GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers says the Green Bay Packers' last-minute drive to beat San Francisco 49ers on Sunday was a "rough night" for critics who questioned his motivation after a dismal Week 1 performance.
The reigning NFL MVP came under fire for his lackluster performance against the New Orleans Saints earlier this month in a game where he threw zero touchdown passes and two interceptions. Fast forward to last weekend and the conversation is dramatically different.
"Well, it’s a rough night, I guess, for some of those 'he doesn’t care' campers," Rodgers said on "The Pat McAfee Show" Tuesday. "I love the game, I love competing. There's nothing like it. There's nothing like having the ball in your hands with a chance to win the game, late in the game."
He continued: "That's what we live for. That’s what we dream about. We don’t dream about kneel-downs at the end of games. We dream about ... we got to go down and put the ball in position to either win it with a field goal or win it with a touchdown. That's what we dream about."
The 49ers were leading the Packers 28-27 when Rodgers went back out on the field with less than 40 seconds left to win the game --- more than enough time for the veteran.
Rodgers likened the experience to watching legendary Niners quarterback Joe Montana’s 92-yard drive to win the 1989 Super Bowl.
"That's what I wanted to do," Rodgers said. "Drive your team down the field 92 yards and win a game."
But Sunday night’s victory was about more than silencing the haters.
He said, "It was a measuring stick for our football team, I think to see how we matched up against another really good football team and I'm proud of our guys."