If you ever wondered why Green Bay Packers only managed to travel to the Super Bowl since the drafting of…
If you ever wondered why Green Bay Packers only managed to travel to the Super Bowl since the drafting of Aaron Rodgers, the cause is more evident this week: Mike McCarthy’s head coach.
Packers ’27 -24 loss to Seattle Seahawks was an almost perfect microcosm of the Rodgers-McCarthy era in Green Bay. It saw Rodgers put together a masterful achievement which – as many times before – was not enough for a victory.
Rodgers was not innocent. He finished with 332 pass laps and two touchdowns, but when Packers only needed a few meters to convert a decisive third down in the fourth quarter, Rodgers threw on the receiver’s feet.
However, the game was not determined by that game. It was lost because a series of mistakes by McCarthy made it possible for Seahawks to collect a game-winning touchdown and wrap the rest of the clock.
Seattle was down 24 -20 in the fourth quarter when Russell Wilson joined Tyler Lockett for a huge 34-yard win. The game set Seahawks in the red zone, but a replay showed that Lockett’s scuba diving might not have been a catch at all:
A challenge may not have been as easy as the tweet indicates. NFL’s new catch rules do not require a player to complete the process of capture as they did when Dez Bryant famously “dropped” a passport against Packers.
But it was definitely close. Former NFL chief of official and FOX rules expert Mike Pereira thought it was incomplete.
“I’ll tell you what I think the ball turns and hits the ground,” said Pereira. “This, if challenged, would turn me into an incomplete passport.”
At such a crucial moment, it would have been meaningful to take a closer look, right?
“We talked about it briefly, but it was late,” explained McCarthy after the match. “We did not look at it.”
What? The Seahawks did not rush into the field and quickly tripled to Packers. Green Bay also had some extra time, as defensive line-mate Kenny Clark was injured on the game.
The more likely reason McCarthy hesitated to challenge was that he was down to a timeout. The first two in the second half were lost because Packers had some substitution’s snafus that forced Rodgers to avoid delays of punishment.
“The first we had a certain game, we wanted guys in a certain place and the game kind of came late,” said Rodgers. “We did some as it seemed, and I just thought it was an important place. If we get a first down there, we move the pins and we score so it was a good time to take it.”
“The other one was sadly after the long play of Davante [Adams] where I felt like we had time. Maybe that was a late part. When we broke huddle I just felt like it was not worth trying to run something up there on a farm and have others and 1
0. Instead we took a time out. ”
The risk of the last time to potentially cancel a 34-yard win for Seahawks would have been clever. Instead, McCarthy and Wilson did not play three games later in Ed Dickson for what proved to be the game winning touchdown. 19659017] Why did Packers not go fourth?
Rodgers is usually the man down the line, but a bad throw to Marquez Valdes-Scantling left Packers with a fourth on his own 33-yard line at 4:20 in the match Green Bay needed 2 meters to move the chains, but chose to subdue instead of relying on Rodgers to keep the move moving.
Packers never returned the ball.
Seattle took two first downs, and it was Nog
After the match, McCarthy declared that his precious last time out focused on the decision to rely on a defense that had just given a 75-yard touchdown run over trust Rodgers:  Playing the numbers meant hoping that Packer’s defense could keep Rodgers from getting another shot to run the final with some time left and win the game. But there would probably have been a much more risky risk of just allowing the crime to move the ball a few meters on the fourth downwards – especially because the field position no longer matters anymore.
If Packers did not get the first down, they would have been in the same situation: in desperate need of a stop. If they got it, Seahawks probably kicked a field goal to try to take a six-point lead. It still gives Packers a chance.
Given two of Packer’s four wins this year, when Rodgers led game-winning devices in primetime, it would be a pretty good chance as well.
No matter how you sliced It was a bad conversation.
Packers opened the three-stroke game for Aaron Jones on his first five offensive games, including an 8-yard touchdown to give Green Bay an early lead. In the second quarter, Jones took a 24-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers.
In half, Jones 88 had a total of only 10 touches, but McCarthy told FOX’s Erin Andrews to expect to run in the second half.
It never happened. Jones only had four berries in the second half. He only once bore what could have been a great touchdown device for Packers. Instead, the unit had five five games and fizzled in the red zone. Green Bay settled for a field goal to take a lead of 24-20 and left the door open to Seahawk’s game-winning touchdown.
Rodgers has prayed for Jones to be a major part of Packer’s offensive – especially in the red zone:
And for a while, it looked like McCarthy listened. Until he did not
Rodgers could have broken all the mistakes if he just threw an exact pass to Valdes-Scantling. But then it has been for most of its time in Green Bay. Rodgers can not make mistakes because he has to overcome his coach too often.