It was never going to be easy. The Green Bay Packers were facing an excellent defense without Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, David Bakhtiari, and Elgton Jenkins.
And it showed. The Packers couldn't get out of their own way for three quarters, falling 17-0 behind to the New Orleans Saints, and all hope was seemingly lost.
In many ways, it was perfect for this young team—especially Jordan Love. With everything falling apart, Love had a chance to step up and carry his team. The defense did their job, limiting the Saints to only 10 points, the other seven coming on a punt-return touchdown.
Now, it was over to Love to find a spark on offense and lead his team to victory. The rest was history, and head coach Matt LaFleur couldn't be prouder.
Matt LaFleur sounded like a proud parent after Jordan Love led Packers to magical win
Love found the end zone twice, one rushing and one passing, both times on 80-yard drives. It was a comeback for the ages, and Love stepped up like all great franchise quarterbacks do.
LaFleur sounded like a proud parent postgame.
"The poise that he shows is really remarkable. The leadership that he shows is unbelievable. I go down there before we take a drive, and he's talking to all the guys, encouraging everybody," said LaFleur. "Everybody in that locker room is going to fight for Jordan Love."
LaFleur noted that it wasn't easy for Love in his first few seasons. But now that he's the starter, Love has grown in confidence.
"We're seeing what he's all about. He's a competitive dude, and I think he's learned a lot over these last couple of years from one of the all-time greats. It's cool to see his personality come out, his fight, and his playmaking ability," said LaFleur.
When the Packers needed their quarterback to step up and make plays, he was there. Great quarterbacks win games in the fourth quarter. Love did everything right with the game on the line.
There's a lot to fix from this performance. We can't forget the opening three quarters. Love didn't get much help from his receivers dropping passes or his offensive linemen drawing flags.
But great quarterbacks overcome those obstacles. We don't yet know if Love will become a star, but he certainly was in the fourth quarter.