Packers showcase NFL’s only four-headed weapon in 2014

One-half of Green Bay's four-headed weapon

One-half of Green Bay’s four-headed weapon

Imagine an NFL team with a QB who throws for 4,000 yards, a running back who reaches the 1,000-yard mark for the season, and two (not one, but two) receivers who  gain 1,000 or more yards in the same season. That would be a pretty impressive offensive unit.

The 2014 Green Bay Packers were the only team to have four players reach these milestones together. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had 4,381 yards passing; running back Eddie Lace gained 1,139 yards rushing for the season; and receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each went over the 1,000-mark in receiving yards for the season. They became the 22nd team since 1966 to have a 1,000-yard running back, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 4,000-yard QB. For the Pack, it was the fifth time since ’66 that they had four players reach these numbers in a season, most in the NFL.

Here are the Green Bay players who reached these milestones for the Packers in those five seasons.

2014: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb
2009: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver
2008: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver
2004: Brett Favre, Ahman Green, Javon walker and Donald Driver
1998: Brett Favre, Dorsey Levens, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder

Following is a look at the teams that had a season with a QB with 4,000-plus passing yards, a running back with 1,000-plus rushing yards, and two receivers each with 1,000-plus receiving yards.

5: Green Bay (2014, 2009, 2008, 2004, 1999)

4: St. Louis (2006, 2001, 1999, 1989)

2: Denver (2013, 2004)
2: Indianapolis (2006, 2004)

1: Atlanta (1995)
1: Buffalo (2002)
1: Cincinnati (2006)
1: Detroit (1995)
1: Minnesota (1994)
1: Pittsburgh (2009)
1: San Diego (1981)
1: San Francisco (1998)
1: Washington (1986)

Four of the above teams made it to the Super Bowl that season: St. Louis, 1999; St. Louis, 2001; Indianapolis, 2006; Denver, 2013.

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