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Gamble on Crosby Goes Beyond This Season

K Mason Crosby (Matthew Stockman/Getty)

If the Packers go into the playoffs with Mason Crosby and he misses a key kick, the fallout could go far beyond a missed opportunity to win a second Super Bowl in three years. Instead, it could test the very foundation of the team.

Outside of which way a coach turns amid a quarterback controversy, it's probably fair to say that no single lineup decision will sink a coach's credibility in the locker room or future with the team. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy's decision on Mason Crosby, however, could be the defining moment of his post-Super Bowl tenure. "I'm not going to sit here and act like everyone's not watching...

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