Yet again, head coach Mike McCarthy, star QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are headed to the NFL playoffs to seek another Super Bowl trophy. They secured that on Sunday by narrowly defeating the rival Chicago Bears, on the road, no less.
Narrow actually doesn’t even begin to describe it. The Packers had their backs to the wall in the fourth quarter as they were down by one point, with a little over six minutes to go in the game. As well all know, Rodgers and the offense went on a five-minute, 46 second drive that culminated with the returning quarterback finding Randall Cobb wide open on a fourth-down play for the 48-yard game-winning score to send Green Bay to the Wild Card playoff next week.
But, that wasn’t the only fourth down play on that drive that mattered.
Early on in the march, the Pack faced a fourth-and-1 play on their own 22-yard line with just over five minutes to go in the contest. Head coach Mike McCarthy was getting his punt team ready, when the players stepped in and voiced their own opinion:
“It was fourth and 1 and we kind of had to talk coach into letting us go for it,” guardT.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 team came through on that fourth-down play as running back John Kuhn was able to pick up the first down, which eventually led to the Cobb score and the win.