Before Green Bay’s epic collapse against the San Francisco 49ers, Aaron Rodgers was asked if he knew in his heart what he was going to do with his career at the end of the Packers’ season.
“I don’t,” Rodgers told NFL Network’s Kay Adams. “I want to know what it feels like at zeroes in our last game.”
When the clock reached zeroes on Saturday, Robbie Gould’s game-winning kick was flying through the uprights at Lambeau Field as the 49ers beat Green Bay 13-10 and eliminated the Packers from the playoffs for the fourth time in 10 years. It was a brutal collapse after San Francisco started the game with four 3-and-outs on offense. The 49ers had negative 10 yards of offense midway through the second quarter.
But while the Packers’ defense was dominant, their special teams gave up 10 points in a 13-10 game. Green Bay allowed a blocked field goal, costing itself three points late in the first half, then allowed a blocked punt that San Francisco returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Adding insult to injury, on the final play of the game, the Packers only had 10 defenders on the field to defend Gould’s game-winner—despite coming out of a timeout. This may be the lasting image of Green Bay’s season.
The NFL’s worst special teams unit turned in one of the worst special teams performances in NFL playoff history … and appears to have had only 10 men on the field for the winning field goal. pic.twitter.com/bJvPtHYXkQ
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 23, 2022
Green Bay’s offense was essentially silenced after a touchdown on its opening drive. The Packers scored three points on their final nine drives. They had six straight possessions without a point, the first time a Rodgers-led Packers team has done that since Week 1. Green Bay now has the dubious distinction of having the most regular-season wins in a three-year span without a Super Bowl appearance.
“A little numb,” Rodgers said when asked how he was feeling after the game. “I didn’t think it was going to end like this.”
Few did. Now the Packers must pick up the pieces and pivot to an even larger…