Nothing sadder than Packers' radio call of 49ers' game-winner


Nothing sadder than Packers' radio call of 49ers' game-winner

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) stands on the sidelines during the Packers' 13-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022, in Green Bay, WI.

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The top-seeded Green Bay Packers were booted from the postseason in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night in Green Bay, 13-10, by the visiting San Francisco 49ers — the NFL's lone remaining wild card team.

And no one summed up quite what it felt like for the Vegas favorites to go down like Packers Radio Network color commentator Larry McCarren.

In his 23rd consecutive season working alongside play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee, McCarren let out an exasperated groan-sigh following Niners kicker Robbie Gould's game-winner that can only be described as steeped in sadness.

"Here's the snap — high snap — placement made, kick end-over-end to the uprights, and it is good," Larrivee said on the Packers' radio call.

"Oh, fssshhhh," McCarren let out.

Larrivee continued to do play-by-play for another 30 seconds, noting the 49ers had advanced, recapping Gould's field goal and eventually summing it up as a "gut-wrenching, heartbreaking defeat." But McCarren had nothing to add as the Packers were stunned at home and stopped short of a third consecutive trip to the conference final.

Go ahead and give it a listen:

As called on Packers radio: pic.twitter.com/NBncrjxBO8

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 23, 2022

McCarren, who played 12 seasons for the Packers and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992, has been named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association four times — in 1994, 1996, 2002 and 2007. He's now called Green Bay being ousted from the NFL playoffs in nine straight appearances (The Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010 and missed the 2017 and 2018 playoffs).