Packers head coach Matt LaFleur admitted he had some regrets from Green Bay’s loss in the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.
It was one of the most talked about games of the season after LaFleur’s questionable decisions were partly to blame for the Packers’ heartbreaking 31-26 season-ending defeat.
Rodgers decided to throw when he had room to run on third-and-goal from the 8-yard line. And then LaFleur opted to kick a field goal instead of going for it after Rodgers’ throw was incomplete. LaFleur wouldn’t go as far to say what he should’ve done, but he did acknowledge that there were things he and Rodgers could’ve done better.
“One thing you definitely learn: I know my communication with [Rodgers] should have been better in that situation,” LaFleur told Football Morning in America. “Maybe on that third down we do something a little bit different. His mindset was, we got four downs here. It comes down to communication, and that’s something I gotta learn from and be better with him.”
The Packers were down by eight at the time of the much-criticized field goal decision, so a touchdown and a two-point conversion would’ve tied the game. Instead, LaFleur took his offense off the field and settled for cutting the deficit to five points.
The Buccaneers were able to run out the clock and Rodgers never got back on the field.