Let’s all give credit score to the 49ers for that totally atrocious loss by the Packers. In spite of everything, it’s not the 49ers’ fault that the Packers put collectively a full debacle of a efficiency. The 49ers actually made some performs whereas the Packers completely melted down like a hungry toddler, and the 49ers deserve to maneuver on as a result of oh my God what the hell was that?
Some video games hang-out you want a unhealthy dream. This one will hang-out the Packers like a unhealthy marriage. They spent 60 minutes concurrently displaying they have been the higher group and that they have been decided to lose.
Even all-time nice quarterbacks solely get so many photographs at a championship, and the Packers blew yet one more one within the Aaron Rodgers period. This 13–10 loss will gnaw at Rodgers whether or not he stays in Inexperienced Bay, leaves for one more group or strikes to an underground bunker the place the federal government can’t monitor him.
The Packers kicked seven instances, and two of them have been blocked. Not a good ratio! On the finish of the primary half, that they had a discipline aim blocked. Late within the second half, that they had a punt blocked for a landing. That’s 10 factors proper there. The punt was particularly egregious, the form of play that makes you suppose, “They need to hearth their particular groups coach—if they’ve one.” The 49ers weren’t even attempting to dam it. They rushed 5 guys. The Packers apparently tried blocking one among them with an assistant coach. Then, on the 49ers’ game-winning discipline aim, the Packers had simply 10 males on the sector.
The Packers’ particular groups have been a drawback all yr, which sounds even worse than it’s. Assume this by way of, O.Ok.? They spent their complete season attempting to realize residence discipline benefit within the playoffs. What the heck is the purpose of enjoying video games in Inexperienced Bay in January in case your particular groups are terrible? Low-scoring, bad-weather video games come right down to the kicking sport on a regular basis. The Packers really would have been higher off enjoying this sport in California.
Rodgers has each proper to privately stew in regards to the particular groups if he chooses, however this should even be mentioned: He had an terrible second half. The Packers obtained the ball 4 instances after halftime. That they had 48 total yards. That quantity was 63 till the final two drives, once they went for minus-nine (after which had the punt blocked!) and minus-six.
Rodgers is infatuated with Davante Adams, and for good purpose—Adams is likely to be the most effective receiver within the league. However Rodgers accomplished one go to a receiver not named Adams: a six-yard toss to Allen Lazard. If a nice group remembers it’s in regards to the folks, as Rodgers mentioned final spring, then possibly the quarterback ought to bear in mind to throw to them as soon as in a whereas.
The Packers made a host of different errors, some so small you might need missed them. When the 49ers put Deebo Samuel, maybe essentially the most explosive weapon in soccer, again for a kickoff, the Packers kicked it proper to him. Samuel gratefully returned the kick 45 yards, establishing a 49ers discipline aim.
San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has had some superb moments these days, confirmed precisely why the 49ers are prepared to maneuver on after this season. He threw a traditional Jimmy G interception within the second half—with a play breaking down, he tossed a mild go to George Kittle by the sideline, and it was picked off. He nearly had a couple of others similar to that picked off: weak passes to the surface of the sector.
And given all this, what did the Packers do on the primary play after the two-minute warning?
They left Samuel open in the course of the sector. Apart from a display screen, it was actually the best potential go they might have compelled Garoppolo to finish. He did, for 14 yards, and from there a 49ers win felt inevitable.
The 49ers transfer on to the NFC championship sport, and good on them. No matter occurs from right here, they’re squeezing every little thing they will out of this season. We don’t know the place Rodgers will go from right here, although it would most likely contain a darkish nook of the web. Yeah, yeah. It was a significantly better day for Large Pharma than huge farmers. We’ll cease now.
Rodgers’s postseason report is just not unhealthy—he received a Tremendous Bowl and has made it to 4 different convention championship video games. That’s laborious to do, and individuals who use his report to indicate he’s overrated miss the purpose. Rodgers is without doubt one of the greatest quarterbacks in historical past. That’s why the report is so baffling.
He misplaced one convention championship sport in opposition to the Seahawks when a teammate botched an onside kick restoration. He misplaced one other, in 2020, when 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan solely requested Garoppolo to throw eight passes. (Rodgers threw 39.) He misplaced one other, to the Bucs final yr, when the Packers inexplicably left receiver Scotty Miller in single-coverage on the final play of the primary half, when all they needed to do was defend the tip zone. Miller caught a 39-yard landing go. Rodgers outplayed Tom Brady that day, however it didn’t matter.
And now this—an unpleasant potpourri of terrible particular groups, frozen offense and teamwide tentativeness down the stretch. It price Rodgers a probability at his second Tremendous Bowl win—and it may price the Packers much more. They need to nonetheless do nearly something they will to maintain Rodgers. However the most effective factor they might have completed was win this sport.
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