In his first career start at Lambeau Field, Jordan Love showed his flare for the dramatic. Love and the Packers scored 18 unanswered points to match the biggest comeback in Packers history, the famous 2018 game at home against the Chicago Bears.
Jordan Love now has the same amount of 4th quarter comebacks against winning teams that Aaron Rodgers has in his entire career. If there were questions about Love and the ability he has to lead the team, those were answered on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
"I have never been apart of a win like this man," said Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. "I cannot say enough good things about this locker room, it's hard not to get emotional about it."
But it wasn't just the head coach who loved the dramatic win at Lambeau.
"We have always had belief in him, man. It's the outside noise that hasn't had the belief in J-Love, but we have always believed in our quarterback," said Packers LB Rashan Gary who had two sacks on Sunday.
The first half was an absolute disaster for the Packers. Love and the offense could not get anything going, with the first four drives stalling repeatedly because of penalties and obvious mistakes from the younger players.
Going into halftime, Green Bay was down 17-0 and it looked like New Orleans should have been leading by at least 31. Even going into the beginning of the fourth quarter, there was no energy in Lambeau Field and little on the Packers sideline.
And then came Jordan freaking Love.
With the game on the line, and the momentum of their season on the line, Love delivered.
"I want to be the guy that our guys can look at and never be flustered. Never too high, never too low," said Jordan Love.
And Love was indeed the rock for the Packers. Love ran in a touchdown on the possession following a field goal. With a quick decisive read on a zone read play, Love beat All-Pro Demario Davis to the end zone and immediately ran to go for the two point conversion.
On the two-point conversion, the Packers offensive line did an incredible job keeping Love protected in the pocket, as they did all day. Love drilled Samori Toure in the end zone for what would be the difference in the win.
Unfortunately for New Orleans, Jameis Winston could not get anything going in Derek Carr's absence. Carr injured his shoulder and had to be taken to a local hospital for further testing, which left the former 30/30 legend Jameis Winston in his place. Although Winston and company almost drove down to seal the game for New Orleans, but a missed field goal ruined their chances at victory.
It can not be denied how amazing it is for Jordan Love to lead a 17 point comeback at home, in his first start at Lambeau Field. Without David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, and Elgton Jenkins, Love showed the NFL what he can do. He elevated the play of Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed, and all of the Packers receivers. The same as Rodgers did during many games, Love made the best out of what he had and made the Packers get to where they needed to be. Victory.
Now, the Packers host the Detroit Lions on Thursday Night Football. With both teams at 2-1 and the Vikings and Bears both in the distant rearview mirror, this Week 4 matchup is huge. Jordan Love has his first divisional test, at home, in primetime.
In the words of Aaron Rodgers:
"How can you not be romantic about football?"