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One of the areas that the Packers really deserve criticism in is their fourth-down decision-making. Through eight games, the Packers are 0-for-5 on fourth-down conversions.
Today, the Packers could have put points on the board with a Mason Crosby field goal attempt. Sure, the field goal attempt would have been pretty long, but there was no reason to believe that Crosby couldn’t make it.
Instead, they decided to go for it and failed to convert.
Those three points could have been huge later in the game as the Chargers surged in a comeback attempt.
There were other notable missed opportunities, too. Charles Woodson was penalized for pass interference on a fourth-down incompletion. That was arguably an unfortunate call, as the receiver that Woodson “interfered” with came to a complete stop right in front of him on the field, but it still gave the Chargers one more gasp of life in their comeback attempt.
The holding call on Woodson in the following drive was another replay of the same scenario.
While the Packers were fortunate enough to come out of the game with a victory despite those missed opportunities, they won’t always be so lucky.