Just like that, with everything aligned and the road to the Super Bowl going through Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers’ 2021 season is kaput.
And suddenly, unexpectedly early, the franchise-shifting decisions of the 2022 offseason are on the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. There is plenty of responsibility to go around for the Packers’ stunning 13-10 loss to San Francisco in the divisional round of the playoffs Saturday night. The special teams that had been a disaster all season will deservedly get blame, though they hardly stand alone.
The truth is, the NFL’s presumptive MVP has to shoulder the bulk of responsibility for this defeat. Putting up only 10 points in a playoff game at home was stunning when this team had chance after chance to pull away. But the real killer was that with the Packers’ season on the line and the chance to engineer a game-winning drive in the final 4½ minutes, Rodgers went three-and-out.."- Pete Dougherty, 'Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers Must Shoulder Blame For Brutal Loss', Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Sunday
When I think of Aaron Rodgers now, I think of phrases like "pride goeth before a fall." I think of the word "hubris." But my thoughts are entirely disconnected from judgment about the reasons for that Green Bay loss to San Francisco. It was just a blocked punt followed by a fluke touchdown that determined how the Packers lost.
Aaron Rodgers, who now seems firmly in the Fox/Trump/Alex Jones netherworld, was, for awhile there, the hero I thought would diminish the stereotype that football players are just dumb jocks with gold chains, big mansions, fancy cars, and nary a book on their shelves.
So, who's the dumb fuck now?