Aaron Rodgers doesn’t throw a lot of interceptions, so it was surprising to see him toss a bad one in the Packers’ 17-0 win over the Seahawks in Week 10.
What wasn’t surprising was the reaction from the interceptor, Jamal Adams. The Seahawks’ safety hadn’t recorded an interception since Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season when he was with the Jets. His pick against the Packers was just the third total in his career.
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Naturally, Adams was elated about the play. After all, his interception kept the Packers from mounting just their second scoring drive of the game late in the third quarter. Adams took some time to celebrate the play and appeared to mock Rodgers’ championship belt celebration after the play.
Rodgers was asked about Adams’ play in his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday. The Packers quarterback explained that those celebrations haven’t ended well for his opponents over the course of his career.
“I didn’t see him do it, but there hasn’t been a lot of positive things that come from guys doing it over the years,” Rodgers said. “The boys can put together some mockups for some of those things, but there hasn’t been a lot of positives that have come away from guys mocking the belt over the years. That was a gift that I threw him late in the game, an absolute early Christmas present on that one, a bad decision. I obviously didn’t throw it anywhere near where I wanted to throw it.”
Rodgers particularly harped on the fact that Adams’ interception was a routine one in his analysis of the play. He said that he respects the Seahawks’ safety, but he thought that the interception was more about his poor throw and less about the play that Adams made on the ball.
“Look, there have been some guys who have made some good picks over the years,” Rodgers said. “A good play on the ball, or baiting me. There hasn’t been a ton of guys, but those I really respect. And most of those guys, I tell them after the game, I say, ‘Hey, man, good play.’
“I got respect for that. And I respect Jamal. He’s a hell of a player. But that wasn’t necessarily the most difficult one. I kind of threw it right to him.”
Rodgers has a point here, but at the same time, Adams had snapped an interception-less streak of more than two years via that play. He did it against a quarterback who has averaged just 5.5 interceptions per season during his career and has posted the league’s lowest interception percentage in three consecutive seasons. In fact, Rodgers has the NFL’s all-time lowest interception percentage among qualified passers at a mark of 1.4 percent.
That may have been why Adams elected to celebrate the in the way that he did. It is an exceedingly rare event, after all.
Either way, the celebration didn’t seem to bother Rodgers much. In the end, he and the Packers had the last laugh, earning the victory and shutting out the Seahawks for the first time in Russell Wilson’s career.