Matt LaFleur Costs Packers Chance at Super Bowl

In Matt LaFleur's first two seasons as the Packers' head coach, he has led the team to a 26-6 regular-season record and two trips to the NFC Championship Game. Sunday against the Bucs though, LaFleur cost his team a shot at the Super Bowl in a 31-26 loss to the Bucs.

On 4th & Goal at the 8, down 31-23 with 2:09 left in the game, LaFleur told his team to kick a field goal. That's a puzzling decision if Mitch Trubisky is your QB, but it's downright awful when you have Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers were at the Bucs' 8-yard-line. Worst case — meaning Rodgers, the MVP, doesn't throw a touchdown — the Bucs would've been backed right up near their own goal line.

But they didn't even try. Instead, they got three points that did nothing for them because, down five, the Packers still would have had to go the length of the field and score a touchdown to win, even if their defense had gotten a stop on Tampa's next possession.

Did the analytics say to do this? If so, lol.

OutKick's Clay Travis reacted on Twitter:

Nevertheless, give Tom Brady credit. In his first season with the Bucs, he is back to the Super Bowl. We will see who the opponent is, but Tampa just beat the best team in football. Who is going to bet against the G.O.A.T.?

For Matt LaFleur, it will be a long, long offseason.

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