Aaron Rodgers says Packers big win over 49ers was a 'rough night' for critics

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after a touchdown during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the game at Levi's Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Santa Clara, California.

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. 

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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.

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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."

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