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Rodgers tears up LaFleur after Crucial Packers win over Cowboys

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Sunday’s thrilling overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys was emotional for the Green Bay Packers in more ways than one.

Blood ran high and tensions ran high as the Packers failed to convert a third game late in the fourth quarter in a 13-13 tie. After the game, cameras caught quarterback Aaron Rodgers barking heatedly at head coach Matt LaFleur as he ran to the sidelines.

Bleacher Report posted video the altercation on Twitter shortly after it occurred.

Rodgers was asked during the post-game press conference what made him so angry on the sidelines.

“Probably just every single play,” Rodgers replied bluntly.

Rodgers added that the quarterback would normally have had control of offensive direction in late-game situations like the one Green Bay faced on Sunday against Dallas.

“I feel like we’re about 30 yards from finishing the game normally and I also felt like it was two minutes so I’d call those [plays] and I was in a pretty good rhythm,” Rodgers said.

“Obviously I didn’t have a lot of tries tonight, but I felt like I was in a pretty good rhythm,” the quarterback continued. “I felt like I threw the ball exactly where I wanted to tonight and I wanted a chance to win the game.”

The Packers received the ball at their own 33-yard line with a minute and 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after a Cowboys punt. The team missed RB Aaron Jones two yards from left guard on first down, seven yards from right tackle on second down, then called a pass play to Rodgers on third down. Unable to find anyone in the open field, Rodgers chose to throw the ball away.

LaFleur also addressed the fourth-quarter confrontation with his QB, as well as Rodger’s general frustration with the way the Green Bay coaching staff managed the final two minutes of the game. The Packers head coach acknowledged that “indecisiveness” on his part led to carelessness and overtime that the Packers might have avoided.

“When we get into those kinds of situations, we often give Aaron a lot of freedom to run the show. Today, he [did] great job with it. So in hindsight, it’s 20/20,” LaFleur said. “That’s on me.”

As tense as things were in a tight game that Green Bay desperately needed to keep their playoff hopes alive, the dressing room was just as cheery after a five-game losing streak.

“It’s hard not to get emotional after this game. It was a long way from where we were. It felt like forever since we won a game,” LaFleur told reporters. “It means a lot to us. Lying on the ground and fighting and fighting on, you want to see that.”

The Packers came back from a 28-14 deficit in the final stanza, the first time the Cowboys had lost in 195 games after taking a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Now 4-6, Green Bay must turn around in a short week and defeat the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on Thursday night to try to keep up for a wildcard spot in the NFC.

The Packers came back from a 28-14 deficit in the final stanza, the first time the Cowboys had lost in 195 games after taking a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Now 4-6, Green Bay must turn around in a short week and defeat the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on Thursday night to try to keep up for a wildcard spot in the NFC.



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