Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson picked an ideal time for his first career interception: Off reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers on a 4th-and-goal play at the goal line against the Green Bay Packers.
Hutchinson made the big-time play on the first play of the second quarter in the Lions’ Week 9 home game. It was one of many crucial plays by the Detroit defense that propelled the team to a 15-9 victory over the longtime NFC North rivals.
Speaking to reporters after the game, the No. 2 pick of this year’s draft revealed what Green Bay’s superstar quarterback said to him after the play.
Hutchinson claimed that Rodgers said something about him “being a young pup”, and that the four-time league MVP called it “a freebie.” You can see Hutchinson’s comments at the 1:04 mark of the video below.
Rodgers had another frustrating outing on Sunday, completing 23 of 43 pass attempts for 291 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Detroit’s defense forced a turnover on downs in the red zone late in the game to secure the victory.
Sunday marked a fifth straight loss for the Packers, who now find themselves 3-6 after a promising 3-1 start. Barring a strong second-half finish, the team will miss the playoffs for just the fourth time since Rodgers became the starting quarterback in 2008.
With the victory, the Lions snapped a five-game losing skid to move to 2-6 on the year. The 1-6-1 Houston Texans are now the worst team in football, followed by the Carolina Panthers (2-6).
The Lions selected Hutchinson right after the Jacksonville Jaguars took Travon Walker first overall. Through eight games, Hutchinson has 4.5 sacks.
Detroit travels to Chicago next Sunday to take on the Bears. As for Rodgers and the unraveling Packers, they’ll try to get back on track when they welcome back old friend Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.