Picture Tells Thousand Exhausted Words

An out-of-gas Aaron Rodgers celebrates his come-from-behind victory over Miami on Sunday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers was lying on his back. This time, it had nothing to do with getting hit by a Miami Dolphins defender.

Rodgers had just thrown the game-winning touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless. His reaction — pictured above — led off his weekly radio show with ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde.

“I’m exhausted. Literally exhausted,” he said. “It was a hot day, it was humid. I’m a little disappointed: It’s well-documented I worked on my flexibility this offseason — I did a lot of yoga. I wish that my legs were a little bit straighter here. I’m not doing exactly a toe grab there to stretch my hamstring, but I was a little bit tired”

Tired for a good reason. At kickoff, it was 86 degrees with 63 percent humidity, making the dew point a stifling 75. And for the first time all season, the Packers ran more than their stated goal of 75 plays. After averaging 55 for the season, Green Bay’s 79th and final offensive snap was Rodgers’ touchdown to Quarless.

“There’s a lot of joy, yeah, but I was exhausted. I was,” Rodgers said. “It was a long day, we had a lot of plays on offense.”

Rodgers added later: “We all lost a considerably amount of weight — thankfully, for some of us. But, yeah, it was a lot of joy, a lot of emotion. It’s exciting to end a game like that, especially when we had a fourth-and-10 on the drive, we had 6 seconds on the clock, a touchdown to win. If you don’t get it, you obviously lose and go to 3-3. We win the game and go to 4-2, tied for the division league and get a big road win against a good opponent.”

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