Packers vs. Backup QBs Since 2008

Here is the breakdown of each game the Green Bay Packers have faced a backup quarterback (not the preferred starter at the beginning of the season) since Aaron Rodgers took over as the starter. Rodgers is 16-7 overall against backups but 14-3 since 2009 when he hasn’t left such games due to injury. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY)


Win, 42-10, Oct. 2 vs. MIN

Christian Ponder - 22 of 44, 222 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs

(Ponder started the season third on the depth chart behind Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater. A season-ending foot injury to Cassel and a sprained ankle to Bridgewater on a short week threw Ponder in for his first start of the season on a Thursday night.)


Loss, 20-27, Nov. 4 vs. CHI

Josh McCown – 22 of 41, 272, 2-0

(McCown was starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in the first quarter and did not return. Seneca Wallace finished the game for the Packers.)

Loss, 13-27, Nov. 10 vs. PHI

Nick Foles – 12 of 18, 228, 3-0

(Mike Vick opened the season as the starter after a training camp battle with Foles. But Foles became the starter over the second half of the season. The Packers were without Rodgers, missing his first game due to injury since 2010. Wallace started for the Packers but was injured early giving way to third-stringer Scott Tolzien.)


Win, 24-10, Jan. 5 vs. MIN (wild-card playoff)

Joe Webb – 11 of 30, 180, 1-1

(Webb was a surprise starter when, just hours before kickoff, Ponder warmed up but was unable to go. Ponder was put on the game day inactive list because of a triceps injury.)

Loss, 31-45, Jan. 12 at SF (divisional playoff)

Colin Kaepernick – 17 of 31, 263, 1-1

(Alex Smith began the season as the starter and beat the Packers in the season opener. But after suffering a concussion in Week 10, the 49ers went with Kaepernick who never looked back. More than his passing, Kaepernick’s 181 yards rushing doomed the Packers.)


Win, 33-27, Oct. 23 at MIN

Christian Ponder – 13 of 32, 219, 2-2

(Donovan McNabb was the starter at the beginning of the season. Ponder made his first career start against the Packers.)

Win, 45-7, Nov. 14 vs. MIN

Christian Ponder – 16 of 34, 190, 0-1

Win, 46-16, Dec. 11 vs. OAK

Carson Palmer – 24 of 42, 245, 1-4

(Jason Campbell started the season and Kyle Boller saw some action but a mid-season trade brought Palmer to the Raiders.)

Loss, 14-19, Dec. 18 at KC

Kyle Orton - 23 of 31, 299, 0-0

(After a season-ending injury to Cassel, Orton was claimed off waivers from the Broncos. The Chiefs also used Tyler Palko as their starter for a time before interim coach Romeo Crennel named Orton the starter for the Packers game.)

Win, 35-21, Dec. 25 vs. CHI

Josh McCown – 19 of 28, 242, 1-2

(The Bears signed McCown Nov. 23. With Cutler injured and Caleb Hanie ineffective, McCown got the start Christmas Day.)


Win, 28-26, Oct. 3 vs. DET

Shaun Hill – 34 of 54, 331, 2-2

(Hill was filling in for the injured Matthew Stafford who came out of the season opener.)

Win, 45-7, Nov. 7 vs. DAL

Jon Kitna – 19 of 30, 183, 1-2

(Kitna was the starter for a stretch of the season after Tony Romo broke his clavicle.)

Win, 34-16, Dec. 5 vs. SF

Troy Smith – 10 of 25, 194, 1-1

(An injury to Alex Smith led the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner to grab six starts during the season.)

Loss, 3-7, Dec. 12 at DET

Drew Stanton – 10 of 22, 117, 1-2

(With Stafford and Hill out, Stanton made his third career start. Rodgers left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and did not return.)

Win, 21-16, Jan. 9 at PHI (wild-card playoff)

Mike Vick – 20 of 36, 292, 1-2

(Kevin Kolb was named the starter coming out of training camp but Vick ended up started 12 games including the playoff contest against the Packers.)


Win, 26-0, Oct. 18 vs. DET

Daunte Culpepper and Stanton – 11 of 25, 105, 0-3 (combined)

(Culpepper injured his hamstring in the game so Stanton also saw action.)

Win, 31-3, Oct. 25 at CLE

Derek Anderson – 12 of 29, 99, 0-1

(Brady Quinn opened the season as the starter.)

Loss, 28-38, Nov. 8 at TB

Josh Freeman – 14 of 31, 205, 3-0

(Byron Leftwich opened the season as the starter but Freeman got his first start against the Packers, helping to end the Bucs’ 0-7 start.)

Win, 30-24, Nov. 22 vs. SF

Alex Smith – 16 of 33, 227, 3-1

(Hill was the starter to open the season but Smith was the starter by the end of it.)

Win, 33-7, Jan. 3 at AZ

Matt Leinart and Brian St. Pierre – 15 of 25, 108, 1-3 (combined)

(Kurt Warner actually started the game but played just a quarter in a regular season finale that the Cardinals treated like a preseason game since playoff position was already locked up.)


Loss, 21-30, Sept. 28 at TB

Brian Griese – 15 of 30, 149, 1-3

(Jeff Garcia opened the season as the starter but Griese got the start in a game remembered for Rodgers suffering a shoulder injury.)

Win, 27-17, Oct. 12 at SEA

Charlie Frye – 12 of 23, 83, 2-2

(A third-stringer to start the season, Frye made his first start of the season against the Packers.)

Loss, 27-28, Nov. 9 at MIN

Gus Frerotte - 15 of 28, 151, 2-3

(Frerotte was the starter for most of the season though Tarvaris Jackson started the first two games.)

Win, 31-21, Dec. 28 vs. DET

Dan Orlovsky – 22 of 42, 225, 2-2

(The Lions used five quarterbacks in the most forgettable season in NFL history. Orlovsky got the honors in the season finale to cap off an 0-16 season.)

Matt Tevsh has covered the Packers since 1996. E-mail him at

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