Three-and-Out: A look at John Fox’s decision-making vs. Packers
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Back in time
With 46 seconds remaining, Bears coach John Fox elected not to accept a 10-second runoff when a timeout was needed on the field because Packers guard Lane Taylor was injured.
On the next snap, quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with receiver Jordy Nelson on his game-defining 60-yard pass.
Without a timeout, the Packers ran to the line, Rodgers spiked the ball and then Mason Crosby made a game-winning 32-yard field goal.
Why didn’t Fox keep the 10 seconds?
“We didn’t really forecast a 60-yard play down the middle there actually letting the clock run,” Fox said. “It would be aggressive. You’d get the 10 seconds back. It’s third-and-. We have to make a play.”
Translation: Fox wanted his offense to have a chance if the defense was able to get that stop on third down. It didn’t.
Give me the 3
Fox’s decision to play it safe on fourth-and-goal from the Packers’ 4 with 1 minute, 27 seconds remaining also stood out. Instead of going for it, Connor Barth made a 22-yard field goal to tie the game at 27.
“I’m sure we’d have questions if we had gone for it on fourth down and didn’t get that either,” Fox said. “It comes with the territory.”
Running back Ka’Deem Carey went viral during the game after linebacker Joe Thomas’s helmet-to-helmet hit on him near the goal line in the second quarter popped the left “C” decal off of his helmet. Blame the force of Thomas’ hit — Carey gained only one yard — but also the frigid cold.