However, their 2021 campaign had the worst possible start, being humiliated 38-3 by the New Orleans Saints in opening week of the season.
2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers struggled throughout, throwing two interceptions – he threw just five throughout last season – while Saints quarterback Jameis Winston threw five touchdowns.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur told media his team were “absolutely embarrassed”, while calling the loss “humiliating”.
While Rodgers admitted he “played badly”, he told the media it was “just a game”.
“We played badly. I played badly. Offensively, we didn’t perform very well. One game. We have 16 left,” said the 37-year-old.
“It’s a good kick in the you-know-where to hopefully get us in the right direction,” Rodgers added.
Despite the squad’s struggles – Rodgers was taken out of the game with 10:46 remaining to protect him and allow second-year quarterback Jordan Love some playing time – he believes having that loss so early in the game. the season allows the Packers to correct course.
“I think more easily,” he said. “We’ve just finished a few NFC championship games and obviously we feel good about the unity we have on offense.… So it’s a good kick in you-know-where. Hope we go into it. the right direction.back home and playing a division opponent [Detroit] next week. “
The game was being played in Jacksonville, Florida due to the effects Hurricane Ida continues to have on Louisiana.
And thereafter, Winston pointed out that the performance and the victory were “for the city” of New Orleans.
“So kudos to the city of New Orleans. We did it for them,” he told media. “We knew what a big win it would mean for this region.
“They’ve been through so much. And for us to be able to celebrate this victory with them, it’s just a hat to them for their resilience because they motivated us, they inspired us to come out and play ball.”
The chefs are coming back
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce once again displayed their almost telepathic connection on Sunday night, playing starring roles in their 33-29 comeback win over the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns took a well-deserved first-half lead, leading 22-10 at halftime in large part thanks to two touchdowns from superstar running back Nick Chubb.
However, in the second half, the Chiefs – led by the brilliance of Mahomes – came back in force.
Shortly after entering the fourth quarter with a nine-point deficit, Mahomes threw a perfect 75-yard touchdown at Tyreek Hill in the very next game.
Minutes later, Browns punter Jamie Gillan fumbled for a snap, putting the Chiefs in a great position in the Browns half.
Mahomes took full advantage, throwing his second touchdown of the game at Kelce to give Kansas City a four-point lead.
A late interception by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield sealed the victory, giving the 2019 Super Bowl winners a perfect start to the season.
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Heads coach Andy Reid congratulated Mahomes after his performance of 337 yards and three touchdowns.
“You like his attitude because he always feels like we’re in it,” he told media.
“He does a great job with the guys around him. He’s a great communicator during the tough times on the sidelines.”