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Listening to players pays off for Mike McCarthy

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The Packers beat the Bears 33-28 on Sunday thanks to a 48-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 with less than a minute remaining in the game.

They almost missed a chance to put themselves in position for that score. Facing a third-and-1 on their own 22-yard line with just over five minutes left in the game, the Packers gave the ball to Eddie Lacy. Lacy wound up just short and coach Mike McCarthy was readying the punt team to go in the game while the officials measured to make the spot official. That’s when the Packers’ offensive players stepped in.

“It was fourth and 1 and we kind of had to talk coach into letting us go for it,” guard T.J. Lang said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “When we came to that first fourth down and coach was calling the punt team out, we were like, ‘No, let us get this. This is our time, this is our moment.’ We were able to come through in that moment. Later on we had another fourth down and everybody was calm. Go out there and handle your job and make some plays.”

The Packers gave the ball to John Kuhn, who went off tackle to get the first down and continue a drive that ended in elation for Green Bay.

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  1. hscorpio says: Dec 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    It was a poor spot on the field to go for it on the 4th and 1 to Kuhn but it was the right decision, IMO. Better to have the game in the hands of the Packer offense than the Packer defense.

  2. noeffinway says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    Why was there that big C on the center of lambeau field yesterday?

  3. ToddHaleysSpiderInfestedHouse says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    I find it kind of odd that it was the lineman who stepped in to convince McCarthy to go for it. Isn’t the QB the one who should usually be doing that?

  4. mvp43 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:50 AM

    Kuhn………………………………………………

  5. shaggytoodle says: Dec 30, 2013 10:51 AM

    The Packers have been free rolling since halftime of the Dallas game.

    No ones expecting them to win next week, but after Rodgers went down no one expected them to make the playoffs either.

    Have fun, you guys are playing with house money, and have nothing to lose.

  6. pudgalvin says: Dec 30, 2013 10:51 AM

    Meanwhile, Rodgers was speaking to the offical, letting him know that they might need an extra second to get that play of, so go ahead and just keep the flag in their pocket. “We’ll eventually get the play off, we just might need that extra second to get everyone lined up,” Rodgers informed the ref.

  7. garyman1 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    A gutsy call… but I still think the Packers should have gone for the 2 point conversion earlier which would have tied the game. Even if they miss it, they are only down two points instead of 1 (what’s the difference ?)

  8. johngaltwho says: Dec 30, 2013 10:58 AM

    Personally, Im not a big fan of Kuhn (Koooooooooon), but his block on Peppers on the last play was just enough to spring Rodgers and allow the game winning reception. He misses that block and the 49ers would be preparing to beat up on the Bears next week instead of the Packers.

  9. johngaltwho says: Dec 30, 2013 11:00 AM

    garyman1 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    A gutsy call… but I still think the Packers should have gone for the 2 point conversion earlier which would have tied the game. Even if they miss it, they are only down two points instead of 1 (what’s the difference ?)

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    The difference is if you’re down by 2 and then get a go ahead touchdown, you cant be up by 7.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:01 AM

    It was the special kind of game that enhances the legendary and mythical status of the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers.

  11. dgt178 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:03 AM

    ……garyman…..what’s the difference?……you miss the 2-pointer……if they score…..now you’re down by 9…….or TWO scores……

  12. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 30, 2013 11:07 AM

    Congratulations to the Packers for winning a game they had to win to get into the playoffs. I can’t help but notice that no Packer fan gave the Vikings any credit for doing the same thing last year.

  13. purpleguy says: Dec 30, 2013 11:08 AM

    Fun game to watch — congrats Pack fans. Well, that was hard to type . . . . my next posts will go back to poking you all with sharp sticks . . . .

  14. dgt178 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    ….mccarthy is so stupidly conservative……imagine not being smart enough to know that with only 2 minutes left…….and only one timeout…..and down by 2…….this buffoon wanted to punt……it would’ve been game over…..kudos to the players for knowing the right call……

  15. aldante66 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:14 AM

    I still believer MM is one of the worst coaches in football. He should have gone for two and tried to tie the game. He should not have run lacy, knowing the Bears were on to that play and ready to stop him and he did. MM is predictable and they will get ass handed to them again by a far superior 9er team.

  16. hscorpio says: Dec 30, 2013 11:14 AM

    Garyman1 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    A gutsy call… but I still think the Packers should have gone for the 2 point conversion earlier which would have tied the game. Even if they miss it, they are only down two points instead of 1 (what’s the difference ?)
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    Tying the game at the 11 minute mark of the 4th quarter is not a big goal to aspire to, IMO. It is the final gun that counts. I know I sure didn’t think the final would end up being 28-28 had they gone for 2 and made it. Not with those 2 defenses (and offenses).

    Too much time on the clock and too much that can happen at that point, IMO. 8 minute mark of the 4th is where I start to consider going for 2. I’ve seen it happen time and again that teams go for 2 before 8 minutes, miss it and end up needing that one point when the game gets closer to the end.

    Possible scenario from yesterday: Packers go for 2 and miss, score is 28-26. Bears score a TD on the next drive. Now score is 35-26, a 9 point margin with probably somewhere between 6 and 8 minutes on the clock. Do you see the difference between 1 and 2 down now? Obviously it didn’t play out like that but it is good illustration why going for 2 should be used sparingly, not liberally.

  17. ketchupaholic says: Dec 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    Aaron Rodgers makes Mike McCarthy who he is. Without Rodgers, McCarthy is an average Head Coach at best. He’s really a very good QB coach, but that’s it. Rodgers bailed him out of another boneheaded decision last yesterday. Again, luckiest franchise in the last three decades.

  18. gustavejfrerotte says: Dec 30, 2013 11:27 AM

    Luckiest franchise in the last three decades?

    lol… thanks for the chuckle.

  19. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Dec 30, 2013 11:28 AM

    Very Cool & inspiring players showing up in their moment…

  20. aa1829 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:30 AM

    As much as we all love to hate each other during the rest of the year, during the playoffs is the time to support your division opponents who are in the big dance. Good game Bears, sorry you are going home. Now everyone should support the Pack and hope they bring glory to the division. As much of a Packers fan as I am, I would have cheered for the Bears or any other division opponent who made the playoffs. God I love this sh*t. Happy New Year everyone, hope next year is better for everyone and their families.

  21. f1restarter says: Dec 30, 2013 11:34 AM

    ketchupaholic says:
    Dec 30, 2013 11:22 AM
    Aaron Rodgers makes Mike McCarthy who he is. Without Rodgers, McCarthy is an average Head Coach at best. He’s really a very good QB coach, but that’s it. Rodgers bailed him out of another boneheaded decision last yesterday. Again, luckiest franchise in the last three decades.
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    You need to throw away those grapes. They’re sour.

  22. packfan0492 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:36 AM

    McCarthy should let someone else call the plays and give the challenge flag to someone else who knows how to use and throw it.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Dec 30, 2013 11:38 AM

    Remember when Rodgers fumbled the ball and the Bears were all ready hibernating?

    Enjoy the off-season.

  24. ketchupaholic says: Dec 30, 2013 11:39 AM

    Yes, luckiest. When you have only two QBs in 28 years, no injuries, Yes, LUCKY! Can’t wait for Kharma to come back and bite the “MOST” obnoxious, over-rated, obese fans in the world. No wonder why they had to put metal benches in Lamebowl stadium, you see the size of their women?

  25. doug1grohlin says: Dec 30, 2013 11:41 AM

    If the refs ever decide to throw flags at the Pack like the rest of the league, they’re in trouble.

  26. beerbratscheese says: Dec 30, 2013 11:42 AM

    Both the third down spot and the fourth down spot were horrible. Thankfully, the refs didn’t spot it too short on fourth down.

  27. virger says: Dec 30, 2013 11:45 AM

    aa1829 says:
    Dec 30, 2013 11:30 AM
    As much as we all love to hate each other during the rest of the year, during the playoffs is the time to support your division opponents who are in the big dance. Good game Bears, sorry you are going home. Now everyone should support the Pack and hope they bring glory to the division. As much of a Packers fan as I am, I would have cheered for the Bears or any other division opponent who made the playoffs. God I love this sh*t. Happy New Year everyone, hope next year is better for everyone and their families.
    —–

    No. Nope. I respect the Bears, sure. I wouldn’t have cheered for them if they won. And I don’t respect the Lions, at all. I think there’s a fourth team in the division but can’t remember…

  28. linemanguy74 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:46 AM

    Lets hear it from Pack fans,”we didn’t win the division Bears and Lions gave it to us “

  29. contra74isloosbuthole says: Dec 30, 2013 11:47 AM

    dgt178 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    ….mccarthy is so stupidly conservative……imagine not being smart enough to know that with only 2 minutes left…….and only one timeout…..and down by 2…….this buffoon wanted to punt……it would’ve been game over…..kudos to the players for knowing the right call……
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    Actually there were about five minutes left and the Packers were deep in their own territory for the first fourth down conversion this article refers to. Hard to blame a coach right there. Now McCarthy on the other hand did not have to be persuaded to hard given his defense i would wager.

  30. farvite says: Dec 30, 2013 11:47 AM

    Sherman is lucky to have Rodgers. He makes any average goon coach look great.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 30, 2013 11:50 AM

    He should have listened to whoever told him to draft Bell over Lacy.

  32. ketchupaholic says: Dec 30, 2013 12:01 PM

    Lacy is good, but injury prone. He hasn’t finished a full year going back to his High School days. Anybody can run with Rodgers at QB, just look at James Starks, he can’t even make a regular roster on another team. Bell, is going to have a longer and more productive career hands-down. Lacy, and his Asthma are a “HUGE” problem in the Green Bay cold as was evident in a couple games this year.

  33. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 30, 2013 12:01 PM

    Our players always tell Big Mac where their bread is buttered, when to dig deep to sew up a win. I feast on GB winners and love the sweet taste of GB victories.

  34. dcviking says: Dec 30, 2013 12:02 PM

    Big day for Aaron Rodgers — yesterday seems like it really was a coming out party. #AaronsOldRoomie

  35. oshkoshoz says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    The only decision Mike McCarthy can make for himself is to grab that fifth pork chop off the platter.

  36. gbfisher says: Dec 30, 2013 12:15 PM

    go for 2? how quickly people forget the game against the vikes where MM did go for 2 and didnt get it. instead of kicking a field goal for the win at the end of the game they kick it for a tie.

    i am totally fine for kicking for 1 with that much time left in the game.

  37. 1historian says: Dec 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    The Bears played ok – better than I expected, but that first touchdown was just plain stupid on both parts, luckily the Pack smartened up quicker.

    The winner – dumb coverage. Poor coaching by the Bears. Smarter play by the pack.

  38. themagicfanguy says: Dec 30, 2013 12:25 PM

    I love seeing all the people who never played football criticizing McCarthy for making the right call and NOT going for two immediately. Just like that bitter Queens fan Ketchup acting like Lacy isn’t a beast when he knows the opposite is true.
    You all need to actually PLAY in a football game, then comment. Just because you’re fat and have watched football for your whole life doesn’t mean you know what you’re talking about.

  39. stellarperformance says: Dec 30, 2013 12:32 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Dec 30, 2013 11:07 AM
    Congratulations to the Packers for winning a game they had to win to get into the playoffs. I can’t help but notice that no Packer fan gave the Vikings any credit for doing the same thing last year.
    /////////////////////////////

    Congratulations.

  40. arnoldziffel says: Dec 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    Ketchupaholic : apparently, life has become an intolerable parade of humiliation for you.

    I’d like to take the time to sympathize with you … perhaps even get you a tissue – but I can’t … I’m too busy getting ready for the playoffs …

    Go Pack Go!

  41. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:12 PM

    Next Sunady at 4:40pm ET, the Packers play the 49ers.

    Next Sunday at 7:00pm ET, the Vikings play World of Warcraft.

  42. johngaltwho says: Dec 30, 2013 1:52 PM

    I think Lacy is the real deal. Im very excited to see this Packers offensive squad next year when they get everyone back healthy – just awesome. Have some work to do on defense but thats OK. Add a pass rusher, a run blocker, a safety…

    But its not time for that yet. Packers are in the playoffs. Go Packers.

  43. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    Listening to players does pay off. That’s how we won yesterday. We sconnies always help each other, we have to, no one else understands us, no one else will take pity on us. It’s like this in all cults. Big Mac and I got tips on how to trim blubber this way. I have gone out many nights and found participants for this. Packers fans seem to volunteer whenever I ask. They are so helpful when they realize that I am a true Packer fan, down to the bone. That’s a fact, and it has made me famous world-wide. I make Wisconsin proud.

  44. qoojo says: Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    ketchupaholic says: Dec 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    Aaron Rodgers makes Mike McCarthy who he is. Without Rodgers, McCarthy is an average Head Coach at best. He’s really a very good QB coach, but that’s it. Rodgers bailed him out of another boneheaded decision last yesterday. Again, luckiest franchise in the last three decades.

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    The evidence isn’t there to support he is even a good QB coach. If a player is already a great QB, he can fine tune them. But he doesn’t make average QBs good, or elevate QBs. Look at the long list of QB failures, and hanging on to guys that are a waste of time. Packers cut their backup QBs at the start of the season after wasting 1-2+ years on them.

    MM’s biggest talent is getting HoF QBs to play for him.

  45. axespray says: Dec 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    Yeah cause Aaron BROOKs/Matt Flynn/Tolzein are HoF QBs.

    And keeping his team focused during injury plagued seasons – keeping them fighting without the star QB, making sure they didn’t quit when down 21-10 at the half against the Falcons or down 26-3 in Dallas …both games after that detroit butt whooping.

    I dunno what more anyone could want in a coach.

  46. deltaoracle says: Dec 30, 2013 3:45 PM

    The Great Ted, I feel bad about that, I really do. If you’ll just remind me which game it was that the Vikings won that they had to win to get into the playoffs, I’ll immediately send out my very sincere, albeit belated, congratulations.

  47. thesconnienation says: Dec 30, 2013 7:53 PM

    The Vikings and Bears fans continue to whine. At least Lions fans know their place.

  48. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 30, 2013 9:29 PM

    I remember when the Vikings fans said that the Vikings would win the division.

    I remember when they changed it and said “well, the Packers won’t win the division, either.”

    Can anyone remember even one time when a viking fan got it right?

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