GREEN BAY – The ball hung in the air for what seemed like forever, and when it came down, Jordy Nelson was sure it would be his.
It was not. And when it bounced to the ground courtesy of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, the 49ers had themselves a 30-22 victory and the Green Bay Packers wide receiver was wishing he had another chance.
“I didn’t make it,” Nelson said.
On the play, the Packers were facing fourth-and-10 at the San Francisco 45-yard line, and when cornerback Perrish Cox came unblocked off the right edge of the Packers’ offensive line, Rodgers stood in as long as he could before rainbowing the ball up the right sideline for Nelson. While Nelson adjusted to the ball and got his hands on it, Culliver got a piece of it and Nelson couldn’t bring it in.
“Aaron gave me an opportunity, put the ball up. I tried to go high-point it, wish I would’ve got my hands turned the other way but the defensive guy brought his hands up and knocked the ball out,” Nelson said. “He made a good play. I’ve just got to make it to keep us in the game.”
Had he come up with it, the Packers would have had a 30-yard gain and faced first-and-10 from the 49ers’ 15-yard line. Instead, ballgame.
“He put it up. I just didn’t make the play,” Nelson said. “Looking back (when) I saw the replay, and I kind of felt it when I jumped, I wish I could’ve gotten my hands turned the other way. It’s just a reaction when you jump. I’ve made (catches) hands that way, hands the other way, but you just jump and react. The DB for San Fran did a good job of getting his head around the last minute. He made a good play. Aaron gave me a chance. I’ve got to be able to come down with that.
“Aaron, he hung in there. He got hit as he threw it. He put the ball where it needed to be in order for me to have the opportunity, but I just didn’t make the play.”
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