Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was not pleased with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 39-yard touchdown before halftime of their NFC Championship showdown Sunday.
The blame tends to be solely on defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for not allowing Kevin King to be more prepared for a defensive stop, per Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal.
“It was man coverage. Definitely not the right call for the situation, and you can’t do stuff like that against a good football team and expect to win,” LaFleur said. “When you look at it, there was 120 some-odd plays on both sides of the ball plus all the special teams. There were a lot of plays in that game that could have been made, that could have changed the outcome of the game.”
The Packers allowed 351 total yards along with 275 passing yards and 19 total first downs. Tom Brady’s connection with his receivers was in full effect. As the Packers continued to struggle on the defensive end, Tampa Bay continued to put pressure on the defense and got out to a 28-10 lead early in the third quarter.
The Packers eventually crawled back into the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an 18-point deficit. The disappointing loss for Green Bay spoils the team's chances of clinching another spot in Super Bowl LV.
It was a disappointing NFC Championship for Green Bay after finishing with a 13-3 record. The Packers are faced with a lot of questions headed into this offseason. The team’s front office will certainly look to make adjustments to come back in full effect next season.