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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers claims gap with 49ers more on execution, not talent

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers were slaughtered by the San Francisco 49ers 37-8 in Week 12. But despite the sizable deficit, Aaron Rodgers claims that the gap with the 49ers is more about execution, not talent.

“The gap is execution, it’s not ability, it’s not talent, it’s execution,” Rodgers said Wednesday per Zach Kruse of Packers Wire. “On paper and lining up we feel really good about our squad against anybody. But execution is the main divider between teams that put that performance on the board like they did and the way we played. I think things would be a little different the next time, as far as the way we execute.”

Leading up to Week 12, the game between the Packers and 49ers was highly anticipated as one of the best games of the week. Instead, it turned into a thrashing for Green Bay and Rodgers had arguably his worst performance of the season.

The future Hall-of-Fame quarterback finished the game with a season-low 106 passing yards and one touchdown. Along with his passing numbers, Rodgers was under duress throughout the entire game, being sacked five times.

Green Bay undoubtedly has a talented roster with Rodgers dealing from under center. But that still doesn’t always equate to success on the field.

Even with the loss, Green Bay still sits atop the NFC North with an 8-3 record. However, the Minnesota Vikings are also 8-3, with the Packers owning the tie-breaker.

With the division race being so tight, the Packers will need to execute better on offense down the stretch. Luckily for the Packers, they’ll get a chance to get back on track against the New York Giants—who they have a sizable gap in talent with—in Week 13.