Originally published Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Packers' Aaron Rodgers on verge of passer-rating record | NFL notebook

The record Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the cusp of setting hasn't received the same amount of attention as the season...

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — The record Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the cusp of setting hasn't received the same amount of attention as the season passing yards or touchdown marks.

But if Rodgers sets the NFL record for highest passer rating in a season, it would put him in the exalted company of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Steve Young and Joe Montana, holders of the top four ratings in history.

It certainly would be confirmation that his 2011 season was one of the best for an NFL quarterback.

"A second Super Bowl would be pretty important," Rodgers said last week when asked how important it would be to him to set the mark. "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."

Manning blew away Young's record of 112.8 set in 1994 with a 121.1 rating in 2004, the same year Manning also surpassed Dan Marino's season record of 48 passing touchdowns by one.

Rodgers goes into the Packers' season finale Sunday against the Detroit Lions with a passer rating of 122.46. He has completed 343 of 502 passes for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Like Rodgers, Manning's Indianapolis Colts had nothing to play for in their last game in 2004, and Manning was so far ahead of Young that he wasn't in danger of losing the record if he played. He wound up starting, going 1 for 2 for 6 yards on the first series of the finale against Denver and then called it a day. His rating actually dropped from 121.368 to 121.106.

If Rodgers plays only a series or two, he would have some leeway. He could throw as many as five incompletions to start the game and still have a 121.273 rating, good enough to beat Manning's record.


• Police say Vikings CB Benny Sapp has been cited for fifth-degree assault and careless driving, both misdemeanors, after a run-in with security at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

Officers were called Friday morning after police say Sapp and his 11-year-old son tried to enter the hospital through a closed entrance. The Star Tribune reports Sapp left his son with a hospital security guard, saying the boy's mother was inside and he had to go to work.

Sapp allegedly pushed a security officer who tried to detain him in the parking ramp. Police Sgt. Bill Palmer says Sapp then chest-bumped a security officer who was standing in front of his vehicle.

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