- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As far as statistical history goes, Aaron Rodgers’ tackle of San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid never happened because replay showed Reid was down by contact shortly after he picked off the pass in the second quarter of Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park.
But in real time, Rodgers did tackle Reid and knock him out of bounds inside the Packers’ 5-yard line.
The play never came up during Rodgers’ news conference following Sunday’s 34-28 loss, but it did on Tuesday during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee.
Rodgers was asked whether it was a good idea for him to put himself at risk like that, and his answer gave listeners some insight into the quarterback’s competitiveness.
“I hate throwing interceptions, and a pick-six to me is unacceptable,” Rodgers said. “Had one in my career, and I’ve made a few tackles inside the 10. Those aren’t what I want to do, but I’d do anything not to give up a pick-six. That’s directly giving the other team crazy momentum.”
The 49ers did not score on their possession following the interception. Kicker Phil Dawson missed a 48-yard field goal.
Getting back to the interception, Rodgers said he was fairly certain Reid was down by contact after he intercepted the pass that went through Finley’s hands. Replay confirmed that, and the 49ers were given possession at their own 44-yard line.
“If you watch me on the play, I start walking the first two steps,” Rodgers said on his show. “That wasn’t sulking or lazy. That was, I saw him get touched down, and I waited for the whistle. As he started running, I thought to myself, I need to be in position. About two steps into that thinking, I realized I was going to be the last line of defense so I took an angle to meet him at the proper point and got on my horse.”
In one other note from his radio show, when Rodgers was asked about the controversial hit linebacker Clay Matthews put on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, he was a few seconds into his answer when the radio station experienced technical difficulties and his response was never heard.