Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LeFleur admitted he regretted his playcalling toward the end of the NFC Championship Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but acknowledged he felt he made the right move. With just over two minutes left in the game and trailing to the Buccaneers 31-23 on a fourth-and-eight from the Buccaneers' eight-yard line, LaFleur sent his kicked -- who knocked down the field goal to reduce the deficit to 31-26, LeFleur hoped his defense would get the job done and allow the Packers to have one more shot at the offensive end but that didn't happen.
A pass interference call on Kevin King sealed the deal as the Buccaneers then easily ran out the clock. "Yeah anytime it doesn't work out, you always regret it, right?" LaFleur said after the game, per ESPN.
"It was just the circumstances of having three shots and coming away with no yards and knowing that you not only need the touchdown but you need the two-point [conversion]. The way I was looking at it was, we essentially had four timeouts with the 2-minute warning."
LeFleur really hoped the Packers would get a stop
"We knew we needed to get a stop, and I thought we were going to have a stop there at the end but we got called for [defensive pass interference] and it didn't work out.
I think anytime something doesn't work out, do you regret it? Sure, but we're always going to be process-driven here and the way our defense was battling, the way our defense was playing, it felt like it was the right decision to do.
It just didn't work out," LaFleur added. Meanwhile, Packers quarterback Rodgers admitted he thought coach LeFleur would go for it on the fourth down, "I thought maybe we were gonna have four chances to go," Rodgers said.
Meanwhile, quarterback Tom Brady -- who won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots -- made the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers. "It's been a great journey thus far," Brady said after the game.
"We put the work in, and a lot of guys embraced everything. ...They worked really hard to get to this point. It's a tough game. Had a few tough games in a row. Next one will be really tough, too. "But we know what we're playing for. We got two weeks to prepare. It's going to be a great opponent.."