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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers blames missed throws for narrow win over Lions

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers nearly watched their first-round bye hopes vanish. The Detroit Lions entered halftime with a 14-point lead and it took a Mason Crosby walk-off field goal for Green Bay to win and secure a break.

Short of saying, the win was not a comfortable one.

What is to blame for letting the Lions nearly forcing the Packers to play in the wild card round? Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says himself and his missed throws.

“Too many missed throws,” Rodgers said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Felt good about the throws, that’s the crazy thing. Felt good about some of those I overthrew by a couple yards. Just a little bit off at times. But when we had to make some plays we made some plays.”

Rodgers went 27 of 55 passing on Sunday. His 28 completions are most by a quarterback in the 2019 season. It’s fair to say his analysis was on-point.

Nonetheless, the Packers escaped Detroit with a win. They can thank a lot of that towards running back Aaron Jones, who had another big game. He finished the outing with 25 attempts for 100 yards; he also had two receptions for 43 yards. Jones’ 31-yard reception off of an improbable Rodgers find to set-up the game-winning touchdown.

Rodgers did not perform as expected on Sunday. However, the Packers ultimately won the game and got that precious first-round bye, their first since 2014. Now, they have an extra week to rest up and get their offense back together for another Super Bowl run.