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Trestman’s gutsy 4th-down call put Bears on road to glory vs. Packers

Updated: November 6, 2013 10:46PM



In a joyous Lambeau Field locker room Monday night, wide receiver Brandon Marshall approached coach Marc Trestman.

“You have some big huevos to do that,” Marshall said, using Spanish slang to give Trestman credit for the guts it took to make a key call.

Trestman’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-one — from the Bears’ 32 with 7:50 left — was the defining play of the 27-20 victory against the Packers.

“Energy, momentum, sense of urgency, wake up guys who may be a little asleep,’’ Marshall said.

“It’s a trickle-down effect when you go for it on fourth down.”

Whether it defines the season depends on your point of view.

“I don’t think one play defines a game,” Trestman said. “It could perceptively, but I don’t think it really does. There’s a lot of different ways to win.

“Brandon has a right to have his perspective on it — and that’s great — but no one play really determines a season.

“The story could be that, but I could show you a half-dozen, for sure, that if a guy didn’t make a play or if a guy wasn’t in the right spot at the right time, it would’ve made a difference in the final score.”

Trestman called a timeout before Matt Forte’s three-yard run to discuss whether to punt.

“There were flickers of things that went through my mind, and we talked about those things,” Trestman said. “We talked about the play we were going to run.

“We always talk about ‘fourth down to win’ in the locker room before the game: ‘What are the plays we need fourth-and-three to win? Fourth-and-one to win? Fourth-and-a-half to win?’ So we knew the play we were going to run going in. . . . And we talk about the analytics of it, as well. But at that point, at that place, it seemed like the right thing to do.”

The end justified the means, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.

“The biggest thing is, it doesn’t matter what decision you make,” he said. “It’s whether you win or lose the game.”

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