ATLANTA - In a game decided by a single point, Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter will be reliving what could have been a late, game-winning interception.
“Ah man,” Gunter said, “I left one out there.”
With three minutes left, the Atlanta Falcons were driving for what would become a late touchdown, securing a 33-32 win. Gunter was line up across Falcons receiver Julio Jones, but he jumped an underneath route intended for Mohamad Sanu.
Gunter said a pick six flashed before his eyes. With nobody between him and the end zone, it likely would have been an easy touchdown.
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Instead, the pass ricocheted incomplete.
“He actually got his hands on it before I could really get a grasp of it,” Gunter said. “That’s one you want to have back.”
Gunter did an admirable job against Jones, perhaps the NFL’s top receiver. Jones entered Sunday leading the league with 830 receiving yards. Gunter held him to 29, tied for his second fewest this season.
But he’ll be reliving the play he didn’t make. It was one of several chances the Packers defense had to turn around Sunday’s game.
“When you’re playing against a good offense like that,” defensive tackle Mike Daniels said, speaking for the entire unit, “just doing your job is not enough. You’ve got to go above and beyond, and we’ve got to make sure we put ourselves in position to do that more.”