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

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The Packers picked up a much-needed victory over the Dallas Cowboys as a 31–28 overtime win snapped the club’s five-game losing streak. While Aaron Rodgers was able to help move the offense down the field to score the game-winning field goal in overtime, that victory wasn’t achieved without the quarterback briefly headbutting coach Matt LaFleur.

With less than two minutes left in regulation, the Packers defense was able to force the Cowboys to hit three runs and return the ball to their 33-yard line with a shot at the win. After two consecutive games put them in a 3-and-1 situation at their 42-yard line, Green Bay called a time-out and LaFleur called for a pass that was not completed.

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Following this game, Rodgers was seen expressing his frustration to LaFleur over his decision to pass the ball instead of administering it. If they kept the ball on the ground, they would probably have a better chance of not only moving the chains, but not stopping the clock, giving Dallas time to possibly get on the field and win it for themselves.

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“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 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 tries tonight, but I felt like I was in a pretty good rhythm. I felt that today I threw the ball exactly where I wanted to, and I needed a chance to win the game.

While Rogers’ dissatisfaction with this game challenge was evident in this clip, he and LaFleur were seen working on game challenges together immediately afterwards, and it doesn’t look like either of them is holding too much grudge.

“They had three timeouts and I knew we needed about 30-plus yards to get into the field goal zone,” LaFleur said. “So we were calling these banks with run passes, and if we found a pass, we were going to call a pass. This is good. We tried to shoot again, another pass might not work – at least at that moment. But, obviously, it turned out that we came out on top.

“A lot of times when we get into these situations, we give Aaron the freedom to run the show. And I would say that usually he does a great job with it. it was all on me. The decision also did not prove fatal, as the Cowboys were only able to drive 19 yards, securing possession of the ball until the end of the regulation.

In overtime, the Green Bay defense stopped Dallas’ offense after Mike McCarthy himself made the questionable decision to keep the offense on the field and continue on fourth and third attempts from the Packers’ 35-yard line. Duck Prescott’s pass was not completed, the Packers took possession, and Rodgers led the attack 55 yards downfield for Mason Crosby to score the game-winning field goal.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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