As snow swirled thru Lambeau Field, it be likely the Green Bay Packers’ sensible playoff aspirations fluttered away, as effectively.
Amid an uncharacteristic autumn in Wisconsin, the most up-to-date unconventional chapter saw Aaron Rodgers miss badly on myriad throws and the Packers booed by cool and disenfranchised followers all over Thursday evening’s 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
“Attention-grabbing,” Rodgers mentioned of the boos. “That’s the most fascinating I’m able to offer you.”
On the evening, Rodgers finished 24-of-39 passing for 227 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 94.7 rating. At a look, it be rarely a shocking evening, however at some stage all over Green Bay’s sixth loss in its final seven video games, Rodgers misfired on passes he’s prolonged been lawful on the stamp with. And on Thursday, he uncared for a couple of badly.
Rodgers admitted his play became as soon as sub-par, however wasn’t clear to why it got right here to be, even though he became as soon as swiftly no longer to space blame on the injured lawful thumb he’s been nursing since Week 5.
“I could perhaps well not present you, demonstrate one ingredient,” the two-time reigning AP NFL Most Precious Player mentioned. “I’m no longer going to originate excuses about my thumb, it be been the same since Modern York. I do not know. I gotta recede encourage and peek at it. It felt esteem fundamentally I became as soon as in a lawful region. I right did not procure the same selection of consistent grip and ball popping out the same manner. I threw a ramification of kinda wobblers tonight. There became as soon as some wind. I right uncared for a couple of throws I shoulda had.”
With thoughts of a comeback restful dancing thru their heads trailing, 27-17, early in the fourth quarter, the Packers got right here away with out a choices over their final four possessions.
There became as soon as a three-and-out with two incompletions. Then there became as soon as yet any other three-and-out that ended when Rodgers uncared for a extensive-delivery Sammy Watkins on a crossing route by at the least three yards on third down. Thereafter, the Packers grew to became it over on downs when Rodgers skied a ball 10 yards past Allen Lazard on fourth-and-3. Green Bay’s final possession got right here up short on fourth again, this time with Aaron Jones getting stuffed for no originate on fourth-and-1.
Right here isn’t any longer the Packers group anyone anticipated at the genesis of the season, and this no longer the Rodgers anyone has ever anticipated.
Coming off an time past law salvage in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, there became as soon as benefit to cause a turnaround might perhaps well well be ahead. Any thoughts of the kind of turnaround were grounded out by the Titans.
“I mediate final week confirmed us plenty, the potentialities,” Rodgers mentioned. “This week we did not play as complimentary in all three phases.”
Despite the very fact that it be restful technically autumn, it be extra than likely that the Packers are in the cool weather of their 2022 marketing and marketing campaign. They’re currently 10th in the NFC standings and procure reputedly been procuring all season prolonged for their identification, for a rhythm, for one thing else to encourage their expectations alive.
Rodgers is restful a believer, however much esteem too many of his passes on Thursday, it looks those playoff hopes are wayward.
“We gotta play as much as our most likely,” Rodgers mentioned. “If we play as much as our most likely, we are able to salvage our final six video games. I’m assured of that. Obviously I gotta play as much as my most likely; tonight wasn’t it.”