Instead, with the Packers' offense humming and the Vikings' defense one of the worst in the league at stopping the run, Sherman called for a handoff to 275-pound fullback Nick Luchey. Luchey was stopped in the hole short of the first down (at least in the eyes of the officials).
The fourth-down stand helped spark a Vikings comeback.
"It was an aggressive call at that time," Sherman said Monday. "I felt going into the ballgame that it was going to be a high-scoring game because they had the top offense in the National Football League. I felt like we needed to have points, and I wasn't satisfied where we were that that would necessarily be enough points."
Many of the Monday morning quarterbacks no doubt are the same people who criticized Sherman for punting on fourth-and-1 in the final minutes of the playoff loss at Philadelphia in January.