Rodgers will be huge factor for Packers in playoffs
GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) >> For years, Aaron Rodgers’ greatness powered the Green Bay Packers’ success.
After a two-year hiatus out of the playoffs, Rodgers again will be a huge key in the postseason.
This time, however, the focus will be on getting the Rodgers-led passing attack back on track. Struggling with long-ball inaccuracy in the first half, Rodgers completed 27 of 55 passes in a 23-20, come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The victory helped give the Packers a first-round bye. As the No. 2 seed, they’ll host a divisional-round game on Jan. 12.
While Rodgers got going in the second half, he was uncharacteristically off the mark for a second consecutive week. In games that he started and wasn’t knocked out because of injury, Rodgers entered the season with only six career games with a completion percentage of less than 50 percent. He’s failed to complete half his passes in back-to-back games.
“We’ve just been off on a lot of plays, whether it’s a guy dropping a ball or maybe the ball is just a tad off,” coach Matt LaFleur said on Monday. “He can’t do it himself. The play around him has got to be better. The guys that have opportunities, they’ve got to make plays.”
The calmness with which we operate in those situations, I think, allows us to really focus and personally allows me to get in my zone as far as what plays I want to get to.” superb effort against the Lions. In 75 snaps, he carried 25 times for 100 yards and caught two passes for 43 yards. With the Packers needing to move into field-goal range on the final drive, he found daylight on a screen pass, broke two tackles and gained 31 yards to set up the winning kick. Jones finished the season with 1,084 rushing yards, 1,558 scrimmage yards and 19 total touchdowns — just one touchdown shy of the franchise record set by Ahman Green in 2003.