbers and stats and recognition kind of come with that."


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Photo: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, talks to a teammate before the game against the Lions on Sunday. Credit: Mike Roemer / Associated Press