Sunday, February 6, 2011
Frustrated by Green Bay WRs? Drop it
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Green Bay receivers managed to hold on to the Lombardi Trophy.
Their less-than-sure hands made it much harder than it could have been for the Packers to earn the right to hoist that trophy.
The Packers had at least five drops, a few of which killed drives. James Jones and Jordy Nelson let balls go through their hands on plays that could have ended with touchdown celebrations.
“We’ll kill each other Monday morning,” said Donald Driver, the injured elder statesman of the Green Bay receiving corps. “We’ll actually talk about it on the plane ride.
“But those guys made plays when it counted. That’s all that matters.”
Nelson, in particular, made plays. He set franchise Super Bowl records with nine catches for 140 yards.
“If you play this game long enough at this position, you’re going to drop the ball,” Nelson said. “You have to move on.”
That won’t be a problem for the Packers. They won the game, so none of the drops will go down in Super Bowl lore with poor Jackie Smith’s unfortunate moment in the final game of his Hall of Fame career.
Rodgers still threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns. The moments of anger he might have had after the drops is easily forgotten.
“I’m not frustrated anymore,” Rodgers said when about the drops.