Aaron Rodgers admitted he was disappointed with Matt LaFleur’s play calling at the end of regulation
The Packers beat the Cowboys in overtime, but Aaron Rodgers thought that there is a possibility to implement it in regulation. Instead, with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter, coach Matt LaFleur called for a two-run play, and then, after an incompletion on third down, the Packers put the game away.
The Packers quarterback was caught on camera by LaFleur as he walked off the field.
Rodgers later admitted he was disappointed with LaFleur’s decision to play overtime.
“Every play can be called,” Rodgers said via the team’s postgame transcript about the source of his frustration. “I felt like I had 30 yards to go and it felt like two minutes, so I was going to call them and I was in a really good rhythm. Obviously, I didn’t have a lot of action, but I felt like I was in a pretty good rhythm. I felt like I threw the ball exactly where I wanted to, so I wanted to have a chance to win the game.”
The Packers lost a coin toss in overtime with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but stopped the Cowboys on downs in overtime and won it with a touchdown. It was the Cowboys who led 28-14 in the fourth quarter 195-0 in franchise history when they led by 14 points after three quarters.
LaFleur called the end of regulation “indecision,” knowing the Cowboys had three timeouts left if the Packers had too much time left.
“It didn’t work, at least in that moment, but it worked for us to come out on top,” LaFleur said. “When we get into these situations, we give Aaron a lot of freedom to run the show. I usually say he does a great job with it. So, hindsight is 20/20, but it happened to me.”
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