‘I’d Try to Go and Score a Touchdown’- Joe Montana on Bizarre Play Call During Green Bay Packers NFC Title Game

Published 03/04/2021, 10:01 AM EST
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020 season was one that Green Bay Packers hoped would end with MVP-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers lifting the Lombardi Trophy. But sadly, that was not to be the case.

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The Green Bay Packers once again failed to clear the hurdle known as the NFC Championship game last season. This was the franchise’s second consecutive defeat in the conference title game in as many years.

This, of course, left a bitter taste in the mouths of both players and fans alike. But one play from the game which still gives the Packers faithful nightmares is the decision to go for a field goal, late in the 4th quarter of the game from the 10-yard line.

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Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers had a chance to tie the game with a touchdown and 2-point conversion from that play. But instead, Head Coach Matt LaFleur relied on the Packers’ defense to get the ball back for the team.

The Buccaneers ultimately held on, and 2020 ended as yet another season of being so close, yet so far for the Packers.

Joe Montana flummoxed by Green Bay Packers decision

During a segment of ESPN’s First Take, legendary San Francisco 49ers QB Joe Montana was asked about the Packers’ decision to go for the field goal. And frankly, Montana seemed as confused by the decision as everyone else.

“At that point in the season, you’ve worked so hard to get to where you are, it’s hard to get there. You got an opportunity to give the NFL MVP a chance to win the game for you. I didn’t understand that decision at the time,” said Montana.

Montana further questioned the decision due to the way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady were playing over the course of the game.

“You know, everybody’s like, well there’s chances of you getting the ball back. But no way! The way that Tampa Bay was playing at the time, you can’t let Tom Brady have the ball. Especially, in a clutch situation like that. He’s gonna perform,” Montana added.

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Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after an NFL game. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 4-time Super Bowl winner said that if he were in the same situation, he definitely would’ve gone for the touchdown.

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“I’d have tried to go and score the touchdown… I’m an offensive player speaking for a quarterback. You always want the ball in your hand. And I’m sure that Aaron, guaranteed, feels the same way if not worse, because it happened to him,” he added.

The Packers must now wait another season for a Super Bowl win. But do you think that things could’ve been different in 2020, had Aaron Rodgers taken the snap on the 4th down?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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