The Packers got their preseason underway on Friday, falling to the 49ers, 28–21. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t play, instead watching as backup Jordan Love struggled to the tune of three interceptions. But despite the ugly stat sheet, Rodgers took a positive view of Love’s performance.
“It might look bad on the stat sheet with three picks,” Rodgers said, per Ryan wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But the film tells a very different story.”
Love ultimately finished the game completing 13 of 24 pass attempts for 176 yards, two touchdowns and three INTs. He also rushed for 24 yards on four carries, leading the Green Bay offense for the entire first half before giving way to Danny Etling in the second.
Love played for six series in the first two quarters, excluding a one-play drive that ran the clock out before halftime. After going three-and-out to start, he engineered an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in which he went 3-for-5 for 64 yards and one scoring toss, adding a 12-yard rush. That’s when things went awry, with Love throwing an interception on each of the next three drives. All three picks occurred in San Francisco territory.
Love was the 26th pick in the 2020 draft, and has appeared in six games for the Packers with one start (all last season). He’s completed 58.1% of his career pass attempts for 411 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Love will continue to try to prove himself as Green Bay continues its preseason schedule with a home game against the Saints on Friday.
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