Packers get to the end zone, via a fake field goal

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Raise your hand if you called the first touchdown on Thursday Night Football coming not from an Aaron Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson touchdown pass, and not from a Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall touchdown pass, but from a Tim Masthay-to-Tom Crabtree touchdown pass.

Just after the two-minute warning in a defensive struggle between the Bears and Packers at Lambeau Field, it was Crabtree, Green Bay’s backup tight end, who scored the game’s first touchdown on a fake field goal. Masthay, the Packers’ punter and holder, calmly took the snap from the field goal formation and flipped the ball to Crabtree, who had a clear path to the end zone.

The fake field goal was beautifully drawn up, and the blocking was perfect: The Packers got a seal here and a seal here, and Crabtree just had to run the play in the alley.

Both teams’ offenses have struggled tonight, but Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense have looked, frankly, terrible. Crabtree’s touchdown gave the Packers a 10-0 lead late in the first half, and the way the Bears’ offense is playing, ten points might be enough for the Packers to win this game.

27 responses to “Packers get to the end zone, via a fake field goal

  1. Shocking, another gift touchdown by the Packers as the refs ignore a blatant block in the back. The officials and the league really want these guys to win for some reason.

  2. So where are all the Bears fans acting like their offense is the best think since the greatest show on turf? I know the games not over by any means and the Bears could turn it around but now maybe you’ll realize just how bad the Colts were…

  3. Congrats mike tice! This is the worst offensive game plan I could imagine. Have your worst OLman go against Matthews one on one. This is truly a masterpiece.

  4. chrishavelsux says:
    Sep 13, 2012 10:00 PM
    Shocking, another gift touchdown by the Packers as the refs ignore a blatant block in the back. The officials and the league really want these guys to win for some reason.
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    It’s funny how everyone on this site rips the Packers making excuses for their play yet you all act like the Packers can’t win without the refs. Tell your offensive line to block and your soft QB to quit barking and shaking his head every three seconds.

  5. Block in the back? Pffffff he was basically in the end zone when maybe a slight block in the back from Barclay. You honestly think that warrents a flag? Play was done. TD!!!

  6. Love fake field goals/punts. Definitely my favorite type of play (with long interception returns, and kick off returns being a close second and third).

  7. chrishavelsux says:Sep 13, 2012 10:00 PM

    Shocking, another gift touchdown by the Packers as the refs ignore a blatant block in the back. The officials and the league really want these guys to win for some reason.

    please dont tell me you are talking about the block on the 10 yd line, well behind the play. The player barely touched the defender. If that was called, there would have been an uproar by packer fans (and well deserved). Quit being a blinded fan of a team and look at something objectively.

  8. The Bears offense is the only one the terrible Packers defense can stop. They can’t pass protect worth a lick, and their receivers are struggling big time to get off press coverage.

    The Bears are still in this though, they can make adjustments. The Bears defense has always given Rodgers problems. They still have a good chance.

  9. Shocking, another gift touchdown by the Packers as the refs ignore a blatant block in the back. The officials and the league really want these guys to win for some reason.
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    I don’t even know why you and the 11 thumbs up people watch the NFL then. If the league is “fixed” then what is in it for you? (and you must think its fixed for a team to get special treatment).

    Packers get some benefit calls from time to time just like anyone else. Only someone anti- Packer would think the Packers are treated special by the NFL, the officials and now the replacement officials. That isn’t counting the different broadcast teams that would also have to be in on it to ignore such an “obvious bias”. Or the answer could be your biased. Hmm, the NFL, ref union, replacements and others cheating for one team or a lone nut thinking that is the case. I’ll go with B.

    If the NFL were going to “cheat” for anyone it would be the Cowboys since they draw higher ratings.

  10. Now there is a Packers’ 4th and 26 for which we can all be proud. Until last night, 4th and 26 would make all Packers fans cringe, bringing back memories of how that playoff game in Philadelphia got away from us back in January 2004. Now 4th and 26 can mean Tom Crabtree running for a touchdown against one of the Bears’ highly touted special teams…..and on a nationally televised game. Sweet!

  11. The shot of Lovie after the score was priceless. He looked simply flabbergasted. Every year they keep him is another year of failure.

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