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Bucs' Devin White: Aaron Rodgers Wasn't Beating Me to End Zone in NFC Title Game

Blake SchusterContributor IAugust 31, 2021

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Before the Green Bay Packers made the infamous decision to kick a field goal when they were down eight points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final minutes of the NFC Championship Game, Aaron Rodgers appeared to have an open lane to the end zone.    

Instead of running for six, Rodgers fired a pass toward Davante Adams that went incomplete. It was the right move, according to Bucs linebacker Devin White, who said there's no way he would've let Rodgers sprint past the goal line. 

theScore @theScore

Devin White says Aaron Rodgers was never getting into the end zone on that late play during the NFC Championship Game. 👀🤔 <a href="https://t.co/DIVzBQu9jS">pic.twitter.com/DIVzBQu9jS</a>

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband

Even if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t run this all the way into the end zone, he at least gets Matt LaFleur to go for it on 4th down. <a href="https://t.co/eGIHVcyHiT">pic.twitter.com/eGIHVcyHiT</a>

After the 31-26 defeat, Rodgers was left second-guessing his decision. 

White may have put that to bed.   

Whether a failed rushing attempt by the quarterback would've convinced head coach Matt LaFleur to go for it on fourth down rather than kick a field goal, however, is an entirely different question. 

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