McCarthy on failed 4th down: 'I'd do it again'
Holding a 10-3 lead with 6:31 left in third quarter, Packers coach Mike McCarthy had a decision to make.
Green Bay had the ball at the Tampa Bay 1-yard line on fourth down. He could attempt a field goal to make it a two-score difference or he could try a third straight time to score from the 1.
He chose the latter. And again the Packers failed to score, turning over the ball on downs.
"I was trying to score," McCarthy said.
On first-and-goal from the 6, Eddie Lacy ran 5 yards to the 1. On second down, with JC Tretter entering as an extra blocker, Lacy was tackled for no gain to the right side. On third down, with defensive tackle Mike Daniels in as an extra blocker, John Kuhn was stopped for no gain to the right side.
"Obviously we ran it the first time, the call I thought was clean, (and) it looked like we had a chance to get it in there," McCarthy said. "Second down and third down – I wish I had the second-down call back just for the fact that you've got the best quarterback and player in football and I didn't put the ball in his hand on first, second or third down, so that factored into my decision to go for it on fourth down because obviously of the confidence I have in Aaron (Rodgers) and our ability to spread people out.
"Also, the fact the way our defense was playing; I wasn't nervous about not getting it because backing them up inside the 1-yard line was an opportunity for our defense."
On fourth down, Rodgers' quick-slant pass to Randall Cobb was broken up by Leonard Johnson in the end zone.
"Those are the kind of things that you think about and I thought it was the right call," McCarthy said. "I'd do it again in that situation."