Pakcers coach Matt LaFleur speaks out on kicking field goal instead of going for TD on 4th down in loss
The Green Bay Packers’ season came to an end on Sunday after getting eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-26, in their NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field. The blame for the shocking defeat soon shifted to head coach Matt LaFleur for his supposed questionable decision-making skills in the crucial junction of the game.
The Packers were down 31-23 with 2:05 left in Sunday’s highly-anticipated match. But instead of going for a touchdown, LaFleur instructed to attempt a chip-shot field goal.
After the match, the 41-year-old tactician explained what went down in that final possession.
“It was just the circumstances of having three shots and coming away with no yards, and not only needing the touchdown but the 2-point,” the Packers coach said, per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Matt LaFleur added that he considered having four timeouts to get a stop, and how the defense was battling at the time.
Down by eight in the fourth quarter, Packers placekicker knocked in the chip shot to cut the Buccaneers’ lead to five. LaFleur’s call was indeed a head-scratcher, considering the Green Bay trailed by just a touchdown and a two-point conversion at the time of the call. They had the chance to tie the game on that possession, had LaFleur trusted Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and the rest of his offense.
LaFleur and the home team opted for the easier three points, meaning they still needed to score a touchdown to win. They never got the possession back after that costly mistake.