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Mad Bets: Why did Green Bay kick a field goal on 4th and goal?

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Minty Bets breaks down the decision by Packers head coach Matt LaFleur's decision to kick a field goal late in the NFC Championship loss to the Buccaneers on 4th & goal.

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MINTY BETS: Welcome back to The Mint everyone, a sports betting show where we're not trying to make you money. We're just here to talk about the people who didn't. Today we need to talk about the Green Bay Packers kicking a field goal on fourth and goal. If you watched the game, you saw the Packers play some of their worst football of the year. However, Green Bay had a chance at the end of the game, when they were down eight with only two minutes left.

After a third and goal pass felt incomplete, the Packers still had life because, after all, they have Aaron Rodgers. However, Matt LaFleur somehow decided to kick a field goal and bank on his defense to force a three and out The same defense that hadn't forced a three and out the entire game. The same defense that gave up a deep touchdown with one second left in the second quarter. Spoiler alert, they didn't get the stop.

It cemented Tom Brady a spot in the Super Bowl, but it also cemented Matt LaFleur as making possibly the worst coaching decision of all time. Sure, Pete Carroll should have run the ball with Marshawn Lynch in the Super Bowl. And pulling Blake Snell in the World Series was probably one of the most baffling coaching decisions ever.

But when you have one of the best quarterbacks in the game and you need a touchdown to keep your Super Bowl dreams alive, you keep Mason Crosby on that bench, bundled up like Bernie Sanders on inauguration day. Not letting Aaron Rodgers make a play inside the red zone will go down as one of the worst coaching decisions of all time. And yes, it passes drafting Jordan Love in the first round. I'm Minty Bets and this has been The Mint.