Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat Sunday against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Packers nearly blew a double-digit second-half lead but held on for a 14-12 victory thanks to a critical mistake by the Buccaneers late in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay had just climbed within a two-point conversion of tying the game with 14 seconds left to go after a one-yard touchdown pass from Brady to wideout Russell Gage. However, on the two-point try, Tampa Bay committed a delay-of-game penalty, derailing their comeback attempt.
After the game, Rodgers commented on the Buccaneers’ error, even hinting that he talked up the officials before the game-changing penalty.
“They should’ve on the previous play too, it was a delay on both plays,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes you see things in a game. Sometimes the jumbotron shows things they probably shouldn’t show, even at home. I just saw something, I just passed on the information.”
Reporters asked head coach Matt LaFleur what Rodgers had seen on the jumbotron, but he was equally as coy.
“We were talking about a few things,” LaFleur said. “I’m not going to share that.”
Rodgers also played his part on the field Sunday, finishing 27-of-35 for 255 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
The victory moved Rodgers and the Packers to 2-1 on the season. They’ll look to win their third in a row next week when they return home to take on Brady’s former team, the New England Patriots.