Packers' Aaron Rodgers pounces on 'free play' with 40-yard TD pass

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- You've probably seen this before: Defense jumps, Aaron Rodgers throws a bomb.

It happened again Sunday in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos.

Rodgers' cadence got Von Miller to jump offside. Second-year receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling knew enough to abandon whatever route he was supposed to run and go deep. Rodgers hit him in stride for a 40-yard touchdown on the game's opening series.

It was Rodgers' 13th career touchdown pass on a free play (either defensive offside or 12 men on the field) in his career. No other quarterback has more than five since 2008 (when Rodgers became a starter), according to ESPN Stats & Information. He did not have a touchdown pass on a free play last season.

Two of Valdes-Scantling's three career touchdowns have been 40-plus yards (the other was a 40-yarder in Week 8 last year), according to ESPN Stats & Information.