Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews could hardly blame the Lambeau Field faithful for voicing their displeasure on Sunday. At one point, the Packers trailed the Dallas Cowboys by 18 points in the fourth quarter, while Green Bay’s offense only managed to score its first touchdown with less than seven minutes remaining, ultimately losing 30-16.
The disappointing performance resulted in an onslaught of boos, something of a rare occurrence from one of the NFL’s best fan bases. Yet, while several Packers players seemed to be disappointed the home crowd would turn on them, Matthews and others seemed to understand the sentiment as well.
As the six-time Pro Bowl selection told Ryan Wood for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the boos were “discouraging” to hear, but perhaps warranted.
“Shoot, if I’m a fan, I come here to watch the Packers win,” Matthews said. “We didn’t do that tonight.”
Right guard T.J. Lang agreed that the Packers gave their fans reason to boo, adding that the offense “stunk it up.”
Lambeau Field fans are among the most polite in the NFL, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday, at least not as far as their own team was concerned. Of course, it’s not difficult to understand why fans weren’t enjoying what they were seeing. There’s losing, and then there’s having the type of inefficient day the Packers had on offense, turning the ball over four times.