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Aaron Rodgers’ Response to Loss Telling

It’s been mentioned numerous times in one way or another. The Green Bay Packers could face the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs and thus, they did themselves no favors in losing on Sunday night.

The Falcons are a different team at home on turf than they are on the road, on grass. The Packers’ best chance to beat them would be in Lambeau Field.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked if he felt his team closed the gap on the Falcons since the NFC Championship blowout. His response was telling.

“I think we can beat anybody at home. So I don’t know. We don’t look at it as closing the gap. Obviously, if it comes down to some sort of tiebreaker when we get down into December and January, this game could be a big one and we might have to come back here. But I think we can beat anyone at home.”

Clearly, Rodgers knew what was potentially at stake in that game. He also obviously doesn’t want to play in Atlanta again.

The response also suggests Rodgers isn’t confident the Packers can win in Atlanta. And that’s fine, because neither is anyone else. The Falcons are built for speed and they play in the perfect environment for that type of team. Outside on grass, they’re just like anybody else.

Rodgers said it after the NFC Championship game — we need home-field advantage in the playoffs. It wasn’t the Packers night for any number of reasons, but everyone knows they squandered a huge opportunity.

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  1. MMTTDCSUCK September 18, 2017

    Right from the start MM decides to “defer” the kickoff . . . Why is this fuck still a coach? As soon as I heard it I said to my wife that this would not end well with Atlanta. So hey! let’s give Atlanta a head start, in a new stadium opening, while we try these two new tackles out! No problem! We’ve got this! . . . Yeah, sure . . . Good lord! MM really is a “Buffoon”.

    1. Skinny September 18, 2017

      Yea. That and how the fuck that by week 2 you lose your top 3 tackles? How the fuck is that even possible? Joe Blow is now protecting Aaron Rodgers blind side. How the fuck the Packers can pick up some dude off the street to protect the franchise and still have the balls to say, “next man up” is beyond me. But we got 5 RBs on the roster. We don’t run the damn ball, but dammitt we got 5 guys we think at some point can.

      1. PF4L September 18, 2017

        Skinny…i’m not being a smart ass, but who is this 3rd tackle? I heard this somewhere else also, and i’m seriously confused.

        1. Skinny September 18, 2017

          Spriggs is the third tackle. But that’s like saying I’m out of peanut and jelly would you just like some butter on your bread?

    2. Ferris September 18, 2017

      The reason he is still the coach is very simple. Aaron Rodgers. No matter the mistakes, the brain farts as Rob says, the sheer incompetent decisions, he gets bailed out in a lot (not all) cases by Rodgers and has a high winning percentage. Hard to fire a “winner”. As soon as they said Packers won the toss and this idiot deferred, we all knew at that moment the game was over. At least 2 games in now everyone knows the GB corners cannot cover anyone unless there is a killer pass rush and the QB makes bad throws. If they lose to the Bengals McCarthy should be fired 30 seconds after the game.

      1. PF4L September 18, 2017

        I figured the game was over before the coin toss, when it was announced our 2 starting tackles were inactive. I really thought we had a chance before that. With a healthy line, and Rodgers, i think we always have chance at least. Then Jordy, Daniels got injured, we couldn’t run the ball (shocking, i know).

        Once again, the Falcons let up, at halftime they were on pace for over 500 yards, and 48 points, but they let off the gas like they usually do, and the offense only scored 3 points and gained about 100 yards in the 2nd half. Kind of like they did against us last time. You think they would have learned from the Super Bowl.

        1. MJ September 18, 2017

          Yesss! The sole idea of us mounting a comeback is ridiculous. They let up because their defense was still getting it done. I bet they know against whom they can or can’t let up. The Chiefs continued pummeling the Patriots because they knew they were renowned for their resilience and in-game adjustments to get back in a game. The Falcons let up just like in the NFCCG because we had no chance whatsoever, both because of the available time and by how we were playing.

  2. Skinny September 18, 2017

    I hate when he says that they can beat anybody at home. The numbers don’t show that. The only upper level team they have generally handled at home in recent years is Seattle. Every one of the other “elite” NFL teams that comes to GB usually kicks their ass. Plus I don’t get why they fear Atlanta’s home field. They placed their best overall game in a decade in Atlanta with that NFC division game in 11. They should feel like damn kings down there.

    1. Kato September 18, 2017

      This team is completely different than that team. The only key players from that team that are left are Rodgers, Jordy, Bulaga, Crosby, and Matthews.

      The problem I see now is there may be a bit of a mental block if they do go back down there in the playoffs. Neither of the last two games there have been all that close. Short of Atlanta having some major injury issues on offense, they are in trouble if they have to go down there.

  3. PF4L September 18, 2017

    Yea….i can remember the Packers steam rolling everyone on the road going to the Super Bowl, piling up a ton of injury’s on top of that, and it didn’t matter..Super Bowl Champions. Now…it’s every excuse under the sun. Maybe the difference was we had better defensive talent and depth back then.

    Whether it’s injuries, home field, the refs or whatever excuse….at some point, after years and years and years, doesn’t reality have to set in at some point that this current regime just simply isn’t getting it done?

    I’ll wait patiently for these 2 new fantastic tight ends that were (are) going to flip defenses on their heads with 2 tight end sets creating mass confusion across the line of scrimmage?

  4. Xlvordie September 18, 2017

    In the 2010-11 superbowl run the next man up worked because they werent a bunch of pussies. Guys WANTED to get to play, they WANTED to be a part of that run.

    1. Cheese September 20, 2017

      Exactly. Nick Collins gets and INT and takes it to the house like a fucking boss. Burnett gets an INT, has 15 yards of open field in front of him, and slides to the turf like a bitch. Doesn’t even run it to field goal range. After the game he said he had no regrets. Blame it on Peppers if you want, it’s still a bitch move. Hang on to the ball and GO!

  5. Xlvordie September 18, 2017

    I’m not convinced Cobb, Bulaga,Baktihari, or even Daniels couldn’t have played in or finished that game. I think they saw a potential massacre and started grabbing body parts and grimacing.
    The only one who is getting a benifit of doubt from me is Jordy.

    1. Kato September 18, 2017

      Didnt Bulaga start in that super bowl?

  6. Xlvordie September 18, 2017

    I also really think the Rodgers-Bennett connection needs to be evaluated. He is looking for Bennett WAY to often on passing downs. I don’t have any numbers to back this but I feel he did the same thing with Finnley in 2010, and once finley was injured the offense changed for the better. The ball seemed to get spread more and all WRs had to be considered a threat.

    Again I have nothing statistical to back my statement here..but it seems the offensive and Rodgers are at thier best when he is not forcing the ball towards that ONE guy. Saw it with finley, saw it with Adams 2 years ago, seeing it with Bennett right now.
    Just my opinion.

    1. Empacador September 18, 2017

      That was McCarthy integrating his new toy Finley into the focal point of the offense at the beginning of 2010. Once Finley was out for the season McCarthy was forced to modify the offense, which made the Packers better in the end. I do agree that Rodgers’ seemed to be looking for Bennett a lot Sunday night. However, I expect the ball to continue to be forced to Bennett, much like they did in 2015 when our boy Davante Adams was dropping everything in sight as you already mentioned. At least the Packers will be consistent and continue to run the offense the same way they have been for the last 7 seasons.

  7. Danforth Cuntingdon-Smythe September 18, 2017

    In the NFCGC, fatass kicks off to a team with an explosive offense in their own stadium, giving them the momentum and they never look back. On Sunday, fatass kicks off to a team with an explosive offense playing their first game in their new stadium, giving them the momentum and they never look back. WHAT A FUCKING MORON! NOT ONCE, BUT FUCKING TWICE! YOU DUMB MOTHERFUCKER!

    Ted Thompson and Mark Murphy have ass-raped and fuck-fucked this team. Thompson’s drafting has been dogshit. As much as I want to go after Dom Capers, when Thompson provided Capers with a decent level of defensive talent, we won the Super Bowl.

    But ever since… Who the fuck besides Thompson

    1- saw Mike Neal in the second round? Out of the league.
    2- Jerel Worthy in the second round was a total fucking bust.
    3- Casey Hayward has been doing well since leaving Green Bay. How about a one-year -prove in contract.
    4- Datone Jones has been a bust and is probably out of the league
    5- Rollins and Randall, two defensive backs drafted in the same year are on the brink
    6- Khyri Thornton, a fifth round prospect taken in the third, who contributed less than fuck all. WHAT THE FUCK!?!

    And Mark Murphy sitting back allowing this to happen: shitty drafting and keeping McFatass around. I think Capers is comes out best in this clusterfuck because compared to these three fuck-knuckles. He hasn’t been given much to work with, and has to deal with a pussy coach who is too afraid to turn the knife and twist and allow 12 to do his thing, forcing more pressure on the defense.

    AR is the best QB I’ve ever seen. Unless McFatass goes, he will have only one ring. Time to throw the season; it is the only way to force change.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK September 18, 2017

      Here! here!

      1. MMTTDCSUCK September 18, 2017

        Hear! Hear! lol! auto correct!

    2. Savage57 September 19, 2017

      Best. Username. Ever.

      Glad to see you haven’t lost your edge.

  8. Mike K September 19, 2017

    Don’t forget that 5 Star pick….Justin Harrell

  9. Mike K September 19, 2017

    or……….The Cadaver refusing to part with that 3rd round draft pick for Marshawn Lynch back in 2011. Pure Genius move by anal sphincter TT

  10. icebowl September 19, 2017

    Remember the Seneca Wallace experiment…