3 Big Things from Green Bay Packers Regular Season Finale

Lions quarterback Jared Goff makes a pass against the Packers during the first half on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Ford Field.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff makes a pass against the Packers during the first half on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Ford Field. /
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Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Jordan Love looked more comfortable under center for the Green Bay Packers

Were there still mistakes by Jordan Love? Of course, but what did you expect?

There were two big differences, however, between this performance and the last time he saw any extended action against Kansas City. The first is that with time in the pocket — go figure — Love looked much more comfortable.

He went through his reads, was decisive in his decision-making, and when the pocket collapsed, or no one was open, he was able to extend the play and create on his own, including a beautiful touch pass to Tyler Davis as Love was scrambling, but unfortunately, it was dropped in the end zone. Love did also help Green Bay overcome a double-digit deficit, even if they did fall short at the end, and he finished the day 10/17 for 134 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions–although only one was really his fault.

"“To see the way that he’s able to play and to see him be able to kind of control the game the last quarter or so … obviously didn’t end the way we wanted it to but mistakes happen all the time and just because it happened at the end it’s gonna be pointed out a little bit more, but I thought he did a great job,” Allen Lazard said via Packers News. “He’s been steadily growing  this entire year and obviously his snaps with Aaron being up and everything but he’s grown tremendously throughout practice week in and week so I’m very proud of him.”"

The other big difference was LaFleur’s play-calling for Love. Unlike against the Chiefs, we saw a lot of quick passes dialed up, and Green Bay leaned on the run game with Patrick Taylor averaging nearly 5.0 yards per carry on 11 attempts. This time around, he was put in a better position to succeed.

Love now has just 45 career pass attempts, so yes, there are areas to improve upon, including his decision-making, specifically, when not to push the ball downfield and making sure he’s not throwing off his back foot. But with that said, we saw progress on Sunday, which of course, is important.