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Bucs Star Was Stunned By The Packers' Field Goal Decision

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Shaquil Barrett tackling Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship game.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers tries to avoid the tackle of Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The NFL world was shocked by Matt LaFleur's decision to kick a field goal in Sunday night's NFC Championship game.

Down eight with just over two minutes left on the clock, the Packers elected to take the points instead of going for the game tying touchdown. With Green Bay's No. 1 ranked red zone offense and Tom Brady on the opposing sideline -- this choice was baffling to many.

The magnitude of this moment wasn't lost on the Bucs players either. Tampa Bay linebacker Shaq Barrett was dumbfounded by the ultimately game-deciding decision.

"I couldn't believe it," Barrett

"I couldn't believe it," Shaq Barrett says of Packers opting for a field goal instead of going for a tying touchdown on fourth-and-goal with just over two minutes left. "I know if they could take that back, they probably wouldn't do that next time."

— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 24, 2021

">told reporters after the game. "I know if they could take that back, they probably wouldn't do that next time."

After LaFleur opted to kick the field goal, all the pressure was on the Green Bay defense to get a stop. After a couple first downs, the Packers forced Brady and the Bucs into a tough 3rd-and-long scenario around midfield. On the make or break play, Tampa Bay advanced the ball down the field on a highly-controversial pass interference call.

From there, the Buccaneers were able to wind down the clock and punch their 31-26 ticket to this year's Super Bowl.

For years to come, this game will go down a game of "what ifs" for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.