‘Absolutely Embarrassed Us Today’ – Matt LaFleur Opens Up on Green Bay Packers’ Humbling Loss to Saints

Published 09/13/2021, 12:50 PM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


This Sunday Night football broke some records and many hearts. This concluding season of Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers was supposed to be a special one. Yet a humiliating 38-3 defeat against the New Orleans Saints, embarrassed the Packers in front of the fans who saw them play at the NFC championship game last season and the season before.

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A night Green Bay Packers would never forget

SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 05: Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hands the ball to Green Bay Packers Running Back Aaron Jones (33) during the NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers on November 5, 2020 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Last night’s game saw a big drop off in the stats of Aaron Rodgers. He never saw a loss with a margin as big as 35 points in his whole career. His 36.8 passer rating was the lowest since Week 15 of 2014.

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However, Rodgers believes it to be a much needed kick for the team. The head coach of the Packers, Matt LaFleur, holds a completely different view. He sees it as a great downfall in the performance of the team.

“They came ready to play; absolutely embarrassed us today,” said Matt LaFleur, calling the loss humbling. This loss came after delivering a second straight 13-win season. This was a humiliation that nobody saw coming.

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The Packers, at one point of the game, seemed to have submitted to the Saints for the devastation they had caused. This has occurred for the first time in NFL history, that a team that has played in the previous year’s AFC or NFC championship game, succumbed to a 35 point loss in the season starter.

LaFleur on the humbling loss

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“We didn’t run the ball; we didn’t even attempt to run the ball enough,” the head coach of the Packers, LaFleur said. “So that’s my fault.” The game was obviously dominated by the Saints as they came well prepared for it. The Packers on the other end found it difficult to carry the ball. The only time they managed to score the three points was in the second quarter.

LaFleur feels deeply embarrassed by the loss that they faced. As he has high hopes from the franchise, especially in the 2021 season. This season’s lineup has the potential to claim the Lombardy Trophy, yet he faced a devastating threat to his hopes in the very first game of the season.

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Although this was just the first week of the season, the Packers have a long way to go. They might end up winning the Super Bowl, just like Tampa Bay Buccaneers did last season after an equally humiliating defeat against the Saints.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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