Packers' Aaron Rodgers expresses frustration with Matt LaFleur after questionable late-game call

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers expresses frustration with Matt LaFleur after questionable late-game call

The Packers dumped a well-deserved win over the Dallas Cowboys as the 31-28 overtime victory ended the club’s five-game losing streak. While Aaron Rodgers was able to help move the offense down the field to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime, that win didn’t come without the quarterback briefly bumping his head with coach Matt LaFleur.

With less than two minutes left in regulation, the Packers defense managed to force the Cowboys to a three-and-out and gave the ball back to their offense on their own 33-yard line with a chance to win the game. After two running plays got them into a third-and-one situation at their 42-yard line, Green Bay called a timeout and LaFleur made a passing play, which fell incomplete.

After that play, Rodgers was seen expressing his frustration to LaFleur over his decision to pass the ball instead of running it. Had they kept the ball on the ground, they probably would have had a better chance of not only moving the chains, but it wouldn’t have stopped the clock, giving Dallas time to get down the field and win it for them. themselves.

“I felt like we were about 30 yards from the end of the game in regulation time,” Rodgers said after the game, via PackersNews.com, “and I also felt like it was 2 minutes, so I was going to call them. And I was in a pretty good rhythm. Obviously, I didn’t have a ton of attempts tonight, but I felt like I was in a pretty good rhythm. I felt like I threw the ball pretty much exactly where I wanted tonight, and I wanted a chance to go and win the game.”

While Rodgers’ displeasure with that play call was evident in this clip, he and LaFleur were seen working play calls together on the sideline immediately afterwards and it didn’t look like either the other has too many grudges.

“They had three timeouts, and I knew we needed about 30 yards to potentially get into field goal range,” LaFleur said. “So we were calling these run-pass cans, and if we got the search for the pass, we were going to call the pass. We ran it on the first down, then on the second down, then on the third down they played We tried to redo a shooter, another run-pass attempt, and it didn’t work – at least at that time.

“A lot of times when we get into these situations, we give Aaron the freedom to run the show. And I would say generally he does such a good job with that. So, you know, hindsight is 20-20, but that was totally on me.The call didn’t prove fatal either, as the Cowboys were only able to go 19 yards to secure possession before the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Green Bay defense halted Dallas’ offense after Mike McCarthy made a questionable decision of his own choosing to keep his offense in the field and go for it on a fourth and 3 down the line of the Packers’ 35 yards. Dak Prescott’s pass fell incomplete, the Packers gained possession and Rodgers led the attack from 55 yards downfield to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal.


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