The Green Bay Packers suffered a shocking 13-10 defeat against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, with Robbie Gould kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired to send the top-seeded Packers home.
Packers star running back Aaron Jones was simply stunned as he watched Gould’s field goal end a season that had Super Bowl expectations:
#Packers RB Aaron Jones on feeling watching Robbie Gould's game-winning kick split uprights: "Just heartbroken, you know. I didn't envision it like this. We had hopes and dreams of going to the Super Bowl and winning it, but we'll just have to wait until next year."
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) January 23, 2022
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Jones was one of the few Packers offensive players who showed out on Saturday. While he was quiet on the ground with 12 carries for 41 yards, he had nine catches for a game-high 129 yards. His 75-yard catch late in the first half put Green Bay in position to score going into halftime, but Mason Crosby’s field goal was blocked.
While Jones and Davante Adams both had nine catches, Aaron Rodgers only completed two passes to other players in this loss. Rodgers was mediocre in another disappointing home playoff defeat, with this loss way more shocking than the NFC Championship Game defeat at the hands of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
Jones had a solid season in 2021 after signing a new contract in the offseason, even if he wasn’t quite as prolific as past years thanks to the emergence of AJ Dillon in the backfield. However, there are now plenty more questions about the Packers and their offense moving forward, with Rodgers’ future in the middle of it all. Adams is also a potential free agent, though the expectations are that he’ll wind up getting tagged.
It will be interesting to see what happens in Green Bay.