Packers lament key mistakes in latest narrow loss


Todd Gurley's smart (and classy) move on game's final play wasn't loved by everyone

In the final minute, Gurley ran 17 yards for a key first down and stopped before reaching the end zone, allowing the Rams to run out the clock. Prior to kickoff, the Rams were favored by 7.5 points and the over/under point total was set at around 57.5.

Penalties were kept to a minimum (two for 10 yards), and the Packers didn't turn the ball over until Montgomery's fateful fumble. And I don't think we would be having this conversation if I didn't fumble the football, because you know how good our two-minute offense is, but I've never been a guy to completely disobey what I'm being told.

Los Angeles moved to 8-0, and the Rams are the NFL's lone unbeaten team largely due to Gurley's outstanding campaign. "I'm insubordinate. I'm a cancer, whatever is out there", Montgomery said. But the Packers started fast and were well in control of the game. So I'm thoroughly disappointed in the speculation and just the backlash I have to deal with now. There's no way to overstate what a crushing blow this was for Green Bay's fortunes.

Josh Reynolds caught two touchdown passes for Los Angeles.

"They've had the success they've had with a lot smoke and mirrors, good play-calling, speed and misdirection, " Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said.

"He made a mistake", McCarthy said.

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"I'll tell you what, the people who said that, it's unfortunate that they said that", Williams said.

The bet looked like a long shot for most of the game, with the Packers keeping things close and matching the Rams basically score-for-score in the second half. Every win matters in the National Football League: wins are a necessity, vegas and fantasy are supplementary. I think you can ask a lot of guys around the locker room. Instead, the Rams lost 6 yards on three plays before a 25-yard punt by JK Scott. It was Montgomery's decision to come out at all, and some believe it was a choice made out of selfish rebellion due to circumstances earlier in the game.

The Packers realize they're gaining a reputation as a team that plays to the level of its opposition. This was one of the best games of this week, and that should be a top matchup next week.

"I kind of had a feeling [it was a catch] because I got that left leg down", Gurley said, "but I was just hoping that they were going to review it". "That hurt us", another Packers player said, per Silver. I don't really know how else to explain it.

"That's something that we talk about, but Todd probably would've done that on his own", McVay said. "But it's tough for me to trust anyone now".

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