NFL Twitter reacts to wild end to Bucs-Packers NFC Championship Game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Super Bowl in “Tompa Bay” after a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers. A wild sequence of events to end the game gave NFL Twitter a lot to talk about.
The first of three big events in the final minutes was a third-down play red zone play for Green Bay. On this play, Aaron Rodgers opted to throw instead of trying to run for a TD.
Packers fans wondering why Rodgers didn't try to run it in: pic.twitter.com/UnhEIK5FSq
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 24, 2021
Rodgers could’ve run for that 3rd down TD right???
— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 24, 2021
Why didn’t Aaron Rodgers run the ball in???
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) January 24, 2021
Joe and Troy need to be talking about Rodgers not trying to run that in.
— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) January 24, 2021
The incomplete pass prompted a fourth down in the red zone with Green Bay trailing 31-23. The Packers opted to kick a field goal, hope to stop Tampa Bay and put together a touchdown drive with limited time on the clock.
they kicked a field goal down eight points with 2:05 to go with the greatest red zone offense in league history
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 24, 2021
I actually think — given the stakes — Matt LaFleur kicking that field goal is the worst coaching decision I've ever seen.
— Nick Kostos (@TheKostos) January 24, 2021
Packer fans can be upset about that call if they’d like. But your coach kicked a 26 yard field goal to make it a five point game instead of letting your hall of game quarterback go for the tie. Control what you can control. Awful, inexcusable coaching decision.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 24, 2021
Matt Lafleur deciding to kick a field goal pic.twitter.com/WhkwLgk157
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 24, 2021
Matt LaFleur worked his whole life to have a chance to coach a team to the Super Bowl, and he just kicked a field goal down 8 with two minutes left. Never have dreams. Never care about anything
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) January 24, 2021
Kicking a field goal… inside the 10… down 8… to give Tom Brady the ball back with 2 minutes left?
— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) January 24, 2021
A pass interference call on Tampa Bay’s final possession ultimately ensured victory for the Bucs.
— Perfect 10 Sports & Betting (@perfect10sb) January 24, 2021
The jersey tug led to some debate about consistency from the officiating crew and mentions of the infamous no-call in the Saints-Rams game.
— Tony Clements (@TonyClementsTC) January 24, 2021
Pretty hard to complain about the Kevin King PI call when you see it like this. pic.twitter.com/VqF4wUvuyA
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) January 24, 2021
On the PI call that ended the game, there was an OBVIOUS hold by Tristan Wirfs.
Can’t make one call without the other. pic.twitter.com/HZSLoNjtMX
— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) January 24, 2021
YOU CANNOT THROW THAT FLAG NOW. Not after the way this game has been called and not that late!!!
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) January 24, 2021
Bro! I know y’all hate that they threw that flag, but you can not say he didn’t grab him.
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) January 24, 2021
They let em play all game just to throw that flag?
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 24, 2021
If you don’t think this is pass interference then you have problems pic.twitter.com/ECU5ZWEWgA
— SexLandSZN (@camfromthe216) January 24, 2021
Tom Brady after that late pass interference call to seal the game. pic.twitter.com/eOmPbX1AGr
— Brian Lubluban (@brianlubluban) January 24, 2021
Or that pass interference on Green Bay wide outs oh those only count if it’s Tom Brady’s team
— Dustin Hall (@dustinhall182) January 24, 2021
When a questionable pass interference call ruins a good playoff game: pic.twitter.com/ikEs6MzTJs
— Troy Kless (@TroyKless) January 24, 2021