LaFleur’s coaching decisions both hinder, save Packers in Dolphins win

The Green Bay Packers are in a fight for survival. Each week is essentially a playoff game as they try to sneak into the postseason.

That can make them a desperate team, which breeds danger and opportunity, and some of Matt LaFleur’s coaching decisions Sunday straddled both. In the end, it paid off as the Packers defeated the Miami Dolphins 26-20 and kept themselves alive in the race for a playoff spot.

“A resilient win by our team,” LaFleur said. “Super proud of the guys in the locker room sticking together, no flinch. It wasn’t pretty.”

It wasn’t pretty as the Packers went 2-for-5 in the red zone and 2-for-4 specifically in goal-to-go situations. Both times, Mason Crosby (who set a Packers franchise record Sunday for most consecutive starts) knocked in field goals. In total, the Packers settled for four field goals, three of which were in the red zone.

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur stands on the sideline during the first half against the Miami Dolphins.

“I think a lot of times when you kick a bunch of field goals that’s usually just enough to get you beat,” LaFleur said. “We got to be better in the red zone. Gotta get these guys better calls.”

Late in the fourth-quarter, with Green Bay leading 23-20 and just over 2 minutes remaining, the Packers found themselves facing a fourth-and-3 from the Miami 8-yard line. Initially, the offense stayed on the field before taking a timeout. After the timeout, the field goal unit came on.

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