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The Seahawks were only able to come back because of Mike McCarthy's horrendous coaching decisions

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The Packers didn't lose because of Mike McCarthy's poor decision to kick a pair of field goals in the first quarter. But if he hadn't been so foolish, the Packers would've had a better chance of winning.

When we look at Green Bay's collapse against the Seahawks, the largest comeback in championship game history, we will talk about Russell Wilson's perseverance after an awful start. We'll talk about Green Bay's failure to recover an onside kick that hit TE Brandon Bostick in the hands. We'll talk about the incredible stretch where everything the Seahawks tried went perfectly, and everything the Packers tried failed.

We probably won't spend a lot of time talking about things that happened in the first quarter. But we should. Because Mike McCarthy's decision to kick a pair of absurdly short field goals didn't put his team in the best possible position to win, and in a game that eventually went to overtime, every point matters.

The decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 1-yard-line is one of the easiest in football. This is not up for debate.  An offense has a pretty good chance of gaining a single yard: NFL teams pick up a yard 55 percent of the time.  Even if you fail, you give the other team horrible field position, leading to high likelihood of another scoring opportunity. And the payoff is worth it. A touchdown is worth more than twice as many points as a field goal.

The New York Times analyzed every fourth-down decision made this season. Here are the two analyses of the Packers' first-quarter decisions. Both led to the Packers having 1.3 less expected points.

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Did the Packers lose because of McCarthy's bad calls? No, of course not: there were a variety of other things they could've done to prevent the Seahawks from storming back.

But they didn't maximize their ability to score points, which, well, is kind of the job of a football team. They had the potential to get 14 points, and chose of their own accord to walk away with six. If they'd scored two touchdowns on those two drives, the Seahawks don't have a hope of coming back.

Even if they'd only been successful once, they would have ended up with seven points instead of six. The game was tied at 22 after regulation. If the Packers had gotten even one more point, the Seahawks would've needed to hit on an extra two-point conversion to get to overtime.

In the first round of the playoffs, Jim Caldwell opted to take a penalty on fourth-and-1 and punt before losing to the Cowboys. As long as coaches keep making poor decisions and then losing, we will continue to point it out.

(It's also worth noting that where the Packers folded, the Seahawks doubled down -- they converted a fourth down play with a fake FG for touchdown.)