Clay Matthews: Penalties are “out of control”

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Two weeks into the season, Clay Matthews has a pair of game-changing penalties for hitting quarterbacks.

And after yesterday’s, he’s not sure how he’s supposed to tackle people, if what he did to Kirk Cousins was illegal.

Matthews’ sack of Cousins yesterday wiped out what would have been a game-clinching interception by Jaire Alexander for the Packers, and the Vikings would go onto force overtime on the drive and leave with a tie. Even Cousins thought it was a “generous” call.

“I have so many emotions running through as far as what a terrible call it was,” Matthews said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “At the same time, I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know. You let me know. You tell me. Did I put pressure on him? I thought I hit him within his waist to chest, I got my head across, put my hands down. To call it at that point in the game is unbelievable.

“Last week, OK, shame on me. This week, that’s unbelievable. The worst part is, we’ll probably send it in and you know what they’re going to say? They’ll find fault on me because they’re going to agree with the refs. I don’t know. It’s a difficult call to call. You see how it changed the game. I know there’s an emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, but it’s gotten out of control. I don’t know what else to do. It’s frustrating because Jaire’s interception, that’s game [over], right? Instead, they go down and score, overtime, this and that.

“We had opportunities to win the game, no doubt about it, but frustrating to allow a call which I feel like I did the right thing to influence the game. I don’t know. I’m trying to bite my tongue, but I obviously don’t agree with it.”

Referee Tony Corrente explained after the game that the penalty was not because of the new “body weight rule” but the fact that Matthews picked Cousins up and slammed him to the ground.

But the laws of physics seem to suggest there’s not much else Matthews could have done. He was running fast, in the direction of Cousins. Cousins had just thrown a ball, so all his weight was moving the opposite direction, and one foot was off the ground. So while the other foot left the earth when Matthews hit him seems natural, given the speed and otherwise clean nature of the hit.

“I know what to say; it’s just I don’t want to lose any more money, you know?” Matthews said. “I’ll go back, watch the film, see if there was anything I could change, but I feel pretty good about that hit. You put in so much work and you hate for one play … I take a lot of responsibility with the way we’re supposed to play the game. It’s obviously not one play that defines a game but, at the same time, that was a pivotal play.”

Matthews wasn’t fined last week, when he hit Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on a fourth down to extend a drive.

97 responses to “Clay Matthews: Penalties are “out of control”

  1. “We had opportunities to win the game, no doubt about it, but frustrating to allow a call which I feel like I did the right thing to influence the game. I don’t know. I’m trying to bite my tongue, but I obviously don’t agree with it.”

    Clay,

    I don’t like the new rules either.

    Your problems aren’t with the referees that made the call. They are with your QB that caused the NFL to change the rules.

    Talk to Aaron about changing the rules.

  2. Last week was the right call, yet no fine. This week was bad, so he will be fined for sure. That being said, the refs were bad in that game. PI calls were missed, some made that shouldn’t have been called, missed holding calls, etc. It’s just the last call that gets all the attention. The one’s early in the game are what if’s, though just as important.
    Someone yesterday summed it up quite well, both teams should have won and both teams should have lost.

  3. Annnnd the NFL’s viewership ratings continue to drop. Football just ain’t football anymore. There are obvious cheap shots and there are football plays. Sometimes football plays are violent but are in no way cheap shots. Annnnnd on this particular play? Not sure what the infraction was. What was cheap about Matthew’s hit? It wasn’t even violent to the point where everyone gasps. Seriously it was less than a second after the ball was released. I’m neither a Packer’s fan nor a Viking’s fan either. But if this is the NFL’s product going forward then more fans will tune out. It’s absolutely ridiculous that the NFL has morphed into THIS! Hey why not bring back that STUPID ‘in the grasp rule’ instead? Oh wait! That dumb rule was a complete failure too and was revoked!

  4. Mathews is right….it was a total BS call…. All these penalties are ruiining the game and yesterday determined the outcome of a game

  5. I can’t stand either one of these teams, but had the opportunity to watch the game. Both roughing calls were BS, even in slow motion. The refs have way too much control over the game.

  6. It is the Barr rule. Has nothing to do with Rodgers or the Packers. Had Barr not body slammed Rodgers and took him out for the season, we wouldn’t even be talking about this.

    That said, I wonder if the refs are allowed to bet on the games they officiate? Sure looks like it. The officiating is terrible in close games and no one cares about bad calls in games that aren’t close. It used to be the officials would let teams play in slug fests like division games between two good teams.

  7. Kind of like the phantom roughing the passer that let Aaron Rodgers have a free play in Detroit a couple seasons ago at the end of the game, Clay? The one that let GB steal the game with a Hail Mary. Yeah, sucks when you’re on the recieving end of one of those horrible calls. I’m sure that you were outspoken on that call too, right?

  8. Maybe if Rodgers hadn’t cried and whined…and then went on late night tv to whine and cry some more….we wouldn’t have these penalties….but this rule is 100 percent in response to Rodgers and his whiny little b!tch routine…so there you have it…a rule brought into existence because of one player costs that player’s team a win….I hope the irony is not lost on him…

  9. I watched the entire game, and in my opinion there was NOT one legitimate roughing the passer play.
    Kenricks call was just as bad as the Matthew’s call.

    The packers were able to move down the field and score after the Kendricks call, albeit a field goal.

    The broader point is that the NFL, the packers and the media demanded more protection for the QB after the Rodgers injury.

    Do you want to protect ALL QB’s, or just the one’s you want to protect?

  10. Left hand tucked under Kirk’s thigh and lifted a few inches. Ticky tack? Sure. But it was visible and therefore, called correctly. Clay absolutely did not need to give it that extra little juice. Let’s not forget, these extra protections are a direct result of Rodgers injury last yr and all his subsequent whining about the hit.

  11. “To call it at that point in the game is unbelievable.”
    ///////////
    But Packers fans are ok with the new Rodgers Rule being called earlier in the game on Kendrick’s. 15 yards. First down. Put Packers in field goal range.

    What’s most enjoyable is the comments before the game from Packer fans. Letting Vikings fans know that blaming the refs would not be acceptable!

  12. Yet when the Vikings were nailed with a “questionable” roughing the passer call on Kendricks earlier in the game everything is legit right? This Packer media love double standard is the thing that is REALLY out of control

  13. It is the Rodgers rule. Has nothing to do with Barr or the Vikings. Had Rodgers not cried like a baby after being tackled, we wouldn’t even be talking about this. The Packers CHOOSE to try and trick the defense by calling so many bootlegs. It isn’t surprising this has happened to RODGERS and the PACKERS twice. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Just don’t be such a whiny cry-baby about it.

  14. shlort says:
    September 17, 2018 at 7:58 am
    It is the Barr rule. Has nothing to do with Rodgers or the Packers. Had Barr not body slammed Rodgers and took him out for the season, we wouldn’t even be talking about this.
    ###

    I need to correct my earlier post blaming only Aaron Rodgers for this rule.

    We also need to blame the legions of Packer fans that WHINED incessantly over a perfectly clean hit – that forced the NFL to come up with this rule.

    31 other teams fans understood it was a clean hit that Barr made on Rodgers.

  15. I’m no fan of the Packers either, and it wouldn’t bother me one bit if they lost every game, but they simply were robbed yesterday.
    Horrible call at the worst possible time and absolutely nothing justifies it.
    And the Viking fans that are trying to mitigate or defray what had happened by pointing to things that happened in the past or other plays of the game are just making themselves look silly and dumb.

  16. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen fans whine as much as the Viking fans do.
    You were lucky enough to achieve a tie, can’t you just be happy about that and move on?
    You are like the children who throw tantrums, sticking your fingers in your ears while singing to yourselves. Refusing to listen to reason.
    That game yesterday was over and done with in regulation and no amount of arguing is going to change the facts. Terrible call on Matthews.

  17. The Barr hit was dirty and intended to cause injury. Even the Viking QB rolled his eyes at the Matthews “hit.”

    But I don’t care about either. The Packers should’ve won and blew it. The Vikings should’ve won and blew it. The Packers will get their injured players back, the Vikings had no injuries whatsoever at game time.

    The biggest take-away from this game? The Vikings continue to have major problems with their kicking game.

    At least it wasn’t Wide Left. That woulda really sucked.

  18. hey gang, how about this scenario.

    Packers are up by 5, intercept a tipped pass and run it into the Vikings redzone with 2:05 left in the game. How about clock management? How about NOT trying to throw 20 yard TD passes and simply move the chains? Thanks for stopping the clock with 2:05 left, giving the Vikings the ball back with two timeouts and the two minute warning.

  19. After the Packers and their fans admit they shouldn’t have made the playoffs because of the Detroit Thumb Rub, we can start to look at other questionable calls. (Next in line would be Dez Bryant. After that would be huddle-gate.) But until the phony Packers start to get real, they can go cry themselves to sleep.

  20. shlort says:
    September 17, 2018 at 7:58 am
    It is the Barr rule. Has nothing to do with Rodgers or the Packers. Had Barr not body slammed Rodgers and took him out for the season, we wouldn’t even be talking about this.

    That said, I wonder if the refs are allowed to bet on the games they officiate? Sure looks like it. The officiating is terrible in close games and no one cares about bad calls in games that aren’t close. It used to be the officials would let teams play in slug fests like division games between two good teams.

    /////////

    I cannot believe we are talking about a play that happen almost a year ago. SMDH. It is the Rodgers rule! The NFL is trying to protect its investments Rodgers and Brady being the most valuable because the NFL wants a Brady/Rodgers Super Bowl. The NFL and the Packers lost money last year when the injury occurred. Face it, the Packers have a big following, more than any other NFL with life-long fans and a slew bandwagon fans. With Rodgers being out, some fans lost interest and sales of Packer jersey dropped I would imagine. So, the NFL changed the rule so QBs are protected. If that hit would of happened to Stafford or any other QB other than Brady or Rodgers no one would have batted an eyelash and just would of said “Tough Luck”.

    Both calls on Kendricks and Matthews were BS, the Rodgers rule bit both teams in the butt yesterday and it bit the butt of the team it was created after. Packer fans shouldn’t worry about Clay’s hits, they should worry more about how their Defense let the Vikings score 22 point in the 4th Quarter and only had one touchdown. The rule is in place and well you cannot change it now.

  21. This viking fan is surprisingly happy that Carlson missed the game winner. Why? If he hits that field goal, Vikings win but they stick with carlson for who knows how long. He would just end up ruining our season at some point. Happy with the tie if it means signing Bailey.

  22. Kevin King was a huge loss when he got hurt during the game. King does not get torched on the Diggs long TD like Davon House did.

    Morrison was also a liability in coverage at ILB. This is why all week I was hoping Oren Burks played. Oren will play vs. Washington. I have not heard a lot on King’s status yet. He has groin injury, no word how serious yet.

    On to Washington. Can the irrelevant Vikings fans stop obsessing and stay out of threads about the Packers this week? We play Washington. Go concentrate on Buffalo. Ok little ones? K. Bye.

    #100Seasons

    #GoPackGo

    #OnToWashington

  23. For all the grief Packers and Vikings fans give each other, I think we can both agree that the roughing the passer penalties on Matthews AND Kendricks were BS. Terrible calls that changed the path and outcome of the game. And poor officiating during this game all around outside of those. Nobody wants to see a game that the officials change the outcome of a game nor a game that has unnecessary, ambiguous penalties that hinder its momentum.

    And I don’t even fully blame the officials because they are probably as confused as the teams and fans. I put most of the blame on the NFL for making these stupid rules without making damn sure they could be properly enforced.

  24. The Pack is learning their whining about Rodgers getting hit is a sword that cuts both ways. Plus they benefited from a cheap call against the Vikes on the very same questionable grounds earlier in the game.

    What’s good for the goose…

  25. As a Giants’ fan, I would be thrilled to get one of those called on us. It would mean we got close to the QB.

  26. shlort says:
    September 17, 2018 at 7:58 am
    It is the Barr rule. Has nothing to do with Rodgers or the Packers.
    ——
    It has EVERYTHING to do with Rodgers and the packers.

    If that hit was on an average QB on another team, there would have been ZERO outcry to protect the QB with another rule.

  27. The only difference between the Kendricks hit and the Matthews hit was when during the game they occurred. They were both ticky-tack calls. The Vikings make any one of their 3 missed field goals and this isn’t a conversation. Treadwell actually catches the ball he let go for the pick and this isn’t a conversation. The Vikings block the inside rusher rather than the outside on the blocked field goal and this isn’t a conversation. Thielen bobbles the ball on his touchdown and this isn’t a conversation. Green Bay receiver doesn’t bobble the ball on his touchdown and this isn’t a conversation. Green Bay scores a TD on any one of their 5 field goals and this isn’t a conversation. There were so many ways for either team to win, but hey, let’s blame the refs.

  28. The Barr hit last year was late, dirty, and intentional. The guy plays late to compensate for diminished skills. The same hit this year is illegal and should be. That’s a good thing. Matthews is an idiot. He uses poor judgment. The Barr hit was heavy on the side of unnecessary. The Matthews hit was light on the side of unnecessary. It’s the new rules Clay. Learn them.

  29. It is getting a little annoying listening to Packer fans and the national media whining about the Matthews penalty. Of course it was a terrible call, but apparently this is what the rule is now. There is no discernible difference between what Matthews did and what Kendricks did earlier in the game when he was penalized, so at least the officials were consistent, even though it was consistently bad. If you’re going to whine about one call, you should be whining about the other call too, but apparently the big bad officials are just out to get the Packers and love the Vikings.

    Now some good could come out of this. With all the outrage about the Packers getting robbed, maybe they’ll change the rule again so guys can get back to playing football.

  30. I am already on to Washington and thinking about that game and who will be up next week for the Pack as you saw in my previous post…

    But I wanted to post something I saw on twitter after the game that sums up yesterday nicely and will be the last thing I post about yesterday:

    “Green Bay got robbed and Minnesota ran the escape car into a tree”

  31. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:55 am
    “Green Bay got robbed and Minnesota ran the escape car into a tree”
    /////////////////////////////

    Love it. LOVE it. I’m going to use it. Thanks!

  32. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:55 am
    I am already on to Washington and thinking about that game and who will be up next week for the Pack as you saw in my previous post…

    But I wanted to post something I saw on twitter after the game that sums up yesterday nicely and will be the last thing I post about yesterday:

    “Green Bay got robbed and Minnesota ran the escape car into a tree
    ——-
    Packer fans up to game time: “Vikings fans will blame the refs rather than accept defeat”

    Packer fans after the game: “the refs stole a game from us. Boo hoo hoo…..”

  33. KillDozer911 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:12 am
    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen fans whine as much as the Viking fans do.
    You were lucky enough to achieve a tie, can’t you just be happy about that and move on?
    You are like the children who throw tantrums, sticking your fingers in your ears while singing to yourselves. Refusing to listen to reason.
    _________________

    skoLOL!!!
    The analogy you used to describe Barney fans is priceless.
    Thank you, for the smile.
    It’s only funny, ‘cause it’s true.

    Seriously, stop trying to tie the Clay Matthews penalty to Aaron Rodgers.
    It wasn’t the call and you’re all only making yourselves sound foolish to everybody that understands this.
    Matthews was charged with driving the QB into the turf (Erroneously, but that’s beside the point).
    It’s a penalty that’s been on the book for years and it has nothing to do with the new Anthony Barr rule.

    You Barneys sound like a guilty politician, trying to make enough alternative noise to distract everyone from what really happened.
    But, then again, why am I not surprised.
    Trying to justify what happened by using the Kendricks personal foul is just as dumb.
    There were two infractions on the play and Green Bay would have received a first down in Viking territory anyway.
    Do you really think the 10 yards was going to make a difference?

    As I’ve said for years, the Barneys always complain about officiating, they simply cannot accept the fact when their team loses, ever.
    And now it seems they’re even going to try and change history to explain why they didn’t deserve a tie.
    You’re all laughable.

    Not me!
    Green Bay had plenty of opportunities to put that game away and they simply didn’t do it.
    As far as I’m concerned they deserved the tie.
    Of course I’m disappointed in the way it ended, but that’s football, bad calls happen, and sometimes, as was the case yesterday, they even decide games.
    I can accept that.
    It’s just too bad other people can’t do the same.

  34. Not only out of control but no consistency at all. Some of the crews what they are concerned is so rinkey dink and what they don’t miss is mind shaking. just over officiating is taking away what was once a fun game.

  35. I understand a penalty when the guy hits the QB high and then drives him into the turf. However, what is the guy supposed to do when he hits his at the waist? The calls against both teams in that game were awful.

  36. Forget it, Viking Fans – this call was not about the “Rodgers Rule”. The ref erroneously thought Matthews lifted Cousins up and slammed him to the ground. He wasn’t penalized for landing with his body weight.

  37. @screamingyellowtroll

    Did you notice the quotes around the post I said was from twitter? I HAVE NEVER used refs as a excuse in my life. Actually if you look at my first post in this thread I speak on the Kevin King big loss and Oren Burks” I never mention the officials nor have I anywhere on PFT. I thought the twitter quote was funny and I shared it. Sorry it triggered so.

    Glad you are gloating about a tie. What time is the parade?

    Congrats on your tie. Big achievement for you I know👍

    Now stay out of our threads this week. You play Buffalo. Go concentrate on them. If I see any Vikings fans in Green Bay threads this week they are admitting their love and obsession for the Packers and their fans.

  38. This rule was put in place because your QB went on national tv and cried (lied) about getting hurt on a cheap shot. If you don’t like the rule you can turn your head at your locker and let Rodgers know the new rule put in place to protect him stinks for the fame of football.

  39. That should NOT result in a penalty. That was as gentle as a QB hit can be. Ridiculous, and it DID change the result of the game.

  40. National column: “Matthews seems to do everything right here: He doesn’t lead with his helmet. He doesn’t go high. He doesn’t go low. But the ref determined that Matthews drove his body weight into the quarterback, which is a new penalty for the 2018 season.
    (Ironically, it was Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers that convinced the NFL to adopt this rule.)”
     

  41. Talk to Aaron about changing the rules.

    =======

    Players don’t make the rules, neither do the fans. I never thought they should have changed anything just because of the Rodgers injury. That hit from Mathews was text book perfect, if this is now illegal in the NFL I don’t think I’m interested in watching it anymore. I’ll just check scores and highlights later, if I even still care to do that.

  42. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:50 am

    There is no discernible difference between what Matthews did and what Kendricks did earlier in the game when he was penalized, so at least the officials were consistent, even though it was consistently bad.
    ///////
    There was one significant difference, one call decided the game while the other had little bearing whatsoever.
    The Vikings Defense was already offside on that play.
    GreenBay would have got a 1st down anyway.
    And no, I’m not a Packer fan.

  43. Eric Kendricks was flagged earlier in the game for the same kind of hit after a pass. At least they were consistent. The rule is stupid. Both calls were stupid. Both calls had an influence on the game. The league is over-officiated.

  44. It is the Barr rule. Has nothing to do with Rodgers or the Packers.
    —-
    Right and everyone says not being allowed to hit the QB in the knees is the Pollard rule (it’s the Brady rule). Only in Green Bay are they this full of themselves.

  45. It’s like neither team wanted to win. Poorly played and officiated game. Bad call. Cost the Packers the game. Wonder how this tie is going to figure into the post season for each team. The Vikings get a new kicker but the same old results. Cursed.

  46. Hey roid rage a penalty is a penalty if it happens in the first minute or last minute of a game. That’s what’s wrong with all sports, players want the refs to put the whistle away late in games. Thats what’s ruining all sports.

  47. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 17, 2018 at 11:50 am
    National column: “Matthews seems to do everything right here: He doesn’t lead with his helmet. He doesn’t go high. He doesn’t go low. But the ref determined that Matthews drove his body weight into the quarterback, which is a new penalty for the 2018 season.
    (Ironically, it was Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers that convinced the NFL to adopt this rule.)”
    _________________

    I’m sorry, Cheese, but you couldn’t be more wrong.
    There have been two articles on PFT alone that have explained this.
    The one you’ve just commented on and you can also click the link above for the other one.

    But Hey, don’t just take my word for it, how about a word from the referee that made the call himself.
    Simply Google, Clay Matthews referee pool report, for it.
    It’s interesting reading for reasons than one.
    But, I totally understand if you want to keep trying to confuse the issues.
    There seems to be a lot of that going around. I wonder why?

  48. It must be awkward to walk into the same locker room & defy the rule to which aaron birthed.
    Or stupid. However you wanna look at it.

  49. OK, so after reading all these comments it’s clear what the NFL must do. Have one set of rules for Aaron Rodgers where he cannot be touched in any way, shape or form. For everyone else, the Aaron Rodgers rules should not apply. Got it.

  50. Green Bay opens as a 2.5 point favorite on the road at Washington.

    Look for the spread to rise because right now everyone will take Green Bay and give the points.

    Spreads are made to even out the bets so look for this one to rise as the week goes on. I don’t think Aaron will practice till Saturday again so some people will speculate whether he will play or not. He is playing. His knee is sore as hell today, but good. Funny thing huh? Some people guaranteed he wouldn’t make it through the game Sunday😉

    #100Seasons

    #GoPackGo!

    #WeCominForYouSkins

  51. @freefromwhatyouare Troll says:
    September 17, 2018 at 11:42

    Now stay out of our threads this week. You play Buffalo. Go concentrate on them. If I see any Vikings fans in Green Bay threads this week they are admitting their love and obsession for the Packers and their fans.
    ——
    Does this apply to packer fans staying out of Vikings stories this week?
    If I see ANY PACKER fans in Minnesota threads this week they are admitting their love and obsession for the Vikings and their fans.

  52. The ref’s did everything they could to gift the game to the vikings. Bogus PI call on Adams. The TD catch Adams made that was definitely was a catch. The bogus call on Matthews for roughing. Even a Redskins radio show host went as far this morning as to call the ref’s post game definition of what happened when he said Clay lifted and and landed on Cousins “a blatant lie”.

  53. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 17, 2018 at 11:50 am
    National column: “Matthews seems to do everything right here: He doesn’t lead with his helmet. He doesn’t go high. He doesn’t go low. But the ref determined that Matthews drove his body weight into the quarterback, which is a new penalty for the 2018 season.
    (Ironically, it was Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers that convinced the NFL to adopt this rule.)”

    |||||

    Ref’s interpretation after the game,

    “When he hit the quarterback, he lifted him and drove him into the ground,” referee Tony Corrente said after the game, in a pool report. “It has nothing to do with the rule of full body weight. . . . He picked the quarterback up and drove him into the ground.”

    Only the Viking fans on here are still trying to justify a “Rodgers rule” screwed the Packers. According to the ref, both Mathews and Kendricks penalties are based on an old rule based on “burping the QB”. Lifting and Driving the QB to the ground.

    Now could most of you guys in purple stop making your fanbase look so uneducated. It’s like the whole state of Minnesota loses 50 IQ points evertime Rodgers name is brought up.

  54. truthbetold109 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    The ref’s did everything they could to gift the game to the vikings. Bogus PI call on Adams. The TD catch Adams made that was definitely was a catch. The bogus call on Matthews for roughing. Even a Redskins radio show host went as far this morning as to call the ref’s post game definition of what happened when he said Clay lifted and and landed on Cousins “a blatant lie”.

    \\\\\\

    Agree on everything but the Adams catch. By the rule, another dandy rule, it’s not a catch. Ask Dez for heaven’s sake.

  55. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    September 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    jimmysee says:
    September 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    The league owes the Packers and Clay an apology
    ——-
    The League owes the ENTIRE NFL an apology for creating this mess from Rodgers in the first place.

    \\\\

    Everything I’m reading shows most of the NFL, and fans of other teams don’t agree with you. Your infatuation with Rodgers makes you guys look really petty.

  56. @screamingyellow

    I have NEVER been in a Vikings thread here on PFT. The Vikes and your obsessed with Green Bay fanbase are totally irrelevant to me.

    Only time I ever comment on or think about you fools is when every Packers thread is flooded by purples who can’t stop thinking about us. I guess that is your goal when coming in Packers threads..To try and associate yourselves with us and get our attention. Very stalker like. Just being honest.

  57. So I get back out of the woods, didn’t see the game, get in cell range and I see about the worst possible outcome for Vike-Pack fans has occurred – an OT tie with a controversial calls to whine about. Glad I’m headed back in the wilderness.

  58. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 17, 2018 at 11:44 am
    This rule was put in place because your QB went on national tv and cried (lied) about getting hurt on a cheap shot. If you don’t like the rule you can turn your head at your locker and let Rodgers know the new rule put in place to protect him stinks for the fame of football.

    \\\\\\

    Please read the refs interpretation, and just stop.

  59. TBkingdom says:
    September 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Why are you Viking fans continuing to argue about this? You are all wrong!
    Why can’t you just be happy with your gift of a tie and move along?
    ++++++

    Repeating things ad nauseam whether its right, wrong, or completely made up is kind of their thing. And they are accomplished at it.

  60. Just cork it, Clay.

    The only two “plays” you’ve made this year should have resulted in the Packers having an 0-2 record.

    .. the haze you see in the distance is your career dissipation light.

  61. As a Giants’ fan, I’d love to get one of these penalties called on us. It would mean we actually got to the QB.

  62. It seems the refs were super focused on this game because of the Vikings D knocking out Rodgers last season and they misinterpreted a few penalties INCLUDING Kendricks for the EXACT hit Matthews executed. Perhaps even Mike M spoke to the league office beforehand to make sure ARodgers wasn’t disabled. Looked like the Vikings D was playing it a little safe too, to perhaps avoid ejections or suspensions in this highly charged divisional game w a supposed injured QB. I’m just glad this particular game is over. The whole thing’s been overblown for over a week, starting w poor injured ARod to poor mistreated Clay.

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