The Green Bay Packers completely destroyed the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
In fact, Green Bay were so good that it made the Bears literally historically bad as they became the first team in nearly one hundred years to concede 50 points or more in back to back matches.
But despite eventually putting 55 points on their long time rivals, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still wasn't happy.
The Packers decided to pull Rodgers early in the second half after he had scored six times in the opening 30 minutes, but Rodgers wanted to keep going to try and reach the single-game touchdown record of seven.
“Yeah, I knew what the record was,” Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee, via the Green Bay Press Gazette. “It would’ve been nice to get seven. We’re still playing. I know it’s 42-0 [at halftime], but it’s the NFL still. There’s talented guys who are getting paid on both sides. So we were still playing football there in the second half.”
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You can’t blame Rodgers for wanting to score more, two quarterbacks reached the seven touchdown mark in 2013 - Peyton Manning and Nick Foles - so you can hardly say he would be running up the score or just being unprofessional.
Respect for Chicago
Rodgers added that you owe it to the game to keep playing, though there is a respectful way to do so and keep it within the spirit of the game.
“I think you owe it to the game to keep playing in similar situations, but there’s a time and a place,” Rodgers said. “We weren’t going to stay in a no-huddle mindset there in the third quarter...That’s respect for the opponent and respect for the game."
It would have been good to see Rodgers really go for the record. The game was dead already and the Bears had no chance, so they may have well tried to make it interesting.