There's no one in Green Bay that's more hated than Ty Montgomery at the moment. Montgomery, who spoke with the media on Monday for the first time about the play, denied he blatantly disobeyed the coaches and said he wasn't sure where the ball would land, so he made a "split-second decision" to run, not wanting there to be any question about where he was and "put the game in the ref's hands".
According to unnamed members of the Packers who spoke to Michael Silver of NFL.com, Montgomery was instructed by the coaches to take a knee on the kickoff return after Los Angeles pulled ahead 29-27 late in the game.
Penalties were kept to a minimum (two for 10 yards), and the Packers didn't turn the ball over until Montgomery's fateful fumble. We've got Aaron Rodgers, the best I've ever seen, and you're gonna take that risk? "We're talking about the reasons why I did what I did, and I am not OK with that.", Montgomery said at his locker. You guys know. You guys never ask me any questions about teammates.
"There's a lot of stuff that's not true that's causing me to have to deal with false accusations about my character, perceptions about my character".
Sam Shields started the momentum swing against his former team when he tiptoed along the goal line to down a punt by Johnny Hekker, trapping the Packers at their 1.
Los Angeles awoke after that stop, both in the stands and on the field.
"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.
"We made a mistake". I don't know. Maybe that's what they do in their family. Every win matters in the National Football League: wins are a necessity, vegas and fantasy are supplementary.
Rodgers still had the ball with the chance to lead a clock-draining drive with 6:49 left.
Packers: WR Randall Cobb had four catches for 40 yards in his return from a three-game absence with a hamstring injury.
Even if he didn't fumble, this was a suboptimal decision from Montgomery.
The Packers realize they're gaining a reputation as a team that plays to the level of its opposition.
"I saw the word "tantrum" used - obviously it was sent to me", Montgomery said. It was basically a replay of the San Francisco game all over again. I don't really know how else to explain it. "This team has demonstrated through eight games that while we have a long way to go, this team is capable of winning games in a bunch of different ways". Guys talking about how they can trust me, it's tough for me to trust anyone now.