The Green Bay Packers watched their season come to a disappointing end on Sunday, with a last second loss to the San Francisco 49ers as veteran kicker Phil Dawson managed to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.
After the game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke out about the loss and took some blame for his poor performance in the less than stellar conditions.
“Frustrating way to end the season,” Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think a lot of us felt with the way things had gone the last four or five weeks that there was something special about this year, and everything might be aligning right for us to make a run. So, I’m very disappointed.Personally, it’s frustrating not to play your best game. Tough conditions, but the defense held them to 23 points. We should win that game.
“It’s frustrating. I think you have to start with yourself, and I could have definitely made a few more plays. That’s why it’s disappointing. These opportunities are pretty special, and you’ve got to make the most of them. It’s been nine years for me now. [I've been] blessed to play that long and would love to play another nine if possible. But this is an opportunity we let slip through our fingers.”
Rodgers finished the game with 17 of 26 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers offense failed to get things going early, which resulted in numerous punts and opportunities for the 49ers offense, so it is nice to see Rodgers showing some leadership and taking a personal responsibility for his performance.
Of course, there were many more problems than just Rodgers for the Packers on Sunday, and now they will have a full offseason to work out the kinks.