Aaron Rodgers wasn’t sure if he wanted Christian Watson to score
The Green Bay Packers trailed most of their game last week against the Chicago Bears. The Packers took their first lead of the game off the leg of Mason Crosby with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter. Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw an interception on the next drive. The Packers then had the ball just under three minutes while nursing a one-point lead. Aaron Rodgers was worried about the clock and almost intentionally stopped a scoring drive.
The Packers needed to beat the Bears to keep their playoff hopes alive. According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Rodgers didn’t want the ball to go back to the Bears’ offense which had been explosive through most of the game. When head coach Matt LaFleur called what Rodgers thought was a sure touchdown, the back-to-back MVP considered nixing it.
“On the sideline Sunday against the Bears, Rodgers questioned his coach’s play call. Not because he thought it would fail. The quarterback had a hunch LaFleur’s play might work too well.
The Packers nursed a one-point lead with two minutes left. Near midfield, they were one first down from passing Chicago for most wins in NFL history. The Bears had all three timeouts, enough to mount a drive if they got the football back. Rodgers knew they would if the Packers ran LaFleur’s play. Because Watson was about to score.
When Rodgers returned to the huddle, he gave the green light.
“All I heard,” Watson says, “was ‘score.’ And that’s what I do.”
Nobody touched Watson as he took the jet sweep and sprinted down the left sideline on his way to the end zone.”
The touchdown didn’t stop the Packers
Watson found the endzone easy. Tight end Marcedes Lewis ensured the quick score wouldn’t cost the Packers as he caught the two-point conversion following Watson’s touchdown. Fortunately for the Packers, the successful play gave momentum to the team as they headed into their bye. Watson is showing each week how explosive he can be. Rodgers is starting to trust him. The two should have a strong connection for the rest of the season if they can begin to make a playoff push.
Aaron Rodgers is a dick. Hth.
Ridiculously misleading title to provoke idiotic comments. This was discussed during the press conference; there were pros and cons to both options. Title intentionally feeding into the “Rodgers is a terrible person” diatribe. Because it sells. Poor reporting.
Why can’t Rodgers just fade into the sunset. Seems like that would be a good thing for all.