McCarthy stands by decision not to try FG in OT

McCarthy stands by decision not to try FG in OT

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy knows the ins and outs of Lambeau Field better than anyone who has coached for 13 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Facing fourth and third from the Green Bay 35-yard line on the first possession of overtime on Sunday, McCarthy attempted a 53-yard field goal into the wind, Dak Prescott throwing incomplete instead. Six games later, the Dallas Cowboys lost 31-28 to the Packers, dropping to third place in the NFC East.

“We were just on the line for a field goal,” McCarthy said. “Hey, to be honest with you, I thought we had to go. I mean I called it on second down, especially with the way the game was going. Big play, penalty. Big play, penalty. Big play, penalty. So our thing was just to keep playing. We had some good calls. I agree with the decision obviously on the fourth and the 3. I just didn’t convert.

If Brett Maher had made the field goal, the Packers would still have had a chance to win on the next possession, and they had scored touchdowns on two of their last three regulation possessions.

Maher’s only misses this season have been for 59 yards twice. He said the wind had changed direction during the match since the pre-match warm-ups.

“The wind was definitely a factor,” Maher said. “I think I could have hit a good clean ball in that direction, but hey, I love the call to go for the win in that situation. We’re here to win games. I think that was a good call.”

McCarthy was visibly upset during overtime, especially after two penalties (offside on wide receiver Jalen Tolbert, holding Connor McGovern) wiped out Tony Pollard’s 9-yard and 16-yard gains as the Cowboys headed for a potential touchdown. winner.

“I thought we were in total control in overtime,” McCarthy said. “Obviously with penalties and things, very, very, very frustrated. But you have to overcome these things. This group, this group of men, hey, they got it. But just disappointed for them.”

And the players were disappointed for McCarthy.

A number of them said they wanted to win the game for McCarthy, who went 133-85-2 as Packers head coach and won Super Bowl XLV. He tipped his cap to the crowd after a pre-game announcement was made in recognition of his return, along with those of nine other Cowboys assistant coaches with Packers ties.

“Obviously we wanted to get it for Mike,” Prescott said. “And it sucks we didn’t. That’s it. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. There’s nothing else to add. We wanted to get it for Mike, but more importantly we wanted to put another brick on where we are going and we didn’t, so we will stick together and find a way to make this team better in the future.

McCarthy, who turned 59 on Thursday, had about 40 family and friends in attendance. He arrived six hours before kick-off and was able to meet a number of people inside and outside the Packers organization. On the field, he shared pre-game hugs with former receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, as well as Aaron Rodgers. After Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal, McCarthy and Rodgers kissed again.

By the end, McCarthy was emotionally drained and didn’t want to remember.

“I’m not trying to be rude,” he said. “I’m not. I’m humble, OK.”

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