The Bucs have had a pretty high ceiling all year, so it wasn't out of the question that they could win, but it was still a very unpleasant surprise that they managed to pull it off this time. Still, they won it fair, so...still hoping the Chiefs embarrass them, because I'm a petty asshole.
I don't understand going for the field goal at the end there, though. It's technically a bit better to be down 5 instead of 8 in that situation, but also not really. I wish he'd gone for it; the results might have been the same, but they'd also taste a little less bitter.
Of course it wasn't out of the question that the Bucs could win. My point was that last year's road game against the 49ers was an absolute uphill battle for the Packers where they were considered the clear underdog by everyone, so going into this year's NFC championship game was very different.
I didn't agree with LaFleur's call to kick a field goal at the end of the game because the Packers defense wasn't trustworthy to get a quick stop. The DPI call on the Packers was upsetting too, because the refs had been very lenient all game long. Sure, a jersey pull was clearly visible here, but the throw was so far off that it should have been ruled uncatchable and the flag been taken back. But this kind of stuff has been typical for Brady's career; he's blessed by the football gods.
did we watch the same game? leading up to the FG, GB's defense was lights out. While I too don't agree with the FG, I can understand the reasoning behind it; they trusted that their defense can make the stop.
We probably watched the same game, it's just that you aren't familiar enough with the Packers defense to know that they are very on and off. It wasn't any different yesterday when they made some dumb mistakes (most notably the end of first half TD) and then intercepted Brady on three consecutive possessions. But making interceptions in the middle of a drive isn't the same thing as pulling off quick stops. The Bucs got 9 yards on their first play after the Packers had kicked their final FG, after which LaFleur opted for an intentional encroachment to make it 1st&10 for the Bucs because it was a given that the Bucs would convert on 2nd&1.
Besides, if you trust your defense to make the stop, then you might as well go for it on 4th&Goal from the 8. Failure would have meant that the Packers still needed a TD (same situation as by converting the FG they made), but the FG attempt stripped Green Bay of the chance for success to tie the game right then and there.
It's not like the FG was the decisive moment of the Packers' loss, because the fourth quarter was full of missed opportunities to score a TD. It was merely the final nail in the coffin. The bigger question now is why the Packers didn't do more in free agency the past offseason after their actions in the year before had paid off by bringing the two Smiths on board; they had provided a much needed boost for the pass rush.