Aaron Rodgers admits to recent loss at Packers: ‘I threw a lot of wobblers tonight’

With the snow pouring across Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers’ realistic playoff aspirations have likely faded as well.

Amidst an uncharacteristic fall in Wisconsin, an unconventional final season saw Aaron Rodgers desperately miss countless throws and the Packers booed by cold and disenfranchised fans during Thursday night’s 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

“Interesting,” Rodgers said of the boo. “This is the best I can do for you.”

On the evening, Rodgers finished with 24 of 39 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 94.7 rating. At a glance, it’s not a bad night, but over the course of Green Bay’s sixth loss in the last seven games, Rodgers has missed passes he’s been right on for a long time. And on Thursday, he sorely missed a few.

Rodgers admitted his play was sub-par, but he wasn’t sure why he showed up, though he was quick not to blame it on an injured right thumb that’s been nursing since Week 5.

“I can’t tell you, point one thing,” the two-time AP NFL Most Valuable Player says. “I’m not going to make excuses for my thumb, it’s been the same since New York. I don’t know. I’ll have to go back and take a look at it. I basically felt like I was in a good place.” I don’t have the same kind of consistent grip and the ball comes out the same way. I threw in a lot of wobblers tonight. There was some wind. I just missed a few shots that I should have taken.”

With thoughts of a comeback still dancing through their heads, 27-17, early in the fourth quarter, the Packers came out scoreless on their final four possessions.

There were three and he came out with two shortcomings. Then there were three more doubles that ended when Rodgers missed a wide open Sammy Watkins on a touchdown run with at least three yards on third down. Then, the Packers turned it on a first down when Rodgers skated a 10-yard ball past Allen Lazard on fourth-and-3. Green Bay’s final possession came up short on fourth down again, this time with Aaron Jones stuffing for no gain on fourth-and-1.

This isn’t the Packers team anyone expected at the start of the season, and this isn’t the Rodgers team anyone expected at all.

After winning in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys, there was reason for a turnaround ahead. Any thoughts of such a transformation were shelved by the Titans.

“I think the last week has shown us a lot, the possibilities,” Rodgers said. “This week we didn’t play completely in all three stages.”

While it’s still technically fall, the Packers will likely be in the winter of their 2022 campaign. They’re currently 10th in the NFC standings and it looks like they’ve been searching all season for who they are, for rhythm, for anything that will keep their prospects alive. .

Rodgers remains a believer, but like so many of his passes on Thursday, his playoff hopes appear to be a long way off.

“We have to play to our potential,” Rodgers said. “If we play to our potential, we can win our last six games. I’m sure of that. Obviously I have to play to my potential; tonight it wasn’t like that.”


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