What appeared to be an opportunity to score before the half on Sunday at Lambeau Field quickly turned into an unexpected and shocking first-half lead for the New England Patriots over the heavily favored Green Bay Packers.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the back-to-back NFL MVP who is first in league history in both interception percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio, tossed a pick-six to Patriots cornerback Jack Jones with 13 seconds left in the second quarter to give New England a 10-7 lead.
Rodgers was targeting receiver Allen Lazard on an out-breaking route. Lazard slipped down, Rodgers missed inside and Jones easily intercepted the pass and jogged into the end zone from 40 yards out for a touchdown.
It was Rodgers’ fourth career pick-six and his first since the 2020 season.
Through two quarters, Rodgers has completed 4-of-11 passes for 44 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. He’s also been sacked once on third down. His passer rating is 11.2.
The pick-six play:
Pick-6 for the rookie Jack Jones! @presidentjacc
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022
The Packers get the ball to start the second half. Can Rodgers rebound and get the Packers back into the lead? Green Bay is in a fist fight with a 1-2 team playing a third-string quarterback.