Aaron Rodgers Says Questionable Packers Field Goal ‘Wasn’t My Decision’

Following the Green Bay Packers’ loss to Tampa Bay in the NFC championship game, Aaron Rodgers said he had nothing to do with a questionable field goal call.

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Aaron Rodgers

After his team lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to answer questions about the field goal heard 'round the world.

The dejected QB had just played in a close loss that swung on a baffling decision to kick a chip-shot field goal late in the fourth quarter, rather than trying for a touchdown and the lead. When pressed about the crucial call, Rodgers said that it "wasn't [his] decision."

"It wasn't my decision."

Aaron Rodgers on Packers coach Matt LaFleur deciding to kick a field goal on 4th down late in the 4th quarter.

(via @CBSSportsHQ)pic.twitter.com/aThJYXgT2f

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 25, 2021

"I understand the thinking, above two minutes with all of our timeouts, but yeah it wasn't my decision," he said.

The decision to kick for three confounded some of the players opposite Rodgers, the league's likely MVP.

"I couldn't believe it," Shaq Barrett says of Packers opting for a field goal instead of going for a tying touchdown on fourth-and-goal with just over two minutes left. "I know if they could take that back, they probably wouldn't do that next time."

— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 24, 2021

Packers coach Matt LaFleur defended his decision in a post-game interview, noting that the criticism came with the benefit of hindsight.

Matt LaFleur on kicking the FG: "Anytime it doesn't work out you always regret it, right? Having three shots and coming away with no yards and knowing not only need the touchdown but the 2 point … Anytime something doesn't work... https://t.co/7Dt3xfcpRg pic.twitter.com/8aj5t0zXMs

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 25, 2021

Meanwhile, Rodgers seemed truly drained by the loss. He told reporters that his future in Green Bay is "uncertain," a shocking admission from the 37-year-old who has been with the Packers for his entire NFL career.

Aaron Rodgers after the game: “A lot of guys futures, they’re uncertain, myself included. ... Just gonna have to take some time away and clear my head and kind of see what's going on with everything." pic.twitter.com/3GlzPU9EsZ

— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 25, 2021

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