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Aaron Rodgers frustrated by his own play in Packers’ loss

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was unhappy with his own performance in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers.

“Frustrating way to end the season,” Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think a lot of us felt with the way things had gone the last four or five weeks that there was something special about this year, and everything might be aligning right for us to make a run. So, I’m very disappointed. Personally, it’s frustrating not to play your best game. Tough conditions, but the defense held them to 23 points. We should win that game.”

Rodgers completed 17 of 26 passes for 177 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Those aren’t bad numbers, but they’re not the numbers that we’ve all come to expect from Rodgers. Green Bay’s offense had two long touchdown drives, but it also had five drives that yielded less than 10 yards and ended with a punt.

“It’s frustrating,” Rodgers said. “I think you have to start with yourself, and I could have definitely made a few more plays. That’s why it’s disappointing. These opportunities are pretty special, and you’ve got to make the most of them. It’s been nine years for me now. [I’ve been] blessed to play that long and would love to play another nine if possible. But this is an opportunity we let slip through our fingers.”

Now Rodgers will have to wait until next year for another opportunity.

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  1. quidnuncq says: Jan 6, 2014 8:50 AM

    If we could actually field a somewhat healthy team start to finish that would certainly help….

  2. prideof10000lakes says: Jan 6, 2014 8:53 AM

    But I thought you were going to the Super Bowl.

    No excuses. You’re a 4-12 team with a 12-4 quarterback. There for you’re an 8-8-1, .500 TEAM at best.

  3. bearssuck says: Jan 6, 2014 8:53 AM

    It doesn’t help that McMeathead’s play calling & clock managment isn’t the best.

  4. pgilbert2013 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:53 AM

    It’s tough for any QB when you have the 49er D in your face every play.

    Tough game. Though Officiating Great win! Next Sunday should be one hell of a battle.

    Go Niners!

  5. youngs79 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:58 AM

    You just got beat by a better team that has now beat you 4 straight times. Last eight playoff game record at Lambeau is 3-5. Rodgers, unlike Favre, is not very good in cold weather games.

  6. packhawk04 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:01 AM

    Great win by san fran. I thought officiating was great. They let both teams play and let the players decide the game, and the better team won. I thought the niners would win by more, but the pack defense had a few key stops and the running game was much better against that D than i thought it would be. Pack D needs a lot of help.

  7. tarkenton2white says: Jan 6, 2014 9:04 AM

    “Slipped through our fingers”= Cooper dropped the easy toss with room to run.

  8. glennsyank13 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:06 AM

    McCarthy gave the 49ers 10 extra yards by calling timeouts. That let them run more plays instead of winding the clock down like they were trying to after the 2 minute warning.

    And by the way, Favre was terrible at home late in his career in the playoffs.

  9. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2014 9:07 AM

    Rodgers must have been reading the comments by Packer fans posted here at PFT. They all said this was just like 2010. They swore to the rest of us this was the year they hoisted their 14th championship trophy. Guess they didn’t realize this team just wasn’t that caliber, despite a valiant effort yesterday. (And stop already with the injuries bit; every team deals with it, and many worse than the Packers.)

    Rodgers has gotten on my nerves in the past when he has whined about the refs, thrown players under the bus, rudely defended a friend and wouldn’t apologize or wouldn’t uphold his side of a bet. But he’s a very talented individual who makes his team better than they really are. He’s tougher than a lot of my fellow Viking fans have liked to tease about, and I think it’s good he feels this way about his performance, even when it wasn’t that bad.

    Sometimes he has an air about him that I find annoying. But then I remind myself of a clip I saw of him with girl who has spina bifida, and I think he’s probably a pretty good guy. Do a search on – Aaron Rodgers spina bifida. Watch the entire clip.

  10. dlbc2000 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:08 AM

    The same “good in cold weather games” Favre that got trounced by Vick at home in the playoffs and threw a back breaking pick against the Giants in OT in ’07? Yeah ok…

  11. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:09 AM

    glad Favre wasnt playing. green bay wouldve been more competitive

  12. drewser43 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:11 AM

    the packers’ offense did plenty to win that game. what about their AWFUL defense?! they couldn’t stop a bloody nose. that’s the way it’s been all season. coming from a vikes fan i have tons of respect for Rodgers. he played a decent game along with Lacey, but they haven’t had any help from that D all year.

  13. iikanji says: Jan 6, 2014 9:11 AM

    THIS is why he remains one of the best and will continue to get better …
    Aaron will always to look to himself first to shoulder the blame and not point fingers …
    GB’s front office needs to get him a better line …
    & make that tough decision with Capers

  14. temikenthomas says: Jan 6, 2014 9:18 AM

    Happy to see #12 is taken the responsibility.
    Did everyone see how Dalton dodged questions?
    Yikes!

    In any event, I’m glad he’s thinking about “another 9 years”.

    Rodgers is a brilliant, make no mistakes, type of quarterback. Some of those sacks were on him not wanting to make any mistakes. I guess I’d rather take those than throwing an INT.

    He’s right. Holding SF to 23 points should have yielded a victory with the offense GB had. It stinks, but there will be other chances.

    I think he gets at least one more SB before it’s all over and goes down as once of the best decision makers ever.

    Congrats to the Niners who are put together for the long haul and we look foward to another shot at them in the future.

    For now, we take our hats off to them and call them our daddy.

  15. beerbratscheese says: Jan 6, 2014 9:21 AM

    youngs79 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:58 AM

    You just got beat by a better team that has now beat you 4 straight times. Last eight playoff game record at Lambeau is 3-5. Rodgers, unlike Favre, is not very good in cold weather games.
    —————————

    Ummmm….three of those five losses are on Favre.

  16. mlmike25 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:23 AM

    quidnuncq says:
    Jan 6, 2014 8:50 AM
    If we could actually field a somewhat healthy team start to finish that would certainly help….
    ________________

    PLEASE don’t use that as an excuse. When the Packers won the SB in 07, didn’t they have a ridiculous amount of injuries that year?

  17. ripster65 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:29 AM

    I got a kick out of everyone who said GB would win. Just because Rodgers returned from injury last week and had a decent game (which they barely won against a .500 team) and it was going to be cold outside doesn’t automatically make them a better team. And about the home field for division winners thing, does winning a division where that team is only a half game over .500 really mean anything?

  18. chalkruz1989 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    I love to “hate” on Aaron Rodgers but it’s obvious that his offensive line is not doing their job. I understand that the San Francisco 49ers present a major problem because of their talented defensive line and linebackers, but every play Rodgers had defenders in his face.

    Great quarterbacks are knocked down a peg when their supporting cast is of little assistance. The Packers should look into addressing their offensive line and definitely adding a linebacker or corner with an early pick in the draft.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Jan 6, 2014 9:46 AM

    To any objective football fan (that automatically excludes the Viking trolls) the 49ers had the better team talent-wise and made the key plays down the stretch, that’s the difference in playoff football.

    The Packers played well enough to win and simply didn’t execute in the final minutes. Meanwhile, the Vikings finished in last place again, still don’t have a QB, and no chance at winning a Superbowl anything soon.

  20. duece5 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:53 AM

    glennsyank13 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:06 AM

    McCarthy gave the 49ers 10 extra yards by calling timeouts. That let them run more plays instead of winding the clock down like they were trying to after the 2 minute warning.

    And by the way, Favre was terrible at home late in his career in the playoffs.

    duece5 says:

    Hmm…..well with gbay that may be the case.

    Favre has a 1.000 winning perscentage with the Vikings in the playoffs at home in the Metrodome….he was 1-0.

    Something funny happens to you when your in that green n gold!

  21. roastbeefsandwich says: Jan 6, 2014 9:55 AM

    People want to blast Favre for throwing INT’s, but what good are 3 three-and-outs to start the game? The offense ended the first quarter with a total of 6 yards on offense!

  22. duece5 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:57 AM

    TT and MM should look themselves in the mirror.If thee was a year to shine light in deficiencies, this was the year for the packers.

    BUT, to the benefit of all the teams in the North, there is the feeling within gbay that they are like 1 player away.

    WITH ALL THE BAD ELEMENTS IN THEIR FAVOR, gbay still lost.

    the defense is horrendous, and MM is just a good manager/coach.

    He has lived off the coattails of Rodgers/Favre for years, and this year was the epitome of obviousness.

    Unfortunately for pack fans, TT and MM are wasting Rodgers career away……

  23. leatherface2012 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:01 AM

    RODGERS simply cant cut it at the pro level–way behind manning and brees in stats. hey get cobb back and they were going to the superbowl. gb was one team with very few injuries and yet they played 1 more game than the houston texans…. to quote every packer fan “where are the packers going to be next weekend” ? on their sofas watching the playoffs. rodgers got sacked 4 or 5 times because he simply doesnt know when to get rid of the ball. oh and raji? put on more weight and fall down more.

  24. onbucky96 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:01 AM

    He should be pissed off by the play of his defense. I’d love to know the Wonderlic scores of Jennings, Burrnett, and Perry. Dumb angles on ATTEMPTED tackles, maybe Bob McGinn can get those numbers…

  25. leatherface2012 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:02 AM

    BUT, to the benefit of all the teams in the North, there is the feeling within gbay that they are like 1 player away.

    yeah like a qb

  26. GBwomenrhot says: Jan 6, 2014 10:03 AM

    Cutler outplayed Rogers last week, so this week’s play was no surprise. Suxh it GB.

  27. InFact says: Jan 6, 2014 10:06 AM

    Attitude of Gratitude, GB fans:

    A North Division title after Rodgers is out for 7 games?

    I’ll take it…..and if Hyde catches the INT or Bush contains Kap on the final drive (when Bush blitzed but got caught inside):

    GB has a chance to drive for a FG in the final two minutes.

    Cobb’s reception to the 9 yard line in the 4th Q could have been a TD to put GB up 24-20, yet he got tripped up. One extra step and he was gone.

    Sometimes, it’s one play as the difference.

    That was the case in this game.

    Give SF credit, GB fans (and I’m a GB fan).

    (Caveat: Without Matthews and Jolly, GB’s defense was pedestrian/average….)

  28. kproffo says: Jan 6, 2014 10:11 AM

    duece5 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:57 AM

    Unfortunately for pack fans, TT and MM are wasting Rodgers career away……

    _____________________________________

    I’d normally discount this as another weak duece5 comeback, but Adrian Peterson told me Vikings fans know what they are talking about when it comes to wasting a career.

    But then again Rodgers already has 1 Super Bowl win. Using your logic Vikings are a wasted franchise.

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:14 AM

    You can’t help but admire the way Rodgers holds himself accountable.

    Outside of the 13 World Championship seasons, each of the others has ended in disappointment. But this magical 8-8-1 team gave it’s fans more thrills than one could imagine.

    Great season Packer fans.

  30. beedubyatoo says: Jan 6, 2014 10:18 AM

    dlbc2000 says:
    Jan 6, 2014 9:08 AM

    The same “good in cold weather games” Favre that got trounced by Vick at home in the playoffs and threw a back breaking pick against the Giants in OT in ’07? Yeah ok
    ———————————–
    Yeah ok, indeed. Favre threw that interception in 2007. Also for your fellow poster, mlmike25,, the year that the Packers had all the injuries and won the SB was 2010. Giants over NE in 2007.

  31. purplehaze28 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:22 AM

    Favre took chances. He was not afraid to help the D carry some of the load. He was not the most talented, but he was the most fun to watch!

  32. purplehaze28 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:25 AM

    #discount double-choke

  33. greenbaypackersowner says: Jan 6, 2014 10:42 AM

    I’m going to start the search for a QB who can play in the clutch.

  34. tremoluxman says: Jan 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    As a Viking fan, I was glad to see SF win. The GB WRs didn’t do Rodgers any favors, I counted at least 3 dropped passes. One was a sure TD that hit the WR right in the face and hands and he couldn’t hold on.

  35. crujok says: Jan 6, 2014 11:23 AM

    Maybe James Jones could have caught the 3 passes that hit him in the hands.

    Dom Capers has to teach “outside contain”. It’s been drilled into every football players every year, but somehow the Packers outside players come crashing in and let Kap run around them.

  36. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 6, 2014 11:23 AM

    The way Rodgers escaped that sack on the 4th and 2 play to Cobb was absolutely amazing. He was surrounded by 49ers, one guy had him wrapped up, another guy is hitting him in the head, and he’s holding the ball above his head in a precarious position, and all of a sudden he’s running by himself and finds Cobb. I just can’t get over what a great play that was.

    The Packers proved this year that they have a terrible team with a terrible coach and a GM that has failed the franchise, but they always have a chance as long as Rodgers is playing. Unfortunately, he seems a little delicate.

  37. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 6, 2014 11:23 AM

    I’m pretty sure Rodgers hasn’t played 9 years. He practiced for his first 4 years, but he wasn’t playing.

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:23 AM

    It’s always nice when your team is in contention right up to the final play of the season.

    Meaningful football.

  39. gbmickey says: Jan 6, 2014 11:38 AM

    Only in minnesota where two teams that played yesterday was their fans Super Bowl even though their team was not even on the field. Have to be the biggest bunch of bandwagon fans picking each week to jump on another teams bandwagon while their team is irrelevant and not even worth cheering for. So obsessed with the Packers that with the Packers getting beat they act like I told you so that your team would lose not realizing how ridiculous and jealous they sound with their team in last place. Now comes the insufferable offseason for the 5th year in a row how their team had the best draft, best signings, most talent etc. but inexplicably sucks. Say what you want about us losing but we made the playoffs, won the division, while the vikings are the doormat of the division. Embrace the suck in minny because it appears no help is in site for drafting a worthwile difference maker qb, yet i am sure spielman will reach again and sell you on the fact he got the one he wanted like ponder.

  40. gbp466 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:49 AM

    The losses of Nick Collins, Charles Woodson and Desmond Bishop were not addressed as needed. Dom Capers is taking alot of heat but it’s the lack of quality players on the field. The Pack are only 4 players away of being a player in the playoffs for years to come! Bring in a veteran D-lineman, linebacker, safety and O-lineman to go with all the young guys and see what happens. The draft and develop trend ONLY works when you have proven veterans around to guide them. As for the people that say injuries are part of every team, show me a team that has as many or more starters out for long periods of time and/or all year. Not many. GO PACK GO!!!!

  41. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 6, 2014 11:23 AM

    The way Rodgers escaped that sack on the 4th and 2 play to Cobb was absolutely amazing. He was surrounded by 49ers, one guy had him wrapped up, another guy is hitting him in the head, and he’s holding the ball above his head in a precarious position, and all of a sudden he’s running by himself and finds Cobb. I just can’t get over what a great play that was.

    The Packers proved this year that they have a terrible team with a terrible coach and a GM that has failed the franchise, but they always have a chance as long as Rodgers is playing. Unfortunately, he seems a little delicate.

    ——-

    How is that Special Counsel investigation coming along? And, shouldn’t you be more focused on your coaching search? The one that isn’t going to matter anyway since you’re not addressing the real problem, which is that Rick Spielman is a horrible GM? Enjoy your continued irrelevance.

  42. chrisco716 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:03 PM

    Rodgers is a great QB who played great yesterday despite all the pressure and despite not quite having his timing down after only his 2nd game back following most of the season out with a broken collarbone. Great QB on a lesser team. 9’ers have a great team with a lesser QB… who burned a TO on the first play of the 2nd half because he forgot to put his wristband on with all the plays. Vapor lock. I bet 49’ers would trade Kaepernick for Rodgers any day. Any takers?

  43. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:08 PM

    This just proves what I’ve said previously; Rodgers is overrated.

    “I think you have to start with yourself, and I could have definitely made a few more plays.” He’s absolutely right, that game was on his shoulders to win or lose and he coughed up a hairball again.

    I’m sure most GB fans agree it is a “Frustrating way to end the season,” when you supposedly have this elite QB. I guess not.

    I got a kick out of his comment that “the defense held them to 23 points. We should win that game.” As if that’s some kind of preordained magic that they are entitled to. The fact is the GB offense just wasn’t that good and it starts with the QB.

  44. noeffinway says: Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 6, 2014 11:23 AM

    The way Rodgers escaped that sack on the 4th and 2 play to Cobb was absolutely amazing. He was surrounded by 49ers, one guy had him wrapped up, another guy is hitting him in the head, and he’s holding the ball above his head in a precarious position, and all of a sudden he’s running by himself and finds Cobb. I just can’t get over what a great play that was.
    ———
    Surely you just! If not, then take a look, a good hard look, at the replays of that play. As pointed out by the game announcers, and then chuckled at, there was a blatant holding by the packers. It is right there next to Rodgers, just as he escapes. The entire world saw it! It was committed right next to the QB, you know, right where the official is looking! There’s no way he doesn’t see it! It is just another one of those obvious calls that the refs are oblivious to when the foul is committed by the pack. It happens all the time with them. The obvious non-calls on the pack should merit a congressional investigation by now! It really is destroying what little credibility the league has left.

  45. noeffinway says: Jan 6, 2014 12:16 PM

    *jest

  46. chrisco716 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:19 PM

    Straight up trade Rodgers for Kaepernick. Any takers?

  47. Norseman says: Jan 6, 2014 12:20 PM

    Rodgers is still a top 3 QB in the league, but his best days are behind him. He can’t throw the deep ball that well anymore. Would not be surprised if Rodgers begins to miss more games due to injury in the future as well. He takes a beating every year.

    The Packers don’t have the defense to win playoff games, and don’t have as much talent on offense as they once did.

    And then there is the salary cap.

  48. earlcampbellrules says: Jan 6, 2014 12:21 PM

    Too bad for the Sconnies. Now that their crappy football team has lost, all they have left is cheese wheels, fat chicks, and dilapadated little towns with one stoplight. Life is not good in Sconnie.

  49. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 6, 2014 12:40 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jan 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    How is that Special Counsel investigation coming along? And, shouldn’t you be more focused on your coaching search? The one that isn’t going to matter anyway since you’re not addressing the real problem, which is that Rick Spielman is a horrible GM? Enjoy your continued irrelevance.
    ________

    A fan of a team with Ted Thompson as GM is ripping Rick Spielman? How many first team All-Pros did your GM trade up to draft this year?

  50. dahmergeinteam says: Jan 6, 2014 12:49 PM

    I love Aaron Rodgers with all my heart! If we trade Aaron, I will go on a hunger strike, and the population of Wisconsin will stabilize.

  51. xxlsurgelxx says: Jan 6, 2014 1:11 PM

    Great game by The Pack and Niners. I appreciated the Refs this game. There were multiple times to throw the flags on BOTH teams but they let them play. The better team won. Smash mouth football. I loved/hated it. The Pack will be back next year and I fully expect to see San Fran in the playoffs as well. Maybe next year for the NFC Championship… GO PACK GO!

  52. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 6, 2014 1:47 PM

    How are those not bad numbers? If Newton had put up those numbers, you’d be saying he has regressed.

  53. sickcub says: Jan 6, 2014 2:32 PM

    Stats against second level teams look good, but Aaron is 1-19 for his career when trailing in the 4th qtr against teams greater than .500.

    He may have come back too soon, as he was outplayed by Cutler and Kapernick in the last two games.

    Packer Nation better hope mistakes are made by the Lions in hiring a coach and the Bears by keeping their defensive coordinator. They have benefited from bad front offices in the NFC North.

  54. salbright45 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:32 PM

    The 49ers were the better, tougher team. That said, the play calling early and late was the difference in the game. The passing game opens the Green Bay run, but Mc Cautious runs into a wall, wastes two possessions, and exposes his defense to time of possession – again. Then with minutes to go he plays for the tie, where a 4 point lead would force Niners to score a TD. A 120 million QB and you play it safe? Next time I hang a door I will use glue, because nails can be risky – Duh!

  55. dwightmlee says: Jan 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    Yes, its a shame Mr. Rogers that you are only human – and could not carry 100% of the team on your back… There are a lot of Packers who should feel bad about their play – you, sir, are not one of them.

  56. monkeyboymotors says: Jan 6, 2014 5:59 PM

    Aaron really really likes women. As friends.

  57. alldonesmith says: Jan 6, 2014 6:23 PM

    The 49ers didn’t play their best game either. Bottom line is that the better team won yesterday – I do have to tip my cap for the Packers for playing so well with so many injuries though. Excellent game, and you’ll be back in the playoffs next year.

  58. tightpinksock says: Jan 6, 2014 7:44 PM

    the other team scored 23 points but you only had 6 yards of offense IN THE FIRST HALF!!!!! Is it any wonder you lost the game?

  59. linemanguy74 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:51 PM

    I BET HE WISHES HE COULD PLAY IN A DOME INSTEAD OF OUTSIDE WITH THE TYPE OF OFFENSE THEY RUN.

  60. whatjusthapped says: Jan 6, 2014 7:56 PM

    Don’t you love all the football advice from the Viking trolls. I guess being a fan of a last place team gives you a special insight into holes on a team since they have so much experience in watching the Vikings.

  61. vstar1us says: Jan 6, 2014 8:18 PM

    Rogers just lacks toughness, sure he can chuck the ball but he can not run. The SF QB is more of a all around player. I will say, the Pack could have won only if the could have some defense. Give a guy in a wheel chair the long side of the field on 3rd and 8 what do u think will happen.

  62. quidnuncq says: Jan 6, 2014 10:58 PM

    truthserum4u says:Jan 6, 2014 9:07 AM
    (And stop already with the injuries bit; every team deals with it, and many worse than the Packers.)
    mlmike25 says:Jan 6, 2014 9:23 AM
    quidnuncq says:
    Jan 6, 2014 8:50 AM
    If we could actually field a somewhat healthy team start to finish that would certainly help….

    PLEASE don’t use that as an excuse. When the Packers won the SB in 07, didn’t they have a ridiculous amount of injuries that year?
    ________________
    @truth – only TB, Atl, Car, Hou, Indy, and Pitt had injury situations anywhere near what the Pack did, and only 2 of those even made the playoffs, so, no, there are not “many worse” but a few comparable.

    @mike – did I say it was an excuse? I was merely commenting that it was getting old year after year and that perhaps I would like to see what would be with a relatively healthy team. And, P.S. we won it in 2010, not 2007.

  63. packmanfan says: Jan 7, 2014 2:12 PM

    We still love ya Aaron.
    Even more than that overrated loser that you were playing back up to.

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