Aaron Rodgers had a splint on his injured left knee. He had blood on his white sleeve that covered his left arm on Lambeau Field on a cool October night. He looked particularly gimpy after he was dismissed in the last minute of the match on Monday against the San Francisco 49ers.
matter. Even if Rodgers is not quite right, even though he's not exactly himself, he's still good enough to summon Crunchtime Quarterback magic and overcome the Green Bay Packers deficiencies elsewhere on the pitch. Rodgers made it again on Monday, and the Packers escaped with a 33-30 triumph over the low Niners on a redeemable field goal after the time of kicker Mason Crosby.
"I appreciate Aaron a little closer for the chip shot," Crosby told ESPN shortly afterwards.
Rodgers said at his postgame news conference, "It's very apropos."
Little has gone exactly as written for the Packers this season. Rodgers injured his left knee on the opening night and was taken off the field in a car. Packers fans had visions of a repeat of last season when Rodgers missed nine games after a broken collarbone and cost the team their series of eight direct playoff appearances.
Of course, Rodgers returned to the field that night to orchestrate a match of dramatic comeback victory over the Chicago Bears. He has stayed in the lineup ever since, sometimes looking like himself and not so much.
He is said to have suffered a setback in the previous Packers game, a loss in Detroit. Hall of famer quarterback Steve Young said at mid-day the ESPN broadcast on Monday that it is clear to him Rodgers is not healthy that Rodgers can not be leg and drive through his throws as he wants Rodgers can & # 39;
Yet even on such a night, Rodgers threw 425 yards and two touchdowns to 25 for 46 pass. And that came without hurting wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.
The Packers needs all the Rodgers exploits. They fought the 49ers, arguably the worst team in the NFL, after losing their own franchise quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, against a season-end knee injury. Fill-in quarterback C. J. Beethard provided a first-half touch-down pass of 67 and 30 feet to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.
The Packers tightened, 24-20, at halftime. They were still back, 30-23, late in the fourth quarter. Then Rodgers went to work.
He tied the game down with a touchdown praise to wide receiver Davante Adams with even less than two minutes. The Niners had the chance to win after a long kickoff return and a later out-of-bounds attack on the Packers. But Beathard threw an interception.
The Packers had extended their final drive on an illegal contact penalty against cornerback Richard Sherman on a third-down sack, the game on which Rodgers appeared to complicate his knee injury. Even so, he struggled 21 yards in the next game, but then had a trio of completions on sideline patterns, as the 49ers inexplicably allowed Green Bay's wideouts to leave again and again.
That made it relatively easy for Crosby to score 27 yards. It was the fourth field goal in four attempts at night for Crosby, who recovered from a career-worst performance against the Lions, in which he missed four field goals and one extra point.
"He had a rough last week," Rodgers told ESPN. "But we love Mase …. That was a big kick for us, it will be a nice reunion week."
The Packers set a record of 3-2-1, the Minnesota Vikings and the 3-2 Bears the NFC North, goodbye. Rodgers now has some time to heal his knee a bit. He has lobbying to play without a brace after saying goodbye. The packers' season still has opportunities, though their immediate plan after getting up is bringing street games in L. A. against the mighty Rams and then in New England.
"It's quiet," Rodgers said. "And then we look at our schedule and it gets very difficult. We will find out what kind of team we are."
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