Falcons’ Grady Jarrett: Packers get away with holding, struggle when game is fair

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Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett says the officials did their jobs on Sunday, and that was a problem for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Jarrett said the Packers usually get help from the officials, but on Sunday the game was called fairly, and that was to the Falcons’ advantage.

“They’re a team that gets away with a lot of stuff as far as holding calls and everything. So, when the thing isn’t going his way, when the game’s played fairly, it tends to be a problem,” Jarrett said, via USA Today.

The Packers averaged six penalties for 52 yards a game in the regular season and were called for six penalties for 63 yards against the Falcons, so it’s not like the officials were unusually hard on Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game. But the Falcons liked how the officials did their job. The winning team usually does.

162 responses to “Falcons’ Grady Jarrett: Packers get away with holding, struggle when game is fair

  1. What this article fails to mention is that it is the calls against other teams that help the packers, rather than the calls against them–needless to say, I agree 100%.

  2. Having seen many Packers games, they hold and hold and hold, sometimes so blantantly, and yet very little yellow gets thrown. Their OL takes down guys allowing AR to scramble and rollout and their DBs have hands all over WRs more than 5 yards down field.

  3. It’s exactly what every non GB fan has been saying for years. They do get away with everything because they are the Golden Child of the NFL. They constantly get away with holding on the OL, holding by the DB’s, contact after 5 yards by defense, it’s constant. Enjoy the playoffs while you can, because in the next few years the packers will be irrelevant for years just like they were in 80’s and part of the 90’s.

  4. “The Packers averaged six penalties for 52 yards a game in the regular season and were called for six penalties for 63 yards against the Falcons, so it’s not like the officials were unusually hard on Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.”

    Apparently Mr. Jarrett gets his scouting reports from the brilliant comments here on PFT. Someone should tell him whining when winning is very unbecoming.

  5. The Falcons defense has faced Russell Wilson, Aaron Rogers, and now Tom Brady in consecutive playoff games. Forgive them if they’re a LITTLE suspicious of some of the calls that are made to the benefit of their opponents. Forgive them if they have a chip on their shoulder facing New England.

  6. ad28bestever says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:16 AM
    It’s exactly what every non GB fan has been saying for years. They do get away with everything because they are the Golden Child of the NFL. They constantly get away with holding on the OL, holding by the DB’s, contact after 5 yards by defense, it’s constant. Enjoy the playoffs while you can, because in the next few years the packers will be irrelevant for years just like they were in 80’s and part of the 90’s.

    12 4

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    You obviously didn’t watch any packers games this year. The DB’s where nowhere near any receivers after 5 yards….

  7. This is what the rest of the NFC North has been complaining for ever. Instead of keeping their hands inside the pads they grab from the pads or the shoulder. And apparently since all the linemen do it, it does not get called. If they had to block like the rest of the league they wood be in a world of hurt. At the same time the NFL would not be able to praise Golden Boy because he would get hit more than a tambourine.

  8. Been saying it for years. The league protects even helps Green Bay because they are fan owned. The more mony the team makes, ie playoffs tv revenue & such, the more money the “owners” got in returns. Just once i wish the league would stop help8ng both the Packers & the Patriots.

  9. WoW was just talking about this, yesterday. I thought the refs did a wonderful job this time. Is wonderful too much? They were very efficient. I could tell they did not want a team losing to a bad call. They studied again and was focused. Good job Refs! #RiseUp , My Falcons. Still very excited!

  10. The refs, aside from a face mask penalty that wasn’t called, called a good game. That’s not why the Packers lost.

    The wasted opportunities by the offense, and a beyond terrible job by the defense is why the Packers lost the game. #noexcuses

  11. Just exactly what the Falcons need. A guy you’ve never heard of, making headlines with his mouth.

  12. The deep throw on the rollout to get the winning field goal against the Cowboys there was a packer interior lineman blocking a cowboy and the other OL next to him grabs the same cowboy by the neck and throws him to ground. All going on while Rodgers Is running around in backfield. No call on a blatant hold that changed the outcome of game. This unacceptable.

  13. Here we go.

    Every Falcons now has his 15 minutes in the spot light and will voice every ill-considered idea that pops into his head.

    YOU SHOULD SHUT UP AND STUDY GAME FILM.

    That’s what your opponent is doing.

  14. It’s because when Rodgers has one his roll out scramble Hail Marys it’s good for NFL ratings, people enjoy seeing that type of stuff it would be bad for NFL to throw a flag to have it called back.. just like last year they gave him the phantom face mask again the lions so he could have two try’s at it.

  15. Back2Harry holds on every play which is why Rodgers has 10secs to throw the ball . Signed Everson Griffen & Danielle hunter

  16. This makes absolutely zero sense, but whatever. So the Packers get away with hold after hold, don’t get called for it, and continue to make the playoffs and progress into the playoffs.

    Then, finally, despite being just one win from the Super Bowl, they just decide to stop? Can someone explain that? It’s not like they tried to get away with early and the refs kept calling them for it, so they stopped. Apparently, they just stopped doing what they’ve been getting away with all season for no reason.

    Seriously sounds like somebody just wanted to make a soundbite that would draw attention. Nothing more.

  17. Someone talk to the guy about being a gracious winner. Comments like that actually belittle his own team’s victory.

  18. To say the refs are for GB is ridiculous. You can make the same accusation against any team – penalties get missed or called wrong. It goes across the board.

    I don’t remember many holding calls during the NFC championship game.

    I do remember the refs changing a roughing the passer call after checking out the Jumbotron and calling Rodgers for a weak 15 yard penalty on a stiff arm.

  19. The Packer O-line uses the Seahawks DB strategy of “We’re going to hold almost every play because hey aren’t going to want to call the every play.” Rodgers is phenomenal obviously, and he’s the best at extending plays in the NFL with only Big Ben being close. But that’s aided by his O-line getting away with a lot. For proof, see the hold on Irving on the Cook play in the Cowboys game.

  20. Couldn’t agree with Jarrett more, just take a look at the last play that set up the winning field goal against Dallas. There was a clear hold by the Packers on DL David Irving and the officials didn’t call it. The funny part is the official was staring right at it and didn’t call it.

  21. In just the postseaon this year …
    The receiver pushes off on Rodgers Hail Mary against the Giants and there is no call.
    Offensive holding on the Packers last pass that set up the game winning FG against the Cowboys and there is no call.

    As a Bears fan I have been seeing it for years.

  22. It is ridiculous to say the Packers have some kind of favoritism from the officials. They show replays on just about every down and the officials could call holding on every play on every team if they wanted.
    I’ve never seen such a bunch of crybabies, including Grady Jarrett.
    Fans of losing teams — of which the Falcons are one — whine about winning teams all the time. They can’t accept the fact that the other team is better, it has to be the officials are prejudiced against their team.
    Until these Falcons win a championship, they’d be better served looking ahead at the Patriots instead of whining about something which is not true.
    I hope the Patriots blow them off the field in two weeks.

  23. They average 6 penaltys and got 6 penaltys How many holding calls were made? 2? How is this any different than any other game? The only reason the yards are more is a long pi call. This proves Packers fans point more than Jarretts point. The refs aren’t bias towards the Packers. Looks like Mr. Jerrett has been reading and believing the Viking fans post on PFT.

  24. Green Bay has a good offensive line. But I don’t care how good you are, your quarterback does not get 9 to 12 seconds in the pocket to throw the ball without some holding going on.

  25. Let’s face it most good teams get help from the officials. With today’s technology I would love to do an experiment. Have ref’s watch and game and comment on calls. Then have the uniforms and numbers switched and then watch the game again. Bills fan here, when they were good we admitted (unlike some teams do) we got a lot of calls. Sometimes exactly when needed. We also know now that we do not get calls sometimes exactly when needed. I think it is human nature for people that good teams are looked at though a different lens. I watch game all year and comment that was a good team against a bad team call. that is why some good team struggle and complain about the refs when they play a good team. They are use to getting calls. When they don’t they think they are getting stiffed, when in fact they have been the benefactor all this time.

  26. The fact that the refs made it clear early they would be calling the game fairly caused the Packer OL to refrain from resorting to their normal holding on most plays . This explains Jarret’s point , without help from the refs the Packers OL was easily dominated .

  27. I know what’s behind this comment and it has nothing to do with football. It’s the same mentality that led Viking DB’s to ignore their coach’s game plan against Jordy Nelson in week 16.

  28. Packers held the cowboys d line on that freak play in the divisional round…this guy is just stating the obvious. All game long the refs kept calling BS flags on the cowboys like the “pass interference” cal late in the game when Rodgers hadn’t even thrown the ball yet. The NFL definitely has its favorites.

  29. You won, why don’t you move on to focusing on your next game. I would think focusing on the super bowl is more important than making comments about your last opponent.

  30. Not sure the truth behind the non-calls etc, but all I can say is I do love seeing Erin loose his cool when he’s getting his butt whooped. Pouts like no other, rips helmets off people by the facemask, begging refs for penalties. Aww poor whittle Erin not getting his way today….LOL…go FALCONS!!!

  31. Holding isn’t all of it. If you do a careful review of the first 5 games of the season, you will find their defense (blatantly, meaning without question) lined up offsides 41 times. This is extremely clear from the video. When you line up offsides, it’s extremely easy to disrupt a play.

    Their offense lined up in illegal formations (again, counting just the clearly blatant violations that are indisputable from the video) 23 times (tackles in the backfield). When the tackles line up in the backfield, it’s easy to protect without holding.

    That’s just 5 games.

  32. Waaahhhhh….

    I’m rooting for the Falcons, but won’t be rooting for Mr. Jarrett. Comments like this are inane and unnecessary. Holding happens on both sides in the trenches on virtually every play. You play through it. Whining when you won is crappy and juvenile. Packers earned their spot in that game the same way they earned their loss in it.

  33. The best part about the Packers losing wasn’t the fact they got humiliated. Although that was pretty good. It’s how the fans are now saying “we did really well considering all the injuries we had”. Regulars here are well aware of the Packer fans telling other teams that’s no excuse.

  34. Of course the Packers hold. They do it all the time. How do you think Rodgers has all day to stand back there, run around for a week or two, and then throw–by magic? Do you think he’s just that elusive, or that he has the best pass blockers in the world? No QB has that much time unless his linemen are holding. The defensive players in the NFL are too good.

  35. Aging HOF QB
    QB frustrated team hasn’t gotten better around him
    No RB
    Questionable coaching
    Bad defense
    Team gets tired of QB telling them they need to get him better players

    I think we’ve all seen this one before. Only this time, I don’t think a third HOF QB is going to be walking through that door.

  36. Like I said to my buddy during the game. Green Bay’s offensive linemen are apparently the best pass blockers in the history of the game, seeing how Mr Rodgers has enough time to shave while back in the pocket, yet there never really seems to be a holding call. They should give clinics in the offseason to kids on the art of “creative” pass blocking.

  37. Classy comment. Perhaps you should focus on your next game. And you’ve got 4 sacks in 2 years playing against alot of different teams. Either they all hold, or you just suck. Grady who?

  38. I have to agree with the guy. I’m a vikings fan but the packers get away with some crap. Their O-Line would instantly grab the shoulder pads of our D-Ends. They get a way with it, they grab the vikings receivers waaaaaay beyond 5 yards. They are done now, so that is neat. I really like the way the game was reffed. Let these guys play, if it’s an obvious call, then call it, no ticky tacky stuff, like the 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the cowboys game. Like what was that?!?? It’s like the ref had that in his back pocket like a trump card and was going to play it when the time is right……..

  39. @ the almighty cabbage,

    “Someone should tell him whining when winning is very unbecoming.”

    So is sour grapes. The Falcons didn’t just win – they flat-out destroyed the Packers, who were fortunate to be in that game given their deficiencies. The refs weren’t nearly as good in the previous game in Dallas, where several calls were ridiculous and several calls missed for both teams.

  40. unsportsmanlike penalty called on the Cowboys when they were driving in for a TD. a penalty that was last called in 2014. a penalty that has nothing to do with the game anymore, and you have a ref calling it in the playoffs. took points off the board for the Cowboys early in that game and the Cowboys were playing from behind the whole way after that. of course the NFL wants aaron rodgers and the packers to win. falcons are lucky the game wasn’t close at the end or the refs would have found a way to help the packers along.

  41. Whoever Grady Jarrett is, I have no idea why he would be spending any time worrying about the Packer game, one would think he and his team would have better things to do, like prepare a game plan to only lose by 10 instead of by 17.

    Or, maybe he is brilliant and is spouting off just to get some press to acknowledge the Falcons are even in this game because fair or not, 99% of the coverage the next 2 weeks is going to focus on Brady and Goodell.

  42. As a Packers fan I agree they do get away with a lot but watch their games and there are plenty of non calls they don’t get as well. As a previous posted said watch Clay closely during a game and he is held a lot. I would bet they don’t get away with anymore than many teams in the league. And I guess everyone forgets the mugging by the Cowboys DB’s the week before that weren’t called?

    As for the Falcons player we get it you throttled us badly on Sunday. Now shouldn’t you be on to the Patriots?

  43. Sounds like a sore winner to me and you fans sound salty everybody holds. In the Dallas game I remember 4 blatant holds that should have been called against Dallas in the first half Adams shoulder pad was hanging out of his jersey. And Rodgers has another 5 years and he is still in his prime we will be in it every year. We will improve. But for the Superbowl I’m definitely routing for the patriots the falcons get good for one year and their fans act like they are a dynasty .

  44. Rodgers is a whiny little bitch! He is CONSTANTLY crying for penalties against the other teams and I’m thrilled he’s finally being called out on it. One play against the Falcons a GB lineman pulled a defensive lineman to the ground but no holding was called. The very next play Rodgers was whining to the refs about not getting a call vs one of the DB’s. Gawd I hate that guy. And why does GB constantly get away with so much holding???

  45. Packers fans are a riot. They don’t care about Rodgers (and Nelson for that matter) whining all game, every game but Jarrett makes one accurate statement and they are all over it.

  46. He’s right. They also get away lots with pushing off, evidenced by every one of their successful hail mary’s. And they get a lot of contact penalties go their way too.

  47. Rodgers is so good, every defense they faced this year has been holding the receivers to the point of ridiculousness. The ref’s refrained from calling it on nearly every play because the necessity would be embarrassing to the NFL and cause games to last five hours.

    That’s the truth.

  48. Let’s just all face the facts, the NFL is not as interesting if it’s best QB’s are hurt. They (the league) will try to protect those guys as best they can. It sucks for fans of teams without that elite guy, but it is all about that coin. I loved those 2 hits a blitzing #34 put on Rodgers Sun. I thought he was going to cry on national TV.

  49. Man, if they thought GB was bad … wait’ll they see what NE tries to get away with. Not to mention all the help the Pats will get from the refs.

    They’ve never seen the kind of skewed play calling they’re about to face next Sunday. Pats and Refs vs Falcons.

  50. Duh.

    you have to blow them out so the refs don’t get a chance to cheat, and pulling a defensive lineman to the ground while your QB runs around in the pocket is holding for all other 31 teams.

  51. Every team gets away with calls, whether holding, pass-interference, or whatever. That’s part of the game. Usually it’s poor losers who whine afterward. This time it’s a sore winner. He must still have nightmares about being manhandled by his opponent, despite winning handily. Poor guy. I’m sure there’s an NFL counselor who can help him deal with this trauma.

  52. It’s also permissible for Peppers and Daniels to line up with their helmets OVER the LOS. These refs need to grow a pair and call it as you see it. That’s an infraction going back to pee wee FB dumbasses!

  53. tornsolace says:
    Jan 24, 2017 9:42 AM
    We will improve. But for the Superbowl I’m definitely routing for the patriots the falcons get good for one year and their fans act like they are a dynasty .
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    You had one good run. It was 7 years ago. And, if the Falcons win, they’ll have as many SB’s as Rodgers. Kind of puts things into perspective for those of you that think you’re in it every year.

  54. hope the league office sees his comments, and next season say, yeah its got to be called fairly…bug eyes head will explode when hail marys are brought back, passes within an inch of the sideline to win are brought back. .Rodgers is more luck than substance

  55. The championship games may have been disappointing from a competitive standpoint but after the worst year of officiating I can remember I have to say they were both among the few I saw this year that seemed like they were called well. For the most part they let the players play. It doesn’t make up for a season worth of WTH officiating but have to give the devils their due. Let’s hope the same holds true in the Super Bowl.

  56. dreadnok89 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 7:12 AM
    Falcons talk alot of trash for a team with an easy schedule
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    They did draw an easy opponent that last game. No arguing that.

  57. TheCommish says:
    Jan 24, 2017 10:18 AM
    Man, if they thought GB was bad … wait’ll they see what NE tries to get away with. Not to mention all the help the Pats will get from the refs.

    They’ve never seen the kind of skewed play calling they’re about to face next Sunday. Pats and Refs vs Falcons.
    =========================
    Regardless of truth, Jarrett is already well aware. Hope he can sleep at night.

  58. Just wait till the play the Pats, they will get zero love from the officials. The NFL has always wanted a bad guy like Tom Brady…wink, wink. They pretend they are against the pats when they are really giving them the benefits of all the calls. Everyone loves a dynasty right?

  59. Diogenes, we have found us an honest NFL player who has stated the truth: teams such as the Packers, Seahawks, Cowboys, Broncos, Steelers, and Ravens get help win game by NFL officials who do not make calls against them to give them an advantage to win games.

  60. conormacleod says:
    Jan 24, 2017 10:22 AM

    You had one good run. It was 7 years ago. And, if the Falcons win, they’ll have as many SB’s as Rodgers. Kind of puts things into perspective for those of you that think you’re in it every year.

    Ironic, coming from a Vikings fan.

  61. As a Cowboys’ fan, you “ain’t” telling me nothing about the phantom calls against us , when playing GB….smh…It is truly getting old! I have never, in my life, seen ANY q/b whine to the refs so much as AR did against the Falcons. It would have been comical, had it not been so sad. Guess that’s what happens when the refs call a fair game?
    GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Of course the Packers get favoritism from the refs. All good teams that are in the playoffs year after year and have a marquee QB do. If they were a bad team, with crappy players and crappy fans, like say, the vikings, they probably wouldn’t get the breaks that they do.

    viking fans have absolutely taken their offseason game to a new level this year. Look for a spike in Grady Jarrett jersey sales in Minnesota. He’ll be their new hero, now that they’ve decided they don’t want to worship AP any more.

  63. brendafortheboyz says:
    Jan 24, 2017 11:07 AM
    As a Cowboys’ fan, you “ain’t” telling me nothing about the phantom calls against us , when playing GB….
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    You just made me laugh beer out of my nose! Were we watching the same game? The Dallas DB’s were committing obvious jersey-stretching drive-killing holds on nearly every play. The entire country saw the same thing on TV. You just made my Packer fan season……. “at least we beat the Cowboys!”

  64. Wow, he is spot on. Just watch them play, focus on the o-linemen’s hands. They are outside and/or up inside the shoulder pads of the defensive lineman. Detroit complained about this very thing at the beginning of the year, to no avail. The NFL chooses who they enforce rules on. Green Bay is not one of those teams.

  65. It’s exactly what every non GB fan has been saying for years. They do get away with everything because they are the Golden Child of the NFL. They constantly get away with holding on the OL, holding by the DB’s, contact after 5 yards by defense, it’s constant. Enjoy the playoffs while you can, because in the next few years the packers will be irrelevant for years just like they were in 80’s and part of the 90’s.

    Don’t forget to mention the CONSTANT pushing off my Packer receivers to get open NEVER called. The illegal bubble screens they got away with for years when WRs are downfield blocking DBs while ball is in the air.

  66. carolinabear2015 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 8:30 AM
    As a bears fan, I have been saying this for years. I dont know why, but the packers get away with more holding calls then any team I watch.

    _________________________________________

    You don’t know why? It is to keep Aaron Rodgers upright, of course.

  67. Interesting. According to the packer faithful it’s only the Vikings that claim the refs are bailing the packers out.

    News flash, everyone knows this. See what happens when the refs aren’t bailing you out? Atlanta happens.

    By the way, carl Gerbschmidt, are you packed for #HeadedToHouston?

  68. conormacleod says:
    Jan 24, 2017 8:58 AM
    Aging HOF QB
    QB frustrated team hasn’t gotten better around him
    No RB
    Questionable coaching
    Bad defense
    Team gets tired of QB telling them they need to get him better players

    I think we’ve all seen this one before. Only this time, I don’t think a third HOF QB is going to be walking through that door.

    —-

    At the current pace, it would be the 4th HOF Qb walking through the door when Rodgers leaves.

    Fans of teams and not players would call that an embarrassment of riches. A mentality not well understood by loser organizations and fans.

  69. I love viking trolls.. Xavier Rhodes and that overrated secondary get away with holding more than any team in the nfl and they are complaining? Sit down losers

  70. The notion that NFL are always called fair and square is laughable. One literally has to either be blind, brain damaged, or on the NFL payroll to maintain that position.

  71. Vikings starting QBs in the past 20 years:
    Moon, Johnson, Cunningham, George, Culpepper, Johnson, Jackson, Frerotte, Favre, Ponder, Bridgewater, Bradford

    Packers starting QBs in the past 20 years:
    Favre, Rodgers

    We understand why you’re so angry and bitter. Its ok to express your despair. We even understand why you make silly comments about officiating and make rude comments about your far superior and successful opponents. SKOL.

  72. Honestly I like the Patriots as a second favorite team. They do things the right way and it shows in the trophy case.

    In this case i find myself rooting for the Falcons because it would be nice for them to win it all. Get that first Lombardi for the franchise.

    Guys like this remind you of what bad teams and fanbases sound like, cough, Minnesota, cough.

    You don’t hear good teams throwing jabs like this after they just won a trip to the super bowl. It should be about the matter at hand, taking care of business, and focus.

    The Pats will have this for the next two weeks. The Falcons already sound like They dont belong there.

    Maybe ill be rooting for the pats again after listening to this garbage.

  73. More and more players are calling it like it is. There is a small group of teams the NFL helps on a consistent basis.
    they darlings of the nfl.
    people are sick and tired of it. we want fair games, not fixed games.
    last years disgusting sb impostors was the icing on the cake, the donkeys got away with mugging, anything to help HGH manning.
    ratings are dropping
    players are now calling this type of bs out.

    the WWNFL is on the decline. The games are fixed.

  74. Let me explain NFL holding. Pretty much the only thing that gets called is when these two things happen at the same time:

    – OL is not directly between the D-lineman and the offensive player with the ball

    – D-lineman escapes the OL, and the jersey continues to be held for too long so that it becomes obvious for the ref to see

    Holding on interior lineman is rarely ever called, meaning you can pretty much tackle those guys if need be. An edge rusher might get a hold call if he blows by his guy and he gets brought to the ground.

    Part of the reason why the Packers got called for less holding was because they got rid of Sitton. He led guards in holding calls in 2015, and again in 2016 where he only started 12 games.

    This feels like the “OMG travelling” people that crawl out during the finals.

  75. By all accounts the Packers should’ve been lucky to make it to 8-8 after arriving at 4-6. The fact that they won eight in a row, ended their season at 12-7, put the Vikings back in their time-worn rightful position…..(behind the Packers,) knocked off a very good Giants team that was on a roll, beat the hottest team in football, on the road, and made it to the NFCC game…….and ran out of gas.

    Injuries happen to all teams. The Packers had no right making it as far as they did……..but they did. That’s what good teams do.

    Viking trolls are trying their best to make us feel bad about that. How could we possible feel bad about that? We could only feel like losers……if we were Viking fans.

    The level to which they are trying and failing to bring us, echoes how it must feel to lose year after year after year. Their jealousy is evident in their repetitive and desperate attempts at relevancy. They don’t belong in this conversation.

  76. Grady Jarrett is mouthing off because even though his team won, he personally contributed one tackle. One.

    He was “owned” and he knows it. He can talk big because the Falcons won , but they did not win in any manner due to him.

  77. What really kills me is the way Packers fans act like they’ve been this super good team forever! In between what, SBII and Favre’s arrival, all these great GB fans forget about those 30+ years of non existence. I’ll give it to you, You’ve had a pretty good run between Favre and Rodgers but I highly doubt another QB of that caliber will be coming through the door after Rodgers is done. Enjoy it now GB fans. It’s only a matter of time before the QB problems strikes GB like it does all teams!

  78. jboody79 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:10 PM
    What really kills me is the way Packers fans act like they’ve been this super good team forever! In between what, SBII and Favre’s arrival, all these great GB fans forget about those 30+ years of non existence.
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    Forgot? Packer fans are the best (Forbes ) because of the dark years, not despite them. That’s why we appreciate it and understand it and do not take it for granted. What other fan base has the background and history to form such a supportive atmosphere? There’s a lot of pretenders and haters though, which are their problems not ours.

  79. @ stellarperformance says:

    “You just made me laugh beer out of my nose! Were we watching the same game? The Dallas DB’s were committing obvious jersey-stretching drive-killing holds on nearly every play.”

    Ease up there, guy. It isn’t anybody else’s fault that you don’t know how to drink beer properly…… SMH

    But since you brought it up, let’s talk about both the non-calls and the horrible calls in the Cowboys/Packers game. I saw two obvious and legitimate holds (one where Adam’s Jersey was stretched) on Dallas DB’s that absolutely should have been called. No argument from me, as they were obvious. The next play Adams caught a 32 yarder – the missed hold didn’t stop the drive, and GB scored a TD. The second hold, as I recall, also didn’t affect the drive. The disappointing thing is how that game would be officiated was established early with this “officiating” crew. They flat-out sucked.

    Now, let’s talk about what was ALSO missed against the GB DB’s. Two BLATANT holding/PI calls against Witten, the second of which Joe Thomas basically tackled Witten close to the GL, and it was explained as “Feet tangling”. Look at the replay. It was obvious it was a missed call, and NEITHER of those 2 calls were made. Dallas had to settle for a FG instead of it being 1st and goal at around the 1 yard line. This easily could have been a TD instead of a FG (which could be considered a 4 point swing in favor of the Packers). Did you say something about drive-killing holds?

    There was also the obvious hold where Dallas DB Brown grabbed Montgomery PRIOR to the pass being thrown, and it was called as a PI. Instead of a 5 yard penalty, it turned into a 10 yard penalty. That 1st and 10 turned into a 4th and 13, and this is where Crosby kicked a 56 yard FG from the 38 yard line to take the lead. Had the penalty been called CORRECTLY, they very likley punt from their own 43 at that point, as McCarthy wouldn’t attempt a 61 yard FG. Crosby is good, but not that good. Shall we say 3 points for GB due to a bad call?

    Then there was the “unsportsmanlike” against Butler in the 1st quarter. Seriously? Butler ran to the center of the field, NEVER entered the huddle (because it hadn’t even formed yet), looked at the sidelines, and then ran off the field. Prescott then completed a pass to Williams to the GB 15, and then the penalty was called. This HORRENDOUSLY bad call pushed Dallas back to their own 48 yard line, well out of FG range. Very likely at least 3 points erased for Dallas because of a bad call.

    And then the dagger. The BLATANT hold where Lang put Irving in a headlock with the ref looking right at the play, and NO CALL, where Rodgers made that incredible throw to Cook. There were other holds not called, mostly with Gunter holding Bryant almost the entire game (some of those were called, some were not), but the refs have no outcome on the game with bad calls or non-calls, right?

    Bottom line? The Packers just squeaked by the Cowboys in a horribly officiated game, and I think virtually anybody with a set of functioning eyes would agree. Bad calls and missed calls on both sides of the ball. Yet Packers fans said NOTHING because they won.

    Then the Packers were destroyed by the obviously superior team in Atlanta. Life goes on, the world continues to turn. Yet you are on here after your QB whines about the calls in the Atlanta game (Rodgers said NOTHING in the post-game about the poor officiating in Dallas, btw) and you are complaining about the holds by Dallas DB’s a week earlier that did nothing to affect the GB drives?

    Priceless. Simply priceless.

  80. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:23 PM
    After being humiliated yet again in the playoffs i can see why turd nation is furious! Maybe turd Bay will hang yet another participation banner?

    ——

    The only participation banners we have are the 4 Lombardi’s hanging from the ceiling in the Packer Hall of Fame. Stop by and see them sometime, they’re spectacular.

  81. @ Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    “The only participation banners we have are the 4 Lombardi’s hanging from the ceiling in the Packer Hall of Fame. Stop by and see them sometime, they’re spectacular.”

    I know they are spectacular, as Dallas also has Lombardi trophies – it just happens to be 5 of them.

  82. nufcedmcgreevey says:
    Jan 24, 2017 7:13 AM
    The deep throw on the rollout to get the winning field goal against the Cowboys there was a packer interior lineman blocking a cowboy and the other OL next to him grabs the same cowboy by the neck and throws him to ground. All going on while Rodgers Is running around in backfield. No call on a blatant hold that changed the outcome of game. This unacceptable.
    ————-

    While this may be true, Dallas fans are not allowed to complain, since their line gets away with the same stuff. If not worse.

  83. stellarperformance says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:31 PM
    jboody79 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:10 PM
    What really kills me is the way Packers fans act like they’ve been this super good team forever! In between what, SBII and Favre’s arrival, all these great GB fans forget about those 30+ years of non existence.
    ///////://////:////////////////::///////

    Forgot? Packer fans are the best (Forbes ) because of the dark years, not despite them. That’s why we appreciate it and understand it and do not take it for granted. What other fan base has the background and history to form such a supportive atmosphere? There’s a lot of pretenders and haters though, which are their problems not ours.
    ————

    The Giants were as bad in the late 60s and 70s as the Packers were between Lombardi and Favre/Holmgren. And have the titles, of course.

  84. judsonjr says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:26 PM
    Let me explain NFL holding. Pretty much the only thing that gets called is when these two things happen at the same time:

    – OL is not directly between the D-lineman and the offensive player with the ball

    – D-lineman escapes the OL, and the jersey continues to be held for too long so that it becomes obvious for the ref to see

    Holding on interior lineman is rarely ever called, meaning you can pretty much tackle those guys if need be. An edge rusher might get a hold call if he blows by his guy and he gets brought to the ground.

    Part of the reason why the Packers got called for less holding was because they got rid of Sitton. He led guards in holding calls in 2015, and again in 2016 where he only started 12 games.

    This feels like the “OMG travelling” people that crawl out during the finals.
    ————-

    You cannot be serious typing this. We’ve seen wrestling takedowns, headlocks and bear hugs wide opn for the lead official to see and they just don’t call it. But they’ll call other teams’ linemen for barely grabbing a guy at all, i.e. Ereck Flowers.

  85. OF all the great quarterbacks that are left in this league, Rodgers is by far the most vocal about penalties. I wish there was a stat for every incomplete pass that Rodgers throws, how many times he has his hands up in the air looking at the refs.

    I also don’t see a whole lot of quarterbacks get up and yell at the ref ever other time he gets tackled.

    Last year Rodgers gets a hand brushed along side his facemask, keeping the drive alive to win -vs- the lions. This year, Rodgers not only hooks his fingers inside of a face mask, but the helmet actually comes off the defensive player after Rodgers extends his arm. Rodgers then complains about that penalty. Laugh. Out. Loud.

  86. @ Mr. Wright 212,

    “While this may be true, Dallas fans are not allowed to complain, since their line gets away with the same stuff. If not worse.”

    Firstly, it isn’t that it MAY be true, it IS absolutely true. Stevie Wonder could have seen that headlock Lang put on Irving – simply go look at the replay. Many other calls were missed too, including the grab on Davante Adams two times, so it isn’t as though I am only complaining about the missed/bad calls against Dallas (although there were many more of those then there were for GB).

    But let me get this straight – Dallas fans aren’t allowed to complain when refs don’t do their job? Horrible non-calls on both sides of the ball, PI calls that were holds, and then trouble spotting the ball correctly more than once in that game. See my above post regarding the horrible officiating in response to stellar performance (an interesting name that he may want to change after the Atl game).

    Dallas has arguably the best O-line in the game. They don’t NEED to hold, and they have a running game with Elliott that the defense has to respect also. GB does not have much of a running game (20th in the NFL in total yards, and and rushing TD’s in 2016), hence all the holding the GB line must do because Rodgers is passing as much as he does.

    Dallas is out, and so is GB. We will all see how both teams fare in 2017.

  87. 13worldchampioinships says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:19 PM
    OF all the great quarterbacks that are left in this league, Rodgers is by far the most vocal about penalties.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    I can’t agree with you, but I will say there are by far more players trying purposefully to hurt Rodgers than most other QB’s, for obvious reasons. They will hit late and do anything they can to put him out of the game. When a “normal” QB is having no effect whatsoever on the outcome of a game, why go after him?

    Get it now?

  88. Watch the play where Rodgers takes the helmet and throws it. Watch it closely. The defender has a grip on RODGERS’ facemask, before Rodgers engages him! Rodgers was simply giving back what he was getting, but got caught for it. I was proud of Rodgers for not taking any crap from anybody. He played his heart out, without any supporting cast. The Packers stunk it up, but Rodgers gave it everything he had. Great job Aaron.

  89. Stellar: Please provide instances where players are “purposely trying to hurt” Rodgers. If that were the case, we would see many more fines from Packers opponents. It would be a talking point by all the pundits on sports talk.

    You are full of hot air (among other things)(no surprises there). If anything, he gets beneficial calls. You cannot hardly sneeze on the guy with out it being a 15 yard penalty.

    It sounds to me like you are looking for any excuse you can to defend the prima donna. If hes running with the ball and trying to score a td (im sure this is 1 of the plays you are referring too), he ahould expect to be hit like a running back.

    To the rest of you that think its “just jealous vikings fans” agreeing with this player…think again. Look at screen names and actually read the posts. Fans of a lot of teams are sick of the preferential treatment this team gets.

    Why are any of you talking anyway? Youd think youd be embarrassed by that pitiful display on Sunday.

    I mean., how does a team from top to bottom not show up at all? Pathetic.

  90. stellarperformance says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:41 PM
    13worldchampioinships says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:19 PM
    OF all the great quarterbacks that are left in this league, Rodgers is by far the most vocal about penalties.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    I can’t agree with you, but I will say there are by far more players trying purposefully to hurt Rodgers than most other QB’s, for obvious reasons. They will hit late and do anything they can to put him out of the game. When a “normal” QB is having no effect whatsoever on the outcome of a game, why go after him?

    Get it now?

    ****

    That is not just an issue with Rodgers. It is an issue with all quarterbacks. They all get targeted. There are some QBs that are treated with a higher premium.

    Bradford in no way compares to Rodgers talent level, but one thing is clear, if Bradford gets hit late, helmet to his chest (late) or fasemask, you do not seem him yelling at the refs in the way Rodgers does for every single injustice against him or his WR’s.

  91. How stupid is this, just look at NFL web site and check out the numbers your self… or if you are a Viking fan have some one read it to you. Packers are right up their for most penalties. Ooo Ya they missed a face mask call on Rodgers on Sunday, but don’t here nothing of that… Tom Brady I hope you trash the Falcons..

  92. Wait, an NFL Defensive Lineman accused an Offensive line of holding???
    Next you’re going to tell me Wide Receivers are complaining that DBs are guilty of pass interference.

    In other news: water is wet, death/taxes are in our future and Barney fans are a whiny, bitter fan base.

  93. billtetley53 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:13 PM
    Youd think youd be embarrassed by that pitiful display on Sunday
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Quite the opposite. By the time they reached Atlanta this team was being held together with duct tape and baling wire. They should have been eliminated by Minnesota, Detroit, New York, or Dallas….but they weren’t. It was obvious this was not one of their best seasons, but they sure made it interesting.

    I am a proud Packer fan, and I feel no shame from that game. Rodgers proved to me he remains a force to be reckoned with. Whether or not the front office gets their thumbs out of their butts remains to be seen, and knowing Rodgers as most Packer fans do………I pity any team on their schedule next year. You know as well as I do every team in the league with the possible exception of one would take him in a heartbeat, and welcome him with open arms.

    Go Falcons!

  94. johngaltwho says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:18 PM
    Vikings starting QBs in the past 20 years:
    Moon, Johnson, Cunningham, George, Culpepper, Johnson, Jackson, Frerotte, Favre, Ponder, Bridgewater, Bradford

    Packers starting QBs in the past 20 years:
    Favre, Rodgers

    We understand why you’re so angry and bitter. Its ok to express your despair. We even understand why you make silly comments about officiating and make rude comments about your far superior and successful opponents. SKOL.
    —-
    Article about the Falcons calling out the Packers on how the refs bailed them out.

    Response from a Packer fan going after the Vikings.

    As if there werent more reasons for the entire NFL fanbase to hate the packers.

    The Vikings LIVE in their heads RENT FREE.

  95. This guy will never hitting people with good analysis from behind a desk after his career is done.

    I am assuming he watched tape, but GB has struggled most of the season on defense, especially after their DBs were getting thin. The reason they did so well during the “running of the table” was not turning the ball over.

    They did not do that on Sunday, and that why the game got away from them, the Falcons are also a great team, which also had a lot to do with it, which is why they playing in 2 weeks.

  96. contra74 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:19 PM

    Article about the Falcons calling out the Packers on how the refs bailed them out.

    Response from a Packer fan going after the Vikings.

    As if there werent more reasons for the entire NFL fanbase to hate the packers.

    The Vikings LIVE in their heads RENT FREE.
    ————————-
    C’mon Contra, please don’t tell me you’re seriously this dense.
    You know, as well as I do, that a majority of the responses on this thread are from angry, bitter Barney fans.
    56 years of utter failure will do that to some fan bases.

    Packer fans responding to their incessant whining and complaints shouldn’t be construed as “living in their heads” regardless what this story is about.
    Or maybe I have you pegged wrong.
    skoLOL!

  97. The NFL knows what is going on. It isn’t the Packers fault if they don’t call it. I don’t think they realize how obvious it is,
    maybe they don’t care. There only concern is ratings.

  98. Oh for sure, the Packers get all the calls. They are terrible. They only can win by cheating. This has skued the fact that the Vikings are the greatest franchise since the dawn of time and always will be. Again, in case you didnt hear it from another one of our fans, the Vikings rule, the Packers drool. Sure, almost all the threads I post on about this have nothing directly related to our team, but it is so important. I just wanted everyone to know that–not that I have any insecurity or envy complex. 😉

  99. I have to admit, as a Packers fan, everyone’s comments were beginning to get under my skin, but you know what I did? I leaned back, took a deep breath, started thinking in a logical, intelligent, sane fashion, and then I broke into a huge laugh as I realized you guys really have no idea what you’re talking about.

    I’m fine now. Please proceed with your nonsensical, illogical ranting, if you’re so inclined.

  100. Packers were penalized 100 times this season for 827 yards, Atlanta 104 times for 847 yards. Face it, Mr. Jarrett, the refs couldn’t have helped us this past Sunday. It was an ol’ fashion butt whooping!

    Anyone think Grady is just upset that EVERY other player on the Falcons team contributed but him???

  101. Nope. You’re alone on that. Besides, Jackson blew up several plays, so that’s false, also.

    It’s not about the number of penalties that Green Bay were called for, it is the ones they WEREN’T called for.

    Comprehension is lacking from Packers fans. All the methane fumes from the cheese factory must be the culprit.

  102. I look at it logically. NOT like most of the comments on here.
    I don’t see GB getting any more calls for or against them, more than any other team in the league, it’s just that there’s sooo many haters out there that hate seeing consistent winning, that they’re using the referees as an excuse to bash them. I see fans doing it with the Patriots, Steelers and Seahawks. Once a team starts to struggle, those comments go away. All the comments on here, are from fans that are upset their team(s) is struggling, and hate those teams, so they’ll use the referee card, to ease the pain of there own pathetic team.

    When I’m watching games, and I’m not just talking my team, on a weekly basis, I see calls that are fair, missed or unfair.
    There are calls that shouldn’t be made, specially some of those interference calls I see around the league.
    When you cheer against a team that you hate so much, you actually start to believe there is a flag against them on every play.
    I use to think that to…… when I was 12.

  103. Also what’s really sad, is that every time GB wins, these pathetic fans actually believe the referees helped them, and when they lose, it’s because the referees called a fair game.
    These are the same fans, that pout when things don’t go there way in life. These are the same fans that expect something for nothing.

  104. There are a lot of comments here saying Rodgers has all day to throw the ball so there MUST be holding. Rodgers was sacked 35 times during the regular season. It’s not like he is a pure pocket passer, just sitting in the pocket for 9 or 10 seconds waiting for something to develop. He is pretty mobile and scrambles a lot. Maybe, just maybe, that has something to do with it.

  105. There are too many teams to list that are studying the legal means by which the Packer O-line protects Rodgers. Look it up. You’ll find recent confirmation on the subject. James Campen is a very good coach and he is being copied. It’s not rocket science.

    Wait. Yes it is. For the Vikings.

  106. Why do u think the Packers throw the biggest hissy fits after calls and why every WR who doesn’t catch a ball always makes a flag motion?

    It’s because they’re used to the referees calling on their behalf. What Grady said is 100% true.

  107. All-American Voltron says:
    Jan 25, 2017 12:28 PM
    Why do u think the Packers throw the biggest hissy fits after calls and why every WR who doesn’t catch a ball always makes a flag motion?
    ////////////////////////////////:

    Just because someone is paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not being followed.

    Grady is 100% wrong…..he’s just annoyed because he’s the only player on the Falcons that contributed nothing to their victory, and it’s easy to kick somebody when they’re down, for his benefit.

  108. Anyone paying attention isn’t shocked by this story. The packers have lead the league in 3rd down penalties against their opponents for the last 2 seasons. 2015 the packers were the least penalized team on 3rd down.

  109. Teams that play the packers get a letter from the league saying there were mistakes made during the game. Sorry that it helped the packers.

  110. It isn’t just Vikings,Bears,Lions fans. packer fans naturally go after the Viking fans because they are in their head. But people that pay attention to the games know that the league takes care of the packers. Stupid packer fans come back with penalty totals. What about when the penalties are called? That is the important part. 2015 the packers had the fewest penalties on third down in the NFL. They also received the most 3rd penalties that year and again this year. That line gets away with more than other lines do. No holding calls in the Dallas game. None in the Falcons game. It is pathetic but what is worse with this help the packers record in the last 11 home playoff games is 6-5. And they were given two game by the Vikings. Once a third string QB Joe Webb played and the other Christian Ponder started. And another palyoff game the refs took away a win from Dallas when Dez caught the ball. Gross.

  111. sidelinecameraman says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:44 AM

    Sour Grapes.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))

    Actually no it isn’t. Someone needs to explained to you the meaning of the phrase packer fan.

  112. packers’s best offensive play throw the ball up on any down but for sure 3rd down. And then look for the refs to bail them out with a flag.

  113. We don’t like this being talked about, but we know it’s true. Yeah, we get away with a lot of holding. Everyone sees it.

  114. atlatlatl says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:44 AM
    The Falcons defense has faced Russell Wilson, Aaron Rogers, and now Tom Brady in consecutive playoff games. Forgive them if they’re a LITTLE suspicious of some of the calls that are made to the benefit of their opponents. Forgive them if they have a chip on their shoulder facing New England.

    ___________________________________

    Patriots will make them forget about that chip on their shoulder by putting a foot up their ass.

  115. truthbetold109 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 11:50 AM
    One loser Falcon buys into the idiocy and it is validation for the viking fan base to continue this ridiculous diatribe.

    **

    This guy gets it. The vikings fan base captured and brainwashed him into thinking this.

  116. The crybabies who think the refs favor the Packers clearly did not watch the 12 games they won this year. Or the 11 games they won last year. Or the 13 games they won the year before that. Or the Super Bowl they won in 2010. Or the 15 games they won in 2011.

  117. Maybe the refs make so few calls against the Packers because the Packers are a more disciplined team.

  118. Grady Jarrett looking like he summoned up the 2007 and 2011 Giants, while Packers fans who tried to troll him are sitting home with a severe case of the “what ifs” is classic.

  119. ad28bestever says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:16 AM
    It’s exactly what every non GB fan has been saying for years.
    ——————————————————————
    So you’re saying every non Packer fan is wrong?

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