The decision made by Packers head coach Matt LaFleur not to go for it on 4th & goal from the 8, down 31-23 with 2:09 left against Tom Brady will be talked about for decades, and Aaron Rodgers will be asked about it for the rest of his life. LaFleur decided to take the field goal and give Brady the ball back.
Rodgers never got his hands back on the ball, and Tampa is going home for Super Bowl LV, Brady’s 10th in an insane career. Rodgers was immediately asked about the decision in the postgame Zoom press conference.
“I didn’t have a decision on that one. That wasn’t my decision. But understand the decision and thinking with all of our timeouts. But wasn’t my decision,” he told reporters. LaFleur echoed that the timeouts impacted his decision.
Aaron Rodgers fully sounded like someone who doesn't know if he'll be the QB here next season.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 25, 2021
“This won’t haunt me. It’s just gonna hurt for a while,” Rodgers said.
“I’m gutted for Big Dawg (Marcedes Lewis) and hurting for myself. It’s definitely sudden.” Rodgers added that this was a special Packers team. “This one as much as any of them, I just found some really special friendships.”
On third and goal, it appeared Rodgers had running room for a touchdown before deciding to throw into double-coverage. LaFleur then decided he’d seen enough and sent out the field goal unit.
— Slightly Biased (@BiasedSlightly) January 24, 2021
You still need a TD! Which will now by a length of the field drive with almost no time left. At best. And you probably won’t even get the ball back at all.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 24, 2021