Aaron Rodgers Beats Tom Brady, Drew Brees to Become First QB to Achieve Historic NFL Record

Aaron Rodgers added more milestones to his glittering career on Sunday, becoming the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 400 career passing touchdowns and the first to have at least 35 passing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons.

The Green Bay Packers signal caller, who turned 37 last week, entered the game against the Philadelphia Eagles needing three touchdown passes to become only the seventh quarterback in NFL history to reach the 400-touchdown threshold and join Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Philip Rivers in the history books.

Rodgers reached the milestone when he hit Davante Adams with a nine-yard pass in the third quarter, capping a 99-yard drive that began in the Packers' own end zone with the two-time MVP hitting Adams with a 42-yard dime.

Sunday's 30-16 win over Philadelphia was the 193rd regular season game of Rodgers' NFL career, making him the fastest quarterback to ever pass for 400 touchdowns and beating Brees' record by 12 games.

It took Manning and Brady 209 and 212 games respectively to reach the milestone, while Marino and Favre reached in their 227th and 228th regular season game and Rivers took 231 games.

With 88 career interceptions, Rodgers is also the only quarterbacks to have thrown fewer than 100 picks by the time reached 400 touchdown passes.

Adams, meanwhile, joined an exclusive club himself. According to NFL Research, the Packers wide receiver is the only player in the Super Bowl era along with Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss to have more than 1,000 receiving yards and at least 12 receiving touchdowns in their first 10 games of a season.

Rice achieved the feat in 1986 and 1989, Harrison did it in 1999, while Owens and Moss both pulled it off in 2007.

There were more significant milestones for Rodgers, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to have at least 35 passing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons after the three touchdowns he threw against the Eagles brought his tally for the season to 36.

Manning, Brady and Brees all managed the feat in four consecutive seasons.

"Those are fun milestones for sure," Rodgers, who last week became the 11th player in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards, said after the game.

"I'm not sure how long I'll be able to hold on to the second one.

"There's some really good young quarterbacks I'm guessing are amassing some numbers in that vicinity. But it does speak to the consistency over a long period of time that I'm very proud of."

After a summer during which Rodgers was reportedly disgruntled at the Packers' decision to trade up to draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love as his heir apparent, the two-time MVP has played with the attitude of a man hell-bent on proving he remains an elite quarterback.

Speaking ahead of his 37th birthday last week, Rodgers indicated he had no plans to retire anytime soon.

"I've really enjoyed all the special moments here, so many of them," he told the Wisconsin State Journal.

"I just feel really fortunate to have grown up here and just have a lot of great memories that I've made here that I'll take with me one day. Hopefully, that day isn't too soon."

Rodgers did his talking on the field on Sunday, completing 25 of 34 passes for 295 yards as the Packers improved to 9-3 and moved a step closer to retain their NFC North title.

The win also consolidated Green Bay's second spot in the NFC standing behind the 10-2 New Orleans Saints.

Both teams are on the road next week, with the Packers traveling to Detroit to face the Lions, while the Saints take on the Eagles in Philadelphia.

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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on December 6 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Eagles 30-16. Stacy Revere/Getty

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