You should not inform Aaron Rodgers that Super Bowl LV is at Raymond James Stadium.
That hasn’t been the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s joyful area.
Twice he has left Tampa, Florida, wounded: a shoulder in 2008 and a calf in 2014.
He showed up there Sunday hoping for a little something different, saying last 7 days: “I’m hoping the third time is the allure.”
There was practically nothing charming about Sunday. Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions, including a rare decide on-6, and the Packers (4-1) misplaced for the very first time this season, 38-10 to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2).
“You don’t ever want to get rid of like this,” Rodgers explained. “I felt like we wanted a minor little bit of a wake-up phone at some place this time due to the fact matters have been so excellent and there is certainly been so significantly discuss perhaps outdoors the creating about the ease with which we’re moving the ball on offense and scoring. I assume we wanted sort of a kick in the ass a very little bit.
“There is a very little bit of wake-up to stop emotion ourselves so a lot and get back to the items that obtained us to this situation. I assume this would be, sadly but fortuitously, a little something we can definitely increase from.”
Rodgers experienced been interception-cost-free on his to start with 156 passes of the season, but on No. 157, he threw one to Buccaneers basic safety Jamel Dean. It turned into something even more rare for Rodgers: a decide-six. In advance of that enjoy, Rodgers had thrown 6,214 instances in his career and only two of people experienced been intercepted and returned for scores. On his 6,215th toss, it happened for a third time. That is just a single decide on-6 for every single 2,071 throws, but two of them have arrive at Tampa Bay (the other was his initial ever, in 2009).
“That s— happens,” Rodgers explained. “I haven’t had a large amount of those more than the decades. But the wind was blowing very excellent proper to left, and like I reported, I felt excellent about the location. I understood it was tight, we have strike throws like that, but I skipped on my place by likely a foot or so. And the child built a superior play.”
Dean’s 32-property interception return for a touchdown when he jumped an out route by broad receiver Davante Adams in the second quarter commenced a run of 38 consecutive factors by Tampa Bay soon after the Packers led 10-. Two passes afterwards, Rodgers got picked off yet again — this just one on another throw meant for Adams, a slant that appeared to be deflected by cornerback Carlton Davis or tipped by Adams. Possibly way, it landed in the palms of protection Mike Edwards.
It was just the 2nd time in Rodgers’ vocation that he has thrown interceptions on consecutive very first-fifty percent drives (and the 1st time in virtually seven many years).
“Absolutely swung the momentum in their favor and when we arrived back again out. Give all the credit score in the planet to Tampa,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur claimed. “The very first [interception], Aaron threw with some anticipation, and the corner squatted all above it and built a excellent play. Second just one, I realized we had a miscommunication out there. We weren’t in the correct look. … Regardless, most likely should’ve popped a timeout. Failed to glance ideal. Sure ample, it obtained batted all around and got picked. A substantial section of the game.”
Right until those people two throws, it looked like a different Rodgers-led Eco-friendly Bay masterpiece was in the is effective. The Packers dominated the to start with quarter with a discipline intention and a touchdown (a 1-lawn run by Aaron Jones) on the 1st two drives. Even soon after it turned speedily to a 14-10 Bucs lead, Rodgers experienced his chances. He skipped a wide-open up Marcedes Lewis for what might have been a 75-garden landing to destroy 1 push and then bought sacked to finish the next one particular just after Jamaal Williams missed a blitz pickup.
“I will not sense like we at any time got into a rhythm, or even the 10 points to commence the sport,” Rodgers claimed. “We had off-scheduled performs to continue to keep our drives alive. They are entitled to credit history. They received us out of our rhythm.”
The Buccaneers’ swarming defense pressured Rodgers 12 occasions, the most everyone has gotten to Rodgers this year. Rodgers went just 2-of-7 for 10 yards with 4 sacks and a scramble when pressured. Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles blitzed Rodgers 17 occasions, and Rodgers went 5-of-14 with two sacks and each of his interceptions. It was tied for the most blitzes he has faced in excess of the previous two seasons, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Information and facts.
“I imagined Todd combined it up definitely, genuinely superior with his fronts, blitzes [and] coverages,” Buccaneers mentor Bruce Arians reported of Bowles. “You do not generally get Aaron perplexed I don’t assume I’ve at any time found him puzzled. When you start out jogging him down and chasing him out of there — early in the match he chased out and he made a large amount of performs. We just kept chasing, it hemmed him up a little bit, and we received some hits on him. The defensive line, linebackers and the secondary — it was a good defensive efficiency.”
Rodgers finished 16-of-35 for 160 yards without a touchdown and the two interceptions just before mentor Matt LaFleur enable Tim Boyle finish the activity. Rodgers’ passer rating of 35.4 was the second-lowest in a match he has begun and failed to depart because of damage. His only worse score was on Dec. 14, 2014, at Buffalo (34.3).
He dropped to 1-3 versus the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, but at the very least he arrived away balanced this time.
The very same can’t be stated for at least just one other important member of the offense. All-Professional left deal with David Bakhtiari left in the 2nd 50 percent with a upper body harm and did not return. The Packers finished the recreation with Rick Wagner at left tackle. They also finished the recreation without having a pair of defensive starters: defensive deal with Tyler Lancaster (shoulder) and protection Darnell Savage (quadriceps).
While Bakhtiari could not end the video game, LaFleur explained the preliminary indicator is that it is not a lengthy-term concern.
Though there is still a extensive way to go, this game could have implications down the street, specially when it will come to playoff-seeding tiebreakers. Less than Rodgers, the Packers have played in 4 NFC Championship Video games. All of them have been on the street. If this decline indicates the Packers have to go back to Tampa just before the Super Bowl, they may not have to worry about where the ultimate recreation of the 2020 period will be performed.
“You can under no circumstances definitely get at ease in this league,” LaFleur mentioned. “As before long as you get cozy, you get your butt whipped.”