Aaron Rodgers and the Packers came up short in the Divisional Round against the 49ers and the quarterback spoke on his much-discussed future after the loss.
Everything was set up for Aaron Rodgers’ proverbial “Last Dance” with the Green Bay Packers to not only end in victorious fashion but, perhaps more importantly to the Lambeau faithful, in a manner that might keep the future Hall of Fame quarterback around. They were the No. 1 seed in the NFC, had an improved defense, and seemed like the obvious favorites.
Instead, things turned sour in an instant as it pertained to Green Bay’s Divisional Round matchup against the 49ers.
Locked in a low-scoring slugfest, the tides turned with under five minutes in the fourth quarter as the Packers’ special teams issues resurfaced at the worst time when a blocked punt was recovered for a touchdown that locked the game at 10-10. Then, Rodgers was unable to do anything when he got the ball back, leading to the 49ers drive that set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
As has been discussed since April’s NFL Draft, Rodgers’ future immediately became a topic of discussion. The quarterback didn’t say anything definitive but did offer what’s next for him in terms of making a decision.
He also added that he didn’t “want to be part of a rebuild” in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers will ‘take some time’ to think about future with Packers
Though there is nothing definitive in Rodgers’ statements after the loss to the 49ers, his comments do come off a bit ominous.
For a player who has been rumored to be unhappy with the organization, having another premature playoff exit and no shot at a Super Bowl (in terms of making it to the big game) once again doesn’t seem favorable to him staying. Moreover, him even likening the Packers to a rebuilding team is another bad sign.
At this point, we do have to take him at face value — though that has been quite dangerous in the past year — in that he’ll take some time to mull his options and talk to people. But if we’re in the business of reading tea leaves, the signs don’t seem great for Packers fans who want Aaron Rodgers to come back for 2022 and beyond.