“I threw a lot of wobblers tonight”

As snow whirled through Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers’ realistic playoff ambitions likely fluttered away, too.

Amid an atypical Wisconsin fall, Aaron Rodgers missed badly on countless shots in the final unconventional chapter and the Packers were booed by cold and disenfranchised fans in Thursday night’s 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

“Interesting,” Rodgers said of the boos. “That’s the best I can give you.”

In the evening, Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 94.7 rating. It’s hardly a bad night at first glance, but in the course of Green Bay’s sixth loss in the last seven games, Rodgers has failed on passes he’s long had just right. And on Thursday he missed a few badly.

Rodgers admitted his game was subpar but wasn’t sure why it happened, though he was quick to not blame the injured right thumb he’s been nursing since Week 5.

“There’s one thing I can’t tell you to point out,” said the two-time reigning AP NFL Most Valuable Player. “I won’t apologize about my thumb, it’s the same since New York. I dont know. I have to go back and see it. It felt like I was basically in a good place. I just didn’t have the same kind of constant grip and the ball comes out the same way. I threw a lot of wobblers tonight. There was some wind. I just missed a few throws that I should have made.

With thoughts of a comeback still dancing through their minds, 27-17, the Packers walked away with no points over their last four possessions early in the fourth quarter.

There was a three-and-out with two incompletions. Then there was another three-and-out, ending when Rodgers missed a wide-open Sammy Watkins on a crossing route by at least three yards on the third down. After that, the Packers turned it around on downs when Rodgers drove a ball 10 yards past Allen Lazard in fourth and third. Green Bay’s last possession fell short again in fourth, this time with Aaron Jones stuffed in fourth and 1 without a win.

This isn’t the Packers team anyone expected at the start of the season, and these aren’t the Rodgers anyone ever expected.

After an overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys, there was reason to believe a turnaround might be imminent. All thoughts of such a reversal were banned by the titans.

“I think last week showed us a lot, the possibilities,” Rodgers said. “This week we didn’t play so free in all three phases.”

While it’s still technically fall, it’s more than likely the Packers are in the winter of their 2022 season. They’re currently 10th in the NFC rankings and seem to have been searching for their identity, for a rhythm, for anything all season to keep their expectations alive.

Rodgers is still a believer, but much like too many of his passes on Thursday, these playoff hopes seem erratic.

“We have to fulfill our potential,” Rodgers said. “If we play to our potential, we can win our last six games. I’m confident.


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