Just two weeks ago, the Packers were seemingly perfect; a 6-0 record, and two games ahead in the NFC North. Only two weeks later, the Packers are 0-2 coming off of the bye week, and frustrations are boiling over.
As reported by ESPN, late in the fourth quarter of the game, frustration boiled over between Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, B.J. Raji, and Julius Peppers.
Trailing 37-14 in the game, Peppers and Clinton-Dix were reportedly engaging in a heated argument on the sideline when Raji arrived to intervene. Then, Raji forcefully shoved Clinton-Dix after an exchange of words. Though, it is unclear what was said, and the extent of the argument.
Clinton-Dix later apologized via Twitter.
“I apologize for my play and sidelines issues. We are good just two emotional guys with heart and passion trying to find away to win,” Clinton-Dix tweeted. “I will never disrespect a HOF player and a guy I’ve been watching since I was a little kid. Misunderstanding, I apologize to my packer Fans.”
Though the specifics of the altercation were left unanswered, the Packers are frustrated after losing two straight games after the bye week. The first time quarterback Aaron Rodgers has lost two consecutive games as the Packer’s starter.
In this span of wins, Rodgers is now 14-1 following a loss, including 45 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Although the Packer’s suffered a loss on Sunday, Rodgers was able to have an efficient showing.
Early and often, the Packers were required to gain yardage through the air. In the second quarter particularly, the Packers were outscored 24-0, and were forced to exhibit a second-half revival; a revival that was at the hands of Rodgers.
Coming out of halftime, Rodgers and the Packers marched down the field and found the end-zone in a one-minute drive that was concluded with a 53-yard touchdown reception by Randall Cobb. This play stemmed what looked to be a late-game turnaround for the Packers.
Trailing 34-17 in the fourth, Rodgers and the Packer’s offense put together a six-play, 79 yard drive that was capped off by a James Starks receiving touchdown. Starks took a plethora of the repetitions following Eddie Lacy’s departure in the third quarter due to an undisclosed groin injury. The severity of Lacey’s injury remains unknown.
The Packers had one last chance after their second consecutive 4th quarter touchdown, with six seconds left. At the 21-yard line, Rodgers passed short to Starks, who then lateraled the ball trying to find the end zone. The Packers couldn’t find the end zone as time expired, conclusively downing the Packers to 6-2.
This loss for the Packers marks their second straight, and now puts the Packers in a deadlock for first place in the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams square off on Nov. 22 for the first time this season.
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