The plane ride home from London to Green Bay must have been a subdued one for the Packers Sunday night after their disappointing 27-22 loss to the New York Giants.
The heavily favored Packers collapsed in the second half at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Daniel Jones and the Giants scored 17 second-half points and the New York Giants defense stifled Green Bay on their final two drives to preserve the victory.
The defeat, coupled with Minnesota’s fourth-quarter comeback win over Chicago, left the 3-2 Packers one game behind the 4-1 Vikings in the NFC North Division standings. After today’s usual players’ day off, Matt LaFleur and his coaching staff will regroup and prepare for another New York foe—the Jets—at Lambeau Field Sunday.
LaFleur was not happy after the Giants loss.
“Obviously this is as disappointing as it gets for us,” he said. “Give New York all the credit. They out-coached us, they outplayed us. They definitely wanted it more. It was the tale of two halves. They kicked our butt in the second half.
We just got to regroup. Everybody’s got to look in the mirror and ask themselves what they can do better because it was a collective effort right there in terms of not being able to come out on top. . . I don’t think the mindset for our guys was ever to let up. Certainly you look at the results out there. There were too many mistakes. It wasn’t just one person; it was a collective effort like I talked about. It starts with myself. I got to be better. I got to be better for this team. We got to demand that we get better in certain areas.”
Jones outdueled Aaron Rodgers in the second half and rallied his team from a 20-10 halftime deficit. Rodgers lauded the pro-Packers crowd and the hospitality shown the teams in London, but said the Packers need to be more consistent and put together two halves of football.
“ We got to handle adversity a little bit better,” he said. “We’re a little bit of a roller coaster team at times. Our best teams have been a little bit more steady. We got to find that rhythm, that steadiness. We got to get back and get healthy, get rested. We got a home game that we’ll probably be favored in against the Jets. We got to go back and refocus.
“The biggest issue, again, I wish I had the perfect answer or explanation of this, but we haven’t played consistent football in all three phases. The margin of error for us in winning is small.”
A victory at home against the Jets is now the focus. But Rodgers said he’s grateful to be part of Green Bay’s first international game.
“We wanted to come here and put on a show, win a football game,” Rodgers said. “The crowd was outstanding. This was just a fantastic experience I think for all of us. There’s guys in the locker room that have never been across the pond. Just the hospitality from the fans. When we were out, me and Allen on Friday, was outstanding. The crowd response today, taking the field, was incredible. Seeing the different flags from different countries was amazing. The fans were loud the entire time. It was outstanding.
So much love for Packer World. I think we can say that now. It’s been Packer Nation for the first hundred and couple years. Hopefully the team will get a chance to come back and play here again because it was a special week for all of us, one that we’ll never forget. Obviously would have been a little sweeter with a win.”