Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, reacts after an incomplete pass to receiver James Jones during the first quarter of Sunday's game against Washington at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Corey Wilson/Press-Gazette
LANDOVER, Md. — James Jones looked down and shook his head in the locker room following the Packers’ 16-13 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Reporters asked him to explain how this offense managed just 13 points despite logging 427 yards, but he struggled to find the words.
“We just let opportunities slip away,” Jones said. “There’s no explanation for the way we lost this game. We lost it ourselves.
“As bad as you play, you still have a chance to win the game at the end and you still let the game slip away. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”
It was the second time in three weeks that the Packers’ offense turned anemic after an encouraging start and lost a game in the final moments.
The Packers jumped out to a 10-0 lead at Washington and at Chicago on “Monday Night Football.” The Bears outscored the Packers 20-7 over the final 40 minutes, and Robbie Gould kicked a 19-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to cement the 20-17 victory.
There was more of the same at FedEx Field.
The Redskins outscored the Packers 16-3 over the final 44 minutes, including a fourth-quarter field goal and the 33-yard Graham Gano game-winner in overtime.
“I think we all know that yards don’t mean anything,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s about points. We put 13 points on the board, and that’s a credit to Washington’s defense. They kept us out of the end zone.
“I wasn’t particularly happy with our fourth-quarter performance.”
The Packers simply blew chance after chance.
The team was 2-for-13 on third downs and failed to convert third-and-less-than-5 yards four times. An opportunity to take a 14-0 lead was missed in the second quarter when the offense couldn’t score on three consecutive plays inside the 1-yard line, including fourth down.
The Packers had seven dropped passes, including four from the normally sure-handed Donald Driver.
They failed to score on seven consecutive possessions after halftime, including two field-goal misses by Mason Crosby.
“It’s like one of those things where you know you should beat this guy, and you never do,” tight end Jermichael Finley said. “I think we should have had this game in the bag a long time ago.”
The lone bright spot was the play of running back Brandon Jackson. He carried the ball 10 times for 115 yards, including a 71-yarder, and caught a team-high five passes for 25 yards. He became the first 100-yard rusher for the Packers this season.
“I just wanted to continue to bring my little part in,” Jackson said. “My wife said some things to me last night that motivated me and you saw it out there on the field today.”Gre
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who sustained a concussion on the final offensive snap, has thrown for five touchdowns and four interceptions over the last three weeks. He finished with a 75.7 quarterback rating.
“When you don’t make those plays … guys get frustrated (with) themselves,” Driver said. “When you do that, you don’t go out there and make the next one. We’ve all got to look at ourselves in the mirror right now, knowing that we let two games slip away that we should have won.
“We beat ourselves and you have to deal with the situation.”