The Packers earned victories in their last five contests by an average of 17.6 points before their 21-13 loss on the road to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It was statistically the worst day of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' career, who was just 17-of-42 and passed for just 178 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Rodgers believes how his team answers the last two weeks of the season will be a major test for his unit and what type of team they will be.
"This is an important time for us to see what kind of chemistry we have on our team. If adversity like this tears us apart, or if we can stick together," Rodgers said via Packers.com after the game. "If we can stick together ,we got a nucleus of guys and the opportunity to do something special. If we let this tear us apart, something is going to stick with us for too long.
"Everything is right in front of us. We win out, we still win the (NFC) North. It's a tough football team, and we just didn't play very well on offense."
The Bills and Packers were tied heading into halftime at 10, but Rodgers' two costly picks in the game came in the second half. His first throw was behind Randall Cobb and landed right into the hands of Bills second-year safety Bacarri Rambo.
"We had some chances, we had some contested throws, and some open ones that I just either didn't hit or didn't see," Rodgers said. "It wasn't my best day by any stretch of the imagination. I got to play better for us to win, and I expect more of myself.
"Obviously today was well short of the mark. Definitely some throws I usually hit that I missed, and I have to play better for us to win obviously."
The second interception came after a tipped ball went off the hands of Jarrett Boykin, and once again dropped into Rambo's lap. The Packers' receiving corps dropped seven passed on the day for Rodgers, the most by any team in any game this NFL season, and the most since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had eight back in 2008.
"(It was a) frustrating game. They did a good job on defense, kind of slowing us down a little bit," Rodgers explained.
"They were physical outside with our receivers, and were able to get away with it all day. We had some chances, missed on them, some missed throws, some missed opportunities."
Rodgers embarked on new career-worst stats in incompletions (28), and completion percentage (40.5), while also finishing with a 34.3 passer rating. It was the first game in his entire career where he tossed two interceptions without a touchdown.
It was also a day him and his teammates expected heading into Sunday, and one they are already putting behind.
"Some days are going to be like this, we set the standard pretty high. They had a good plan, but nothing we didn't expect. "
The Packers now sit at 3-4 on the road, and will look to get back to .500 against the 2-12 Buccaneers next week in Tampa.