Mike McCarthy said he did not consider letting the Bears score a touchdown in order to get the ball back with enough time for Aaron Rodgers to try to tie it.
It's a sound strategy in certain situations, and coaches don't often enough think outside the box. I agree with McCarthy in this situation, however. After seeing the Raiders and Saints miss routine field goals late in games on Sunday, and after watching the ultra-reliable Robbie Gould miss (granted, it was a 49-yarder) earlier in the game, McCarthy made the right call.
"I did not consider letting them score at the end," McCarthy said. "I felt they missed a field goal in the game ... There was talk about it, but it was not the decision we made."
What McCarthy said next should make Bears' special teams coordinator Dave Toub feel good.
"They performed better than we did," he said of special teams. "That was obvious. They won the field position battle, I think. I haven't looked at the statistics. I thought their coverage teams covered better than ours did. Their return game was more productive than ours. I thought we had some things going into the game we could take advantage of, but we did not. I thought their specialist handled the football better. So, it was not a positive for us tonight."
The Packers average starting field position was their own 21, the Bears their own 36.
Here's what McCarthy said about Devin Hester's 62-yard punt return for a touchdown:
"I thought we had good coverage. I thought, in that particular situation, you obviously want to place the ball at certain places on the field against Devin Hester. We're in a backed-up situation, trying to change the field position. You gotta cover the ball once in a while. We've been covering the football better, that didn't happen and obviously, that was a huge play in the game."