Rodgers Gets Packers Humor From Contestant on Jeopardy!

Answer references a painful coach's decision during NFC championship game
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 6, 2021 2:20 PM CDT
Rodgers Is Served a Packers Joke on Jeopardy!
Aaron Rodgers serves as guest host on the TV game show "Jeopardy!"   (Carol Kaelson/Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got quite the surprise in his first episode as a guest host of Jeopardy! Contestant Scott Shewfelt was stumped on the final question of the episode that aired Monday, the AP reports. He decided to reply by referencing a controversial Packers strategic decision in last season's NFC championship game, writing, "Who wanted to kick that field goal?" The Packers trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 and had fourth-and-goal at the 8-yard line with just over 2 minutes left when they opted to kick a field goal rather than go for the touchdown. Mason Crosby made the field goal, but the Bucs took the kickoff and maintained possession the rest of the way to win 31-26.

When Rodgers had been asked about the field goal decision after the game, he said, "I didn’t have a decision on that one." Rodgers later added, "That wasn’t my decision, but I understand the thinking, above 2 minutes with all of our timeouts, but it wasn't my decision." When Shewfelt's question appeared on the screen, Rodgers paused before saying: "That is a great question. It should be correct, but unfortunately for this game today, it's incorrect." The Jeopardy! Twitter account later posted a behind-the-scenes video in which Rodgers told Shewfelt, "I can see (your answer) out on the podium, and I was like, 'Please put something about the field goal on there. You will always be all-time in my book, my friend.'" Rodgers is hosting Jeopardy! for the next two weeks as the show goes through a series of guest hosts to replace Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8.

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