Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, Matt LaFleur defend Marquez Valdes-Scantling immediately after fumble in OT

Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s fumble on the next perform of additional time to established up the Indianapolis Colts’ game-winning field arrived just moments right after the Inexperienced Bay Packers receiver hauled in a 47-property deep ball from Aaron Rodgers that led to the game-tying field intention in the final seconds of regulation.

That is Valdes-Scantling in a nutshell. An electrifying catch deep down the area a person engage in. A maddening oversight the next.

“I know he is genuinely hurting ideal now,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur reported after Sunday’s 34-31 reduction. “He built so a lot of plays for us and not only in the move activity but in the operate recreation, stuff that you fellas in all probability you should not even detect that we’re not receiving the yardage that we get if he’s not blocking his ass off.

“So I can dwell with MVS. I have acquired more confidence in him now than almost certainly at any time. I assume he continues to get greater each individual and just about every day. Each and every time we go out there, he’s furnishing significant plays.”

Although Valdes-Scantling had only 3 catches for 55 yards, LaFleur also pointed to the go interference penalty he drew late in the 2nd quarter that established up the touchdown to give the Packers a 28-14 halftime lead. It was a 51-property penalty on Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.

“I can dwell with MVS and we’re heading to carry on to live with him and just hope that he can carries on to get greater and superior and superior,” LaFleur claimed. “And I’ve acquired all the assurance in the globe in him.”

Rodgers professed one thing comparable.

“I have a ton of adore for Marquez,” mentioned Rodgers, who threw a swing move to Valdes-Scantling in the remaining flat on the second play of time beyond regulation only to see the ball knocked away by Julian Blackmon and recovered by DeForest Buckner. “I see the male each individual solitary day, see how a great deal he cares about it. it transpires, sad to say. A ton of it is fundamentals carrying the ball, but I’ve experienced my reasonable share of fumbles. It was just negative timing definitely. … But that things transpires. He created a major participate in at the end of regulation to form of get us likely on third-and-10. Let down for him, unhappy for us.”

Valdes Scantling, who was not designed obtainable for submit-recreation interviews, reported in a Tweet that he gained loss of life threats after the video game but famous that his workforce experienced his back.

It was Valdes-Scantling’s initial profession fumble in 42 games, but he’s been plagued by drops and missed chances. He came into the recreation rated 152nd between 153 capable receivers in capture proportion (50%), in accordance to ESPN Stats & facts. He was beneath 50% right until he caught four of his 6 targets in opposition to the Jaguars very last 7 days, and he ranks next among those people receivers in drops (5).

But the Packers were being hoping he experienced turned additional constant following his last two video games — four catches for 133 yards versus the Jaguars and two touchdowns the former match from the 49ers. Instead, it was just another additional time recreation the place Rodgers hardly obtained a opportunity to perform some of the exact magic he did at the conclude of regulation — despite the fact that there were being thoughts about that very last area goal drive and why he spiked the ball 2 times as an alternative of most likely using one more shot or two at the end zone.

“It is really a thing we’ll go back again and glance at and see how we can do issues much better,” LaFleur said of the two spikes. “You know, hindsight is 20/20, and we ended up kicking a discipline objective on fourth down with not a ton of time left to give them an opportunity to go back again down and rating. Absolutely I’m positive there are sometimes we could do better but I was also proud of our hard work in purchase to go from the 6-property line against a actually fantastic defense and get it all the way down the field. I believed Aaron, I thought he battled. I assumed he played his ass off, designed so a lot of plays for us. It usually hurts when you never occur out with the outcome that you want.”.

There have been also thoughts about the fourth-and-1 choice — and perform contact — from the Colts’ 34-yard line in a 31-28 sport with 3:11 still left in regulation. Rodgers threw an incomplete move intended for managing back again Jamaal Williams.

“The engage in was for Davante [Adams], and they doubled him,” Rodgers stated. “We definitely obtained defeat on the again side. That’s what failed to permit me to sort of extend the play. I just threw it a minimal too considerably for him, but once more, the engage in was for Davante. I preferred the aggression from Matt.”

Rodgers dropped to 2-8-1 in overtime games, which include playoffs. He has attempted 17 passes in additional time of those people games and misplaced four times without having ever touching the ball and 3 periods in turnovers. Two of the a few turnovers have been by Rodgers.