Aaron Rodgers: 1st INT vs. Saints 'Was Entirely Due to the Double Nut Shot I Took'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 14, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers had a very good reason he threw his first interception in Sunday's 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The reigning MVP said Tuesday on the Pat McAfee Show the turnover was "entirely due to the double nut shot I took" (Warning: Video contains profanity):

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

"There's some interceptions you want back.. some that aren't your fault.. but the first one on Sunday was entirely due to the DOUBLE nut shot I took" 😂😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PatMcAfeeShowLIVE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE</a> <a href="https://t.co/Itef4xBPTe">pic.twitter.com/Itef4xBPTe</a>

Rodgers explained how he stepped up in the pocket while looking at Davante Adams running across the field. Before he released the ball, however, he took a pair of shots to the groin, which affected the throw.

New Orleans Saints @Saints

Pick off the NFL MVP in your first NFL game <a href="https://twitter.com/AdeboPaulson_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AdeboPaulson_</a> 🙌<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GBvsNO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GBvsNO</a> | 📺: FOX <a href="https://t.co/zKEYId7kVQ">pic.twitter.com/zKEYId7kVQ</a>

In general, it was a game to forget for the Packers and their best player. Rodgers finished 15-of-28 for 133 yards and two interceptions. He told McAfee it was "one of those days," alluding to how even talented teams can have the occasional stinker (Warning: Video contains profanity):

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

What happened aht there on Sunday Aaron??<br><br>"It was just one of those days.. offensively we were bad &amp; defensively we couldn't get off the field" ~<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PatMcAfeeShowLIVE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE</a> <a href="https://t.co/wLkJ9UY2ZJ">pic.twitter.com/wLkJ9UY2ZJ</a>

In the case of Rodgers, getting hit below the belt while throwing an interception was a microcosm of Week 1. When something like that happens, the football gods clearly aren't on your side.