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Aaron Rodgers blames first INT in opener on getting hit in the pills

Packers QB says he took a ‘double nut shot’ on his first interception against the Saints on the Pat McAfee show on Tuesday morning.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field on September 12, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers probably had the worst start to the 2021 NFL season of any team. QB Aaron Rodgers had perhaps his worst performance in recent memory after a tumultuous offseason and entered Week 1 vs. the New Orleans Saints in “not-so-game-ready” shape.

After the 38-3 L on Sunday afternoon, Rodgers went on The Pat McAfee show for his usual Tuesday interview spot and shed some light on the performance. He doesn’t like making excuses, but claims the first INT against NOLA was because of an unfortunate shot to the pills:

Rodgers is referring to the INT in the red zone with the Packers trailing 17-3 in the third quarter with a chance to get back into the game. It was a very unconventional play from A-Rod, who has one of the best TD-INT ratios in NFL history. The shot to the mid-section clearly impacted him before the errant throw which led to the Saints eventual rout. Here’s a video of the play. It’s tough to tell if Rodgers was actually hit in traffic there.

Sure, Aaron, make excuses for the miserable red zone INT. What about the plethora of incomplete passes and missed WRs? How about the second INT that was probably one of the worst of your career? Maybe before holding out for the entire offseason and not playing in the preseason you don’t go on a radio show to make a joke about a mistake you made that cost the Packers the game in Week 1. I’m not a mad Packers fan or anything though, nope, totally fine. Keep going on my boy Pat McAfee’s (Mountaineer great) show each week and forget about the task at hand.