McCarthy Stands On Decision Not To Prosecute FG At OT

Green Bay, Wisconsin – Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy knows the ins and outs of Lambeau Field better than anyone, having coached for parts of 13 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Facing fourth and third from the Green Bay 35-yard streak on the first possession of overtime on Sunday, McCarthy passed a 53-yard field goal attempt into the wind, with Dak Prescott instead throwing an incomplete one. After six plays, the Dallas Cowboys lost 31-28 to The Packers, dropping to third place in the NFC East.

“We were on the right goal line for a field goal,” McCarthy said. “Hey, to be honest with you, I thought we needed to move on. I mean I called it second, especially with the way the match was going. Big play, penalty. Big play, penalty. Big play, penalty. So Our goal was to keep playing. We’ve had good calls. I’m fine with the clear decision in the fourth and third. I just didn’t turn around.”

Had Brett Maher scored the field goal, the Packers could have won the next possession, and they’ve scored touchdowns at two of their last three possession possessions.

Maher’s only errors of the season were from 59 yards twice. He said the winds changed directions during the match from pre-match warm-ups.

“Wind was definitely a factor,” Maher said. “I think I could have done a good clean ball this way, but, hey, I like calling for a win in this situation. We’re here to win games. I think that was a good call.”

McCarthy was visibly annoyed during overtime, especially after two penalties (sneaking off wide receiver Galen Tolbert, holding Conor McGovern) wiped out 9-16-yard gains by Tony Pollard as the Cowboys marched toward a potential touchdown.

“I thought we were in complete control in overtime,” McCarthy said. “Obviously with penalties and things, very, very, very Frustrating. But you have to overcome these things. This group, this group of guys, hey, they have. But just disappointed for them.”

The players were disappointed with McCarthy.

A number of them said they wanted to win the game for McCarthy, who went 133-85-2 as the Packers coach and won the Super Bowl XLV. He raised his hat to the crowd after a pre-game announcement in recognition of his return, as well as nine other Cowboys assistant coaches with ties to the Packers.

“Obviously we wanted to get it for Mike,” Prescott said. “And that’s annoying we didn’t do. That is. There’s no way to color it. There’s nothing else to add. We wanted to get it for Mike but more importantly we wanted to put another brick around where we’re going and we didn’t. So we’re going to stick together. And we’re finding a way to make this team progress better.”

McCarthy, who turned 59 on Thursday, was attended by about 40 family members and friends. He arrived six hours before kick-off and was able to meet a number of people inside and outside the Packers organization. On the field, he shared a pre-game hug with former recipients Jordy Nelson and Randall Cope, as well as Aaron Rodgers. After Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal, McCarthy and Rodgers hugged again.

In the end, McCarthy spent emotionally and doesn’t want to be remembered.

“I’m not trying to be rude,” he said. “I’m not. I’m humble, okay.”

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