Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets annoyed when people ask him about not having many fourth quarter comeback wins on his resume. Rodgers usually points out that he’s won a lot of games in the second and third quarter, making any type of late comeback unnecessary.
The Packers had one of those game-clinching opportunities late in the second quarter on Sunday against the Colts. Instead of putting the game away, the Packers went three-and-out and everything unraveled from there.
After Adam Vinatieri missed a 53-yard field goal, the Packers had the ball on their own 43 with 1 minute, 17 seconds left in the first half. The offense was rolling, the Colts were reeling, and another score — even a field goal — would have probably been the deciding blow.
Time to end this one early, right? Unfortunately, the Packers did just the opposite.
Rodgers hit John Kuhn for six yards on the drive’s first play, then missed Jordy Nelson, then saw Jermichael Finley drop another pass (the drop was bad, but it was also a weird play call, Finley likely would not have reached the first-down marker even if he caught it).
We’ve seen some pathetic efforts from the Packers offense this season, but that drive might have been the worst.
We can complain about the bad defense, we can pound our fists about the dropped passes, we can curse Mike McCarthy for not running the ball or being more imaginative on offense, we can wonder what happened to the 2011 version of Rodgers, and we can shake our heads at Mason Crosby’s choke job at the end of the game. All of those criticisms are valid.
But it all comes back to that pathetic drive, in my opinion.
Make it 28-3 at halftime and there’s no way the Colts mount any sort of comeback. Score on that drive and Rodgers can go on his Tuesday radio show and tell everyone how he won another game well before the fourth quarter, no comeback necessary.
Instead Rodgers has to spend Tuesday’s show explaining how the Packers lost despite leading by 18 at halftime, their largest blown halftime lead since November of 1957.
The quarterback could make his explanation simple by just talking about that terrible drive at the end of the first half.