GREEN BAY – Don’t let Philip Rivers’ 1-3 record against the Packers fool you.
The veteran quarterback has always kept Green Bay’s defense on its heels, and he’ll look to continue that Sunday with his new team, the Indianapolis Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Of all the longtime AFC quarterbacks in this generation, Rivers has thrown for the most passing yards against Green Bay – 1,488 in four meetings as the Chargers’ QB. That’s an average of (gulp) 372 yards per game.
His total is more than Tom Brady (1,129 in five games with the Patriots), more than Ben Roethlisberger (1,284, four games, Steelers, including Super Bowl XLV) and more than Peyton Manning (1,256, four games, Colts and Broncos).
Somewhat ironically, Rivers’ lowest passing yardage total in his four games against the Packers produced his lone victory, last year when he threw for “only” 294 in a very efficient performance (21-of-28, no TDs or INTs, 108.3 passer rating).
His other outings produced many more highlights, despite close defeats:
- 306 yards and three TDs in 2007, only to be outdone by Brett Favre’s 57-yard TD on a slant pass to Greg Jennings with two minutes left, followed by Rivers’ own interception on the ensuing possession. Final: 31-24.
- 385 yards and four TDs in ’11, but two early pick-sixes that gave the Packers a big lead they hung onto, barely. Final: 45-38.
- 503 yards (second-most in the history of Lambeau Field) with two TDs in ’15, all for naught when a fourth-down pass was broken up at the goal line in the waning seconds. Final: 27-20.