Aaron Rodgers Throws Three Interceptions for First Time Since 2017
A difficult season for Aaron Rodgers hit rock bottom on Sunday in Detroit when he threw three interceptions before the end of the third quarter, his highest single-game total in almost five years.
The mistakes from the Packers quarterback came early and often in the NFC North tilt against the Lions, beginning when he threw a pass that was picked off in the end zone by safety Kerby Joseph on Green Bay’s first drive of the game. On the Packers’ second possession, a Rodgers fourth-down pass was intercepted by 2022 No. Aidan Hutchinson was the 2nd pick.
After Rodgers came out of the locker room at the halftime break, things didn’t get any better for Rodgers. Just five minutes into the third quarter Rodgers threw another interception, this time to Joseph. All three picks were in the red zone. This was the first time Rodgers has given the ball away within striking distance of scoring a touchdown.
Sunday’s performance was the first time since 2017 that Rodgers threw three interceptions in a single game and just the fifth time ever–in 236 career starts–he’s reached the unfortunate milestone. The last time he was picked off three times was in Week 15 of the ’17 campaign against the Panthers. To make matters worse Rodgers’s poor showing was against a porous Lions defence that entered Sunday’s game with an ugly record of 1-6. Detroit entered the contest ranked last among the league in yards allowed per match and points .
Rodgers managed to finally produce a positive highlight late in the third quarter when he found Allen Lazard for a 20-yard touchdown. However, the interception-laden performance dug the Packers into a hole that even the future Hall of Famer wasn’t able to dig out of as Green Bay fell to 3-6 with a 15-9 loss to their division rivals.
Rodgers ended the game 23-of-43 with 291 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
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