The Packers’ playoff run got here to an finish as a result of Aaron Rodgers did not.
The Inexperienced Bay QB’s decision-making course of seldom comes underneath hearth, however a curious alternative to not run for a landing late within the fourth quarter of the NFC championship sport has many questioning him.
For a third-and-goal from the 11-yard line, Rodgers had — seemingly — plenty of grass to run in for a rating, one thing that he has been wont to do all through his profession. However as an alternative of tucking and operating, Rodgers tried forcing a go to Davante Adams, with the ball hitting the turf. The Packers would internet three factors on the drive.
The Packers would go on to lose 31-26 after being unable to cease the Buccaneers on the following possession, and plenty of viewers have been left with a giant query: Why did not Rodgers run the ball in?
Why didn’t Aaron Rodgers run the ball in???
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) January 24, 2021
No extra excuses for Aaron Rodgers both. YALL HARD ON BREES SO BE HARD ON THAT MAN TOO. You had grass to run, you had 3 turnovers, and many others.
— Jackson⚜️ (@jacko_boll) January 24, 2021
aaron rodgers ought to have run it and (checks notes) they need to’ve gone for it as an alternative of kicking the sphere aim
— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) January 24, 2021
Whereas there is not any assure that Rodgers would have gotten in, it definitely would have been shut, particularly with Jason Pierre-Paul having an angle on Rodgers. It additionally seems that Rodgers was staring down the center of the sphere whereas trying to throw, so there is a respectable probability that he did not see all of the free actual property to his proper within the second.
After the sport, Rodgers appeared ambiguous on his future in Packers inexperienced and gold, saying that his future was “unsure” and “unknown,” and that he will spend time away from the sphere to type issues out this offseason.
Hopefully the choice to not run will not follow him when making that call.