ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and the Green Bay Packers may have watched home-field advantage in the playoffs slip through their fingers.
Rodgers was intercepted twice by third-string safety Bacarri Rambo and Nelson dropped a wide-open pass in the third quarter in a sloppy 21-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
“It wasn’t my best day by any stretch of the imagination,” Rodgers said. “I gotta play better for us to win.”
Rodgers was 17 of 42 for 185 yards, and didn’t get much help from his receivers, either. Trailing 16-10 and facing second-and-6 at his own 6, Rodgers found Nelson in stride down the right sideline, but the normally sure-handed receiver dropped the ball with nothing but field in front of him.
“We had all sorts of chances and just didn’t make them for whatever reason,” Nelson said. “My drop could’ve won the game for us, so I’ve gotta make those no matter how easy or hard they are.”
The Packers (10-4) had a five-game win streak snapped and squandered an opportunity to get closer to their sixth consecutive playoff berth.
The Bills (8-6) stayed in the thick of a jumbled AFC playoff hunt. Marcus Thigpen scored on a 75-yard punt return, while Dan Carpenter hit all four field-goal attempts.
The game wasn’t decided until the Packers’ final possession, which ended with yet another turnover by Rodgers.
On first-and-10 at his own 10, Rodgers dropped back and had the ball knocked out of his hand by Mario Williams and the play resulted in a safety.
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