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.