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|Following their loss to the New England Patriots, the Green Bay Packers visit the examination room.|
Watching the game live in the fourth quarter, I didn't react the way many of you did when McCarthy decided on a 19-yard field goal rather than going for it on fourth-and-goal from the Patriots' 1-yard line. Mason Crosby's kick gave the Packers a 27-21 lead, ensuring the Patriots would need a touchdown to win even if the Packers didn't score again. To me, when you're in a dogfight on the road and your defense is playing as well as the Packers' was, you always take points late in the game. In essence, that was McCarthy's postgame explanation. If anything, McCarthy is more vulnerable to criticism for his second-down play -- a second-consecutive handoff to tailback John Kuhn.