Much has already been said about Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s decision to stop the Chicago Bears for three straight plays before Robbie Gould kicked the game winning field goal.
The Bears blocked a Mason Crosby field goal attempt earlier in the game.
On Sunday, the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski and Saints’ Garrett Hartley missed game winning field goals.
There was a slight chance that Gould, one of the league’s most accurate kickers, was going to shank the easy kick.
Still, it was difficult to see happening.
It was more difficult to believe that the Packers would block the attempt.
As soon as the Bears were inside the 10 yard line, I said the Packers should just let the Bears score. With one time out, over one minute left and Aaron Rodgers, there was a better chance for the Packers to win than trying to force a turnover or blocking a field goal.
Granted, players and coaches never want to concede points. It is simply not in their nature.
I’d rather give my team a chance to tie the game than see my hopes go up in flames, or down the drain with the time ticking.
Once McCarthy used his time out, the game was essentially over. Only Green Bay hopefuls believed they had a chance to win the game.
Instead of allowing his team the opportunity to drive down the field, McCarthy left his defense in to stop Matt Forte at the goal line… who was trying to score for what reason?
This confused me even more.
What was Lovie Smith and his coaching staff thinking?
What was the point of trying to score?
To give Green Bay time to tie the game?
Once Green Bay used their time out, the game was over.
The Bears continued to run the ball and risk turning the ball over. Instead of simply kneeling down and running out the clock out before bringing Robbie Gould in to kick.
Even worse, there is no reason to give Green Bay any time whatsoever to receive a kick off.
The Bears left four seconds on the clock instead of calling a time out with four seconds left to play.
It was fourth down. Which means the Bears have nothing else to do but kick the field goal. They have no more time outs and no more downs to play with in case of a botched snap.
It was a one shot deal. Nothing more, nothing less.
For what purpose do the Bears need to give Green Bay any time to receive a kick?
These coaching blunders inside the final two minutes were beyond mind boggling.
On to the final kick return…
The comedic gold that was the Packers lateral attempts to end the game must be mentioned and praised.
Thank you for that epic moment, Green Bay. Pure greatness.
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Written by Brandon Galvin