Aaron Rodgers told the media this week his expectations are that the Green Bay Packers offense should move the ball into scoring position EVERY possession. Against a very good 49ers defense, the Packers accomplished that four out of 10 possessions. It’s a good sign that this doesn’t sit well with Rodgers, who incidentally finished the game with an excellent 102 quarterback rating.
The offense didn’t need to be perfect for the win on Sunday. Maybe it just needed to be better on two plays to erase the six-point difference in the final score.
While watching the coaches’ film of the game via NFL Rewind, one play stood out in the “missed opportunity” category that really wasn’t that evident while watching the live telecast.
It was on third down and seven yards to go at the Packers own 43 yard line with the game scoreless in the first quarter. Rodgers appeared hurried and overthrew Eddie Lacy. After the play, commentator Troy Aikman noted how open Lacy was. But the camera angles shown on the broadcast didn’t give the fans the complete picture.
Check this out, courtesy of NFL Rewind coaches’ film and my new telestrator skills.
Lacy is circled in the lower left corner after diving for the overthrown ball. The three circles in the middle are the nearest 49er defenders. If the ball was thrown better, it appears Lacy may have had a clear shot at getting inside the 49er 40-yard line, and close to scoring position.
The other play that stands out in the missed opportunity category comes as no surprise: the Jermichael Finley drop that turned into an interception. Watching it again on the coaches’ film simply accentuates the open field Finley had in front of him. If Finley catches the ball, Reid probably takes him down near the 49ers 40-yard line with 4:33 left in the first half. Very close to another scoring attempt.
While many are taking the Packer defense to task for its missed plays, it’s Rodgers who is stepping out there and saying his offense needs to score more. “Regardless of how many points our defense gives up or doesn’t give up, we gotta outscore the opponent. It’s about us.”
If there were quarterback rating points awarded for class, Rodgers deserves some for that comment.