Sherman: Too aggressive

Packers coach Mike Sherman has come under some criticism for going for it on a fourth-and-1 situation from the Vikings' 15-yard line during the third quarter Sunday.

With the Packers up by 14 at 24-10, an almost chip-shot field goal would have put Green Bay up by three scores.

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.


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