- The 24-year-old felt like he was defeated for the first time as Green Bay’s starting QB.
- After the 24-22 loss, Love said he “just missed it” in the heat of the game.
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Jordan Love tasted defeat for the first time as the Packers’ starting quarterback in the cruelest way when he mistimed a fourth-and-1 that opened the door for the Falcons’ touchdown in the final minutes of the Sunday game.
The 24-year-old said he deserved blame for the failure because he didn’t correctly call the play from Green Bay’s 34 with the Packers leading 24-22 in the fourth quarter.
Love tried to call for the sneak but didn’t get the snap as expected and took off without the ball.
Green Bay was penalized for a false start and had to punt, setting up Atlanta’s go-ahead run capped by Younghoe Koo’s 25-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining.
“Yeah, I just messed it up with the pace on that one,” Love said after the 25-24 loss, which was Green Bay’s first of the season after beating the Bears in Week 2. ‘opening.
Packers QB Jordan Love hilariously forgot a sneak QB’s snap count in a loss to the Falcons
Love (right) took responsibility for the miscommunication as it allowed Atlanta to score and win, 25-24.
“Not everyone got the call to get the stealth, so I blew that operation on the spot.”
He later added: “I said the wrong thing. It’s hardly a play until I give the word live, and I gave the wrong word live on that one.
When asked if he forgot the word live, Love said he “just ruined it.”
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters after the game that Love had the ability to change the play at the line “if he thought he could do it sneaking, then that’s on him to check .”
“I think he did. And no one heard it. I mean, it was loud and, you know, it’s just an unfortunate situation,” the 43-year-old added.
Love, 24, is now 1-1 as the Packers’ starting QB following Aaron Rodgers’ departure to the Jets.
It was a crucial part of the Packers’ frustrating fourth quarter. Green Bay led 24-12 before the Falcons rallied. The Packers gained 11 yards on three possessions in the fourth quarter.
Love was 0 for 6 in the deciding quarter.
“I think it just comes down to execution, being better in the fourth quarter and being able to play a complete game,” Love said. “I think we didn’t execute well enough in the fourth quarter, we couldn’t move the ball on third down. That’s really what hurt us.
Love’s overall stats were much more positive. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 151 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added two carries for 23 yards.
Love was sacked only once, by Falcons linebacker Kaden Elliss in the first quarter.