Packers don't blame officials

The percolating debate about the non-call at the end of the Packers-Cardinals game could last a little while.

In the locker room after their season-ending loss, the Packers essentially chose not to add fuel to the fire.

Aaron Rodgers didn’t talk about the potential facemask penalty on the game’s final snap.  He wasn’t even asked about it.  Look for that to change Monday, although we doubt Rodgers will say anything headline-worthy after some time to digest the play.

Two other Packers involved in big non-calls, defenders Cullen Jenkins and Charles Woodson, also didn’t blame the officials.  Jenkins was called for a questionable roughing the passer penalty.

“I don’t want to talk about too much, they might take my playoff check from me,” Jenkins joked to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Woodson and Larry Fitzgerald were involved in a physical battle that left Woodson on the ground in game-changing moments.

“It is what it is,” Woodson said. “I don’t cry about those things.
Could they have called it? Probably. But I just give those guys credit.
They made the plays they needed to make. And that’s the bottom line.”

49 responses to “Packers don't blame officials

  1. I’m sorry to see the Packers lose, but the blaming the refs road is weak. A great team’s play should be able to make up for a blown call here and there. They played hard, but Arizona played harder.

  2. Packer fans should take a page from the team they root for.
    They aren’t whining, why should the fans be?

  3. The Packers got hosed. But it’s always lost in these arguments the official’s perspective.
    Peter King had a great write-up on why, even though the call was missed, the official was actually doing his job exactly as he was supposed to.

  4. There were also some bogus calls going the Packers way as well. Those two “horse collar” tackles were really questionable. The first one definitely wasn’t, but I can see a case for the other one. Regardless, there are calls made and missed on both sides all the time. What’s the one thing we’ve all heard in every sport? NEVER let the officials decide the game. If they block that dude at the end, no sack and no fumble.
    I hate seeing a GREAT game get defaced just because someone’e panties are in a bunch over a missed call. It happened on BOTH sides!

  5. Maybe this is not the right place to ask this question, but, I am completely confused as to why Arizona didn’t get another chance to kick the field goal after they missed the first one on their first down.
    I have been drunk more often than not watching most NFL games in my life, but, I always thought that missing a field goal was similar to an incomplete pass, in that, it just takes away a down.
    I would bet hundreds of dollars that I have heard announcers make a statement about, “thinking about trying a field goal on third down so that if something happens, they still have another try on fourth down…”
    I dont know, if someone knows why they didnt get another chance and this is a normal rule, please tell me. I am confused…

  6. Yeah, real nice to see supporters of cheating posting here. Thats how you want a game to end. Its bad enough the NBA has corrupt officials, apparently the NFL does also.
    That penalty, was the game ending, season ending, game changing penalty. The Packers should have had a 1st down in overtime, and they easily could have won.
    Real nice of everyone to try and cover the corruption up. Even the TV announcers didn’t say a word, when it was blatant as day when played back.
    I doubt I will waste my time watching any more “NFL” games.

  7. Also, considering how pathetically poor the entire defense played (including Woodson), they are in no position to comment about anything. They couldn’t stop anything. There is no way they should have been ranked where they were.

  8. Charles Woodson is not complaining, because his play involves constant pass interference and illegal contact. And because he is a great player, refs respect him, and don’t call them as much as they should during the season.

  9. as a packer fan I refuse to be the sort of fan who will go on forever saying they were robbed like someone who would blame a 41-0 playoff loss on, I don’t know, say a conspiracy theory that the opponent was stealing head set communications.

  10. And they shouldn’t blame the officials, it was their team’s fault all over. Respect towards the Packer PLAYERS for admitting their mistakes and moving on. Shame towards the Packer FANS for failing to recognize their loss was all on their defense’s shoulders.

  11. clayslayer –
    When announcers say something like that, they are referring to if the team were to fumble the snap, or not get the hold down on 3rd down. Then they could fall on it and retry on 4th down. If you kick the ball with your foot, game over. You don’t get to do it again.

  12. And another thing. People want to blame the officials for the game. How about Packer fans getting pissed at their #1 ranked defense (I believe) getting scorched. Stop them and the missed call at the end wouldn’t even come into play!

  13. a good majority of ‘analysts’ picked the packers to go to the superbowl. remember? bunch of guys on espn, si.com, cbs, etc picked them to go, and some even picked to win it all.
    only the packers can get praise after a playoff loss. and a playoff loss in which they allowed 51 points.
    any other team that loses and allows 51 points in the playoffs would be shredded by the media, but the packers seem to avoid criticism all together. if the chargers, colts, eagles, etc, all early superbowl favorites just like the packers, allowed 51 points, their coach would be scrutinized the entire offseason.

  14. clayslayer says:
    January 11, 2010 9:57 AM
    Maybe this is not the right place to ask this question, but, I am completely confused as to why Arizona didn’t get another chance to kick the field goal after they missed the first one on their first down.
    I have been drunk more often than not watching most NFL games in my life, but, I always thought that missing a field goal was similar to an incomplete pass, in that, it just takes away a down.
    I would bet hundreds of dollars that I have heard announcers make a statement about, “thinking about trying a field goal on third down so that if something happens, they still have another try on fourth down…”
    I dont know, if someone knows why they didnt get another chance and this is a normal rule, please tell me. I am confused…
    —————————————–
    I’m not sure if you’re joking…..but a kick or punt ends your possession. When they say to try it on third down in case something happens they are referring to a bad snap where the holder takes a sack or has to throw the ball away. Once it’s kicked it is the other team’s ball whether it goes through the uprights or not.

  15. Pack vs Steelers and Cardinals: Gave up 88 points and 1068 yards offense. They shouldn’t bitch…not championship worthy football….

  16. Ryan says:
    January 11, 2010 9:56 AM
    There were also some bogus calls going the Packers way as well. Those two “horse collar” tackles were really questionable. The first one definitely wasn’t, but I can see a case for the other one. Regardless, there are calls made and missed on both sides all the time. What’s the one thing we’ve all heard in every sport? NEVER let the officials decide the game. If they block that dude at the end, no sack and no fumble.
    I hate seeing a GREAT game get defaced just because someone’e panties are in a bunch over a missed call. It happened on BOTH sides!
    This must be one of the dumbest posts of 2010. Those horse collar calls where so obvious everyone I was around called it before the refs did.

  17. Fans have every right to complain about the refs and shouln’t be bashed by others, who think it’s childish. Often, you should win by 1, but can’t overcome the ref. You can’t ask a team, to dominate his opponent in the playoffs.

  18. I’m a packer fan that isn’t blaming the refs for the loss. I’m not blaiming them for anything but sucking a$$. Not their fault we lost but they sucked bad. The fitzgerald/woodson matchup was absolutely atrocious. Just blast the CB and turn around, “hey I’m open.” I’m a ref too so I know how it works. Sometimes you’re not on your game just like an athlete. These guys were not on their game.

  19. Um, which Packers fans are complaining on here? Very little whining from the Green and Gold. Most Packers fans are very classy and know there is more to a game then one or two missed calls.
    Congrats to the Cardinals. It was a fun game to watch. Unfortunately, my team came up on the short end this time.

  20. The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.
    -O.J. Simpson

  21. the Packers made key mistakes on both sides of the ball throughout which, if avoided, would have resulted in a different outcome.
    however, the purpose of officiating is to keep the game clean and equitable. There are bound to be missed calls–and in the case of Woodson, I think the officials probably felt like he and Fitzgerald were interfering with each other enough that it was pretty fair. With the last play of the game, the failure to call appropriate penalties not only influenced the outcome of the game, but decided the outcome, which is the opposite of clean and equitable.

  22. Pervy –
    Vikes get crushed by Panthers…and Bears…and destroyed by Cardinals…not much of a winner there. Talk about an overrated team. What have the Vikes done in the last month? Have they beat anyone worth a damn?
    Vikes only hope is that the Cardinals take out the Saints otherwise lights out for the poor queens. Brees is licking his chops…Cardinals…then perhaps the Vikings rotten secondary…hes sure hoping he doesnt have to see the Cowboys again.

  23. the Packers made key mistakes on both sides of the ball throughout which, if avoided, would have resulted in a different outcome.
    however, the purpose of officiating is to keep the game clean and equitable. There are bound to be missed calls–and in the case of Woodson, I think the officials probably felt like he and Fitzgerald were interfering with each other enough that it was pretty fair. With the last play of the game, the failure to call appropriate penalties not only influenced the outcome of the game, but decided the outcome, which is the opposite of clean and equitable.

  24. We got out-coached. The two best coaches in the NFC will meet in NO. I say the winner of that game goes to the SB. Just sayin’.
    ps MM has a lot of work to do in his journey as a National Football League coach.

  25. The Packers, the “number two” defense in the league allowed 51 points to be scored.
    The Packers who are the 2nd or 3rd team in “take aways” throughout the season lost that battle against the Cards.
    The Packers, who live by the “big play” missed two golden opportunitites to have one–the last one being on the first play of overtime.
    The Packers got the benefit of two horsecollar tackles, the first of which clearly wasn’t and the 2nd one was debateable.
    And people want to blame this loss on the refs?
    I’m a Pack fan & I’ll take this season. Cardinals simply outmanned the Pack last night. No need for whining–
    Now if TT gets his head right this offseason & he & MM have a good draft and maybe utilize a little Free Agency if the opportunity presents itself next year could be very exciting.
    Good luck to the teams that are left, I’ll be hoping the Vikes bring it home to the NFC North.
    Also Vike fans, I hope you do not have to endure the annual Favre Waffle and he lets your guys know something in an appropriate time period. At least now I can kick back and watch the remaining games & just enjoy the sport of football not really caring about the out come.
    See ya’ll next year.

  26. As NFC North brothers…I welcome all of you Packer fans to jump on the Minnesota Viking bandwagon and support your division! That is what good fans do! Good season Packers… get that d figured out and you got a team!

  27. Pervy*Harvin says:
    January 11, 2010 10:15 AM
    The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.
    -O.J. Simpson
    —-
    Though I actually believe in that statement Pervy I find it odd you lifted it from a double murderer.

  28. It’s astounding – the media (and that would include PFT) is not even TRYING to be objective anymore. The number of ref bashing articles goes up considerably when the losing team is heavily favored by the media. They (the media) really hates being shown they know as much -or little- as the average fan when it comes to picking games. If you go back and look at this game objectively you’ll see there were just as many non-calls (and bogus calls) against the Cards as there where against the Packers. (Horsecollar number 1 – what a joke)

  29. Rodgers missed a wide open Greg Jennings 2 plays before that would have won the game. Ask Rodgers if they got screwed and he will never say they did because he knows he missed a chance to win. And after a missed 34 field goal, a chance to win is all you ask for in the playoffs. Rodgers knows the Cardinals should have won in regulation, and will never blame the Refs. But maybe they should, the Ravens cried like little girls, so this time around they were able to pound Brady and nothing close to the first game officiating was shown. And rightfully so, but you know their crying helped pave the way for a more physical game.

  30. PervyHarvin says:
    January 11, 2010 10:15 AM
    The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.
    -O.J. Simpson
    —-
    Though I actually believe in that statement Pervy I find it odd you lifted it from a double murderer.
    —-
    And convicted hotel robber.

  31. Pervy*Harvin says:
    January 11, 2010 10:15 AM
    The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.
    -O.J. Simpson
    —-
    Though I actually believe in that statement Pervy I find it odd you lifted it from a double murderer.

  32. @clayslayer –
    A missed FG is not akin to an incomplete pass. Once you attempt the kick (operative word), a change of possession occurs. However, in situations such as the Cardinals had, teams will sometimes elect to kick before 4th down because if the snap is botched or fumbled, etc. *before* the kick, the team attempting the FG can still try the kick again.
    I’m sure I missed some missed some of finer points related to that rule, but that is the gist of it.
    Have to admire Aaron Rogers, having watched him a few times now, he is so tough because he never gets rattled. Watched the Vikings physically pummel him twice, remained calm. Watched the Cardinals jump on him by 17, he remained calm. He’s a leader — Cutler could learn so much from him. Of course, the Vikes have no clear plan beyond his year so I can’t even comment on our QB situation.

  33. go pack go, go pack go, (home that is). All the pack fans came out for what they were sure would be a party in AZ. How funny. Now get the hell out of AZ.
    If you are from Wisconsin you do not want to get into a shoot out in AZ. That statement is as true today as it probably was 100 years ago or so.

  34. I still say the facemask wasn’t turned, twisted or pulled as the rules require for a penalty to be called. Facemasks are grabbed quite frequently but nothing is called because it wasn’t turned. There are also times when the ball is being stripped while it’s near the head and the follow throughof the defender hits the QB in the head and nothing is called.
    I can understand why they didn’t call it if they even saw it, since Rodgers’ head didn’t jerk at any point during the play. I wouldn’t have thought it a bad call either had they decided Adams didn’t let go of the facemask and flagged him for it.

  35. Penalties could have gone either way on numerous occasions. Seems like most cheesers are taking the high road like the players quoted in this article. The thing that impressed me as much as anything about this game, which has pretty much been the case all year, is how Rodgers kept getting hammered all game but still came out throwing strikes. The guy’s gotta be one big frigging bruise right now.

  36. The facemask didn’t alter the outcome of the play. whether he gets facemasked or not that ball is coming out and the end result is the same. Looking for loophole penalties that have no bearing on the plays outcome is sort of sad. I felt bad enough after the 34 yarder and winning the coin toss. “are we really going to win this way?” Don’t get me wrong I would have taken it. but not felt good about it.

  37. I being an ex Packer fan know it’s true with 99% of all Packer fans will blame the refs when they lose.I used to blame the refs for every loss the packers had because I didn’t want to admit that it was the Packers players and coaches who lost the games.It was much better to be in denial then to face the facts and the fact is the Packers are a classless bunch of fans.Thank god I finaly saw the light.

  38. Another thing.The Packers D was so inflated by all the bad teams they played all year long.I think they played 2 teams with a winning record and lost 2 to the Vikings(1 team) and beat dallas.Also almost every single team the pack played was missing at least one or more of their star players,so the Packers team as a whole was so inflated.We see what happens when they have to play a good team when it’s not missing alot of its starters even though AZ was missing Anquan Boldin.Boy I am sure glad I have come to my senses and am no longer a Packer fan.

  39. Be proud Packer fans. You didn’t allow 2 crushing defeats at the hands of your ex HOF QB gone to the enemy or a humiliating loss to the Buccs keep you out of the playoffs! You fought through adversity pretty good!

  40. Lost in all of this is the clear head to head violation on the Packers first and 10 during the last drive. They Pack was called for holding, but the head to head on Rogers should have resulted in offsetting penalties.
    Get some full time refs! I’m sick of games being decided by poor officiating.

  41. “only the packers can get praise after a playoff loss. and a playoff loss in which they allowed 51 points.”
    I wonder why they got praised. Is it because, oh I don’t know, they came back from a 31-10 deficit?
    Watch the game before making a stupid comment like that.

  42. “Pack vs Steelers and Cardinals: Gave up 88 points and 1068 yards offense. They shouldn’t bitch…not championship worthy football….”
    How about the Vikings giving up 7 touchdowns to Matt Moore and Jay Cutler? Like that is championship worthy football. At least the Packers gave up big yardage to good QBs unlike the Vikings, who made average QBs look like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

  43. Musky says (in response to Ryan post):
    “This must be one of the dumbest posts of 2010. Those horse collar calls where so obvious everyone I was around called it before the refs did”
    First of all, I’m sure ya’ll were all Packer fans, so no surprise you were calling for it. Second, Ryan’s post isn’t stupid because the first “horse collar”, was complete horse sh*t, you have to pull the defender down from within his shoulder pads and keep the motion throughout the entire tackle, that DIDN’T happen. Refs miss calls all the time, every football game is like that, quit whining, you lost.

  44. Darnell Docket had a great post-game interview on the field. Gave props, where props were due. Classy game.

  45. Packer success next year will be determined ths off season by Ted the “tu–” Thompson–will he sign anyone of his players??

  46. I’m not a fan of either team, but I’m sick of tired of the horrible officiating in the NFL. How did the “refs” miss Fitz running over Woodson…twice to get his td’s. That’s blatant off pass int…twice on 2 td’s. Those calls alone probably make a difference in the game. The other call that irritated me-besides the ending-was the bogus roughing the passer call earlier in the game on Jenkins. He was obviously shoved into him…no scratch that, held into Warner. Oh and I also remember seeing Rodgers take a blatant helmet to helmet. The league has got to get full time refs so this kinda crap stops.

  47. You know, maybe the Packers defense should try tackling?
    Instead of tryin to pop the ball loose and letting the recievers go for how many more YAC?
    I find it exteremely humorous that they did not adjust to the stacked rutes run at them.
    Middle of field was open all day.
    I also love to hear all the crybabies the day after.
    Christ, we have jokers on here claiming the oddsmakers had something to do with it!!!!
    Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?
    God, you got beat plain and simple. Get over it, move on and STFU!!
    You didn’t beat yourselves, you were OUTPLAYED.
    You didn’t get screwed by tghe refs, you got OUTPLAYED.
    Arizona, didn’t get lucky, you got OUTPLAYED.
    See ya next year , you turds. Your season is over.

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