Packers demolish records, Redskins

Rodgers passes for 480 yards, Starks runs for 132
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As record after record fell Sunday in the rain at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers dominated the Washington Redskins 38-20 in a Week 2 match-up between teams looking to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

The day started with a record crowd of 78,020 packing into Lambeau Field, the most fans to ever see a game at the historic stadium, boosted by the 7,000-seat addition in the south end zone.

From there Aaron Rodgers took over the record setting, tying his single-game record for completions with 34, breaking his single-game career passing record and tying the single-game franchise record with 480 yards passing. He also had four touchdowns and no interceptions and finished with a quarterback rating of 146.0.

“I had no idea,” Rodgers said of the records. “That’s what happens sometimes when you’re in a good rhythm.”

James Jones led the receiving group with 11 catches for 178 yards, both career highs for the seventh-year wide receiver.

Randall Cobb also got into the act, having a career-high nine catches for a career-high 128 yards. He found the end zone on a 35-yard catch in first quarter that put the Packers (1-1) ahead 10-0. Mason Crosby opened the scoring with a 28-yard field goal earlier in the game.

Jordy Nelson caught two touchdowns, a 14-yarder in the second quarter and a 15-yarder in the third, to finish with three catches for 66 yards. Jermichael Finley added a 3-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

The Packers weren’t all pass, though, despite losing running back Eddie Lacy early in the game with a concussion suffered on a helmet-to-helmet hit with Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. James Starks took over and became the first Packers running back to go over 100 yards rushing since Brandon Jacobs did so against the Redskins in 2010.

“You can’t forget about James Starks,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “James has been a good football player for us around here. This has been a real challenge for him, with Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin coming in, and he’s just been a pro.”

Starks finished with personal-best of 132 yards on 20 carries. He broke the century mark on a 32-yard touchdown run in the third-quarter that put the Packers up 38-7.

At one point Meriweather lowered his head trying to tackle Starks, but ended up taking the worst of it. Meriweather remained on the ground for a while before taking a wobbly walk to the locker room with a concussion, not to return in the game.

The Packers also got in the record books for having a 400-yard passer and 100-yard rusher in the same game, a first in the team’s storied history. It was also the first time in NFL history that a team had a 450-yard passer and a 125-yard rusher in the same game.

The Redskins (0-2) were held scoreless by the Packers’ defense in the first half, but quarterback Robert Griffin III did pass for three touchdowns in the second half, one each to Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Jordan Reed. He finished with 26 completions on 40 passes for 320 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Linebacker Mike Neal came up with the interception, the first of his career, off a deflection on a pass to Joshua Morgan. Cornerback Devon House had a sack of RGIII.

The only blemish on the Packers’ win were a trio of sacks in the first quarter, two by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and another by linebacker Brian Orakpo. The offensive line worked out the kinks the rest of the way, allowing only one other sack, by cornerback Josh Wilson, the rest of the way.

“I was fortunate to get those two sacks early in the game, but I would have liked to make some more plays later in the game,” Kerrigan said. “Credit the Packers because they were getting the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands quickly and their receivers were making plays.”

The Packers are back on the road Sunday, traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.