Aaron Rodgers throws 2 interceptions in the end zone in Green Bay’s first 2 games against the Lions
An already rough season saw an ugly start in Week 9 for Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers quarterback threw an interception in the end zone to end Green Bay’s first possession against the Detroit Lions. On Green Bay’s second possession, he did it again. By game’s end, he had thrown three interceptions in a 15-9 loss that dropped the Packers to 3-6.
The Packers took over for the first time deep in their own territory after the Lions failed to convert on fourth down at the Green Bay 7-yard line. They then drove 88 yards to Detroit’s 5-yard line in 12 plays, setting up a first-and-goal.
There, the Packers opted for a play-action pass. Rodgers’ attempt of Allen Lazard was tipped to the line of scrimmage by the linebacker Derrick Barnes and went up in the air. Rookie safety Kerby Joseph secured the loose ball in the end zone for the first interception of his career.
After forcing a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, the Packers took over near midfield and found themselves on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line after driving 47 yards. Two failed runs and an incomplete pass left the Packers facing fourth-and-goal in a scoreless game. The Packers went for a touchdown. It didn’t work.
Rodgers faked a jumbo set pass, rolled to his right, then floated a pass down the field to his left targeting the left tackle. David Bakhtiari, which he had reported as an eligible receiver. Bakhtiari never had a chance.
The pass was short, and rookie Aidan Hutchinson picked it off in the end zone for his first career interception and another Lions touchdown.
The interceptions ensured that the game remained tied at nil and scored the first time in Rodgers’ career who had thrown two interceptions in the red zone in the same game.
Things didn’t go much better early in the second half, where Green Bay’s second possession ended with another Rodgers pick in Lions territory. This one wasn’t in the end zone, but it was close. On second-and-10 from Detroit’s 23-yard line, Rodgers looked deep over the middle for the tight end. Robert Tonyan on the goal line. Instead, he found Joseph again, who intercepted Rodgers a second time.
The picks were his fifth, sixth and seventh of the season, surpassing his season-high number of interceptions since 2017 midway through Green Bay’s season. Game total or surpass his all-season interception total in 10 of his 14 full seasons as Green Bay’s starting quarterback.
All of which is to say that things went from bad to worse for Rodgers against Detroit. Green Bay entered Sunday with a 3-5 record as Rodgers posted career lows in passing yards per game (225) and per attempt (6.6). The fact that he was struggling so badly against the Lions made him that much harder to watch for Packers fans.
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