During his future Hall of Fame career, Aaron Rodgers developed a reputation for running dragsters into an opponent’s heart at any given opportunity. That’s why the Green Bay Packers have been so successful, unleashing many different variations of the Lambeau leap during his tenure over the last 15 years. That trend didn’t seem so certain to continue early on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
While doing some live analysis of the game on “ManningCast” with Peyton and Eli Manning, Rodgers’ deep shot to Allen Lazard at the end of the first quarter came into focus. Both saw the play develop exactly as expected and with Rodgers unleashing a trademark accurate dart on target from his pass that was clearly fully conceived.
That … didn’t happen. Instead, the Green Bay QB sent it over Lazard’s head for an interception intended for Taylor Rapp — much to the quiet shock of the two Manning brothers:
Peyton and Eli Manning react to an Aaron Rodgers interception and break up. #MNF #manningcast pic.twitter.com/6hm1Xhdu4f
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 20, 2022
I’m amazed at how calm both Mannings are after Rapp gets the ball. I mean, I applaud Tenor for avoiding getting too sentimental of a response, but it also seems like they expected more from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, right? The shocked/confused look on Rodgers’ face after the throw says it all.
Luckily for Rodgers and the Packers, they would defeat the Rams 24–12 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. But I won’t soon forget how two other Super Bowl winning QBs seemed at a loss for words on Rodgers interceptions.
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