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Is Mike McCarthy an Issue for the Packers? Green Bay HC Blasted on Twitter after Loss to Seahawks

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy is under immense pressure after another defeat in Seattle left his team on the brink of missing out on the playoffs.

The Packers arrived into Thursday night's game having not won on the road against the Seahawks since 2008 and made it four defeats in four attempts after losing 27-24. The defeat leaves Green Bay with a 4-5-1 record which significantly complicates their chances of reaching the playoffs, particularly given they travel to Minnesota a week from this Sunday night.

Leading by one point with 8:23 left in the game, Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down and the Packers settled for a field goal that extended their lead to 24-20. It turned out not be enough as the Seahawks hit back with 5:08 to play when Russell Wilson found Ed Dickson in the end zone with a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The Packers had a chance to hit back soon after but McCarthy opted to punt the ball away with 4:20 left on fourth-and-2, despite the fact he had only one timeout left. His hopes that the defense would give Rodgers another shot never materialized as the Seahawks controlled possession and ran down the clock.

After the game, McCarthy admitted the Packers had “played the numbers with one timeout plus the two-minute warning”, but the gamble backfired spectacularly and left him open to a barrage of criticism.

In McCarthy’s first 10 years in Green Bay, the Packers made the playoffs on eight occasions, winning Super Bowl XLV and reaching the NFC Championship Game three times. However, they missed out on the playoffs for the first time in nine years last season and McCarthy has increasingly been accused of holding back Rodgers through a mixture of questionable plays and trades.

The quarterback was clearly frustrated after the game, suggesting his team had been “terrible on third down” and must make the most of their scoring opportunities from now on.

"Situationally, we've got to score touchdowns in the red zone,” he told ESPN.

“We had a chance in the first quarter to go up a couple scores -- didn't. Had a chance in the fourth quarter to go up by eight -- didn't get it done. Situational football."

The 34-year-old completed 21 of his 30 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked five times and continued to suffer from a chronic lack of support. With the exception of Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, who had 166 receiving yards and 103 yards from scrimmage respectively, the Packers’ offense looked blunt. Robert Tonyan had 54 receiving yards but they all came from one reception.

After their trip to Minnesota, the Packers face home games against the Cardinals, the Falcons and the Lions with back-to-back road games against the Bears and the Jets sandwiched in between.

The margin of error for Green Bay keeps getting smaller.

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