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Matt LaFleur defends Packers’ choice to throw basket in NFC Championship game – with catch

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Matt LaFleur still wouldn’t have kicked the kick.

The Packers head coach was excoriated for his decision to shoot a late-game field goal in the NFC 8-yard line-up championship game against the Buccaneers, bringing the score to a 31-26 inconsequential and giving the ball back to Tom Brady with a little over two minutes to go.

On Monday, LaFleur reaffirmed that, even in hindsight, he would still have hit that basket – but a three-yard difference would have made a difference.

“It is what it is. It didn’t work,” LaFleur said Monday. “You know, I’m going to own it. But if I had to do it again, if it’s the fourth base from the 8-yard line, we kick the basket. “

Interestingly, LaFleur had a bit of a modifier to his decision to kick there: if the Packers’ offense got a bit close – three yards closer – then the discussion to go on the fourth down. would have been different.

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While the head coaches of the NFL are very “no ragrets”-type people, the decision to launch the basket at that time is ineffective in the situation, as explained here.

Long story short, the Packers would need a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to tie if they failed in that situation, and they would return the ball to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense with a little more. two minutes to go and the three timeouts. if they tie the game with a successful TD and a 2 point conversion. That, of course, would give them a chance to come out and win the game in settlement.

While Aaron Rodgers has drawn criticism for his decision not to throw the ball on the third try when he had real estate ahead of him, pretend games didn’t matter as much with the Packers choosing to throw the basket.

It’s a decision that LaFleur clearly agrees with now, though it still doesn’t make much sense.


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