Confusion about what down it was cost Packers FG attempt at end of first half

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The Packers beat the Vikings 21-16 on Sunday afternoon, but they may have had an even bigger lead to protect down the stretch if not for some confusion near the end of the first half.

An Aaron Rodgers pass to Geronimo Allison on third down was ruled short of the sticks, but Rodgers thought that the officials spotted the ball for a first down. He rushed to the line to run a play ahead of a possible booth review of the spot and Jamaal Williams lost two yards on a run that turned the ball over on downs.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said after the game that he was planning to kick a field goal and that he needs “to do a better job of communicating” with Rodgers in those situations. Rodgers took the blame for himself, however.

“It was a bad play by me,” Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I don’t make plays like that. I’ve always prided myself on having really good clock awareness and game awareness. I just assumed first down based on the spot. And I should have just looked and made sure it was first and not a fourth, because obviously fourth-and-1 we don’t want to run that play. . . . Much to my surprise, I came out of the fake there and realized it was fourth down. That’ll earn me an extra finger of Scotch tonight probably.”

The Vikings were able to kick a field goal before the end of the first half, but the Packers still led 21-10 at the break and went on to get the win. That makes it easier to joke about a momentary brain lock in the heat of the moment.

10 responses to “Confusion about what down it was cost Packers FG attempt at end of first half

  1. Must have not paid the zebras enough for them to give GB a heads up. More surprised they didn’t just call a phantom penalty on Minnesota to just keep it going.

  2. maybe the vikings would have had a bit more sense of urgency for the last 25 minutes of the game if it were 24-16 and not 21-16

  3. This I also like from Aaron and LaFleur. LaFleur refused to throw Aaron under the bus, and Aaron is honest and takes full responsibility for not being aware that it was not spotted as a first down.

  4. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 15, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Must have not paid the zebras enough for them to give GB a heads up. More surprised they didn’t just call a phantom penalty on Minnesota to just keep it going.
    ____________

    Oh wait, what is that?
    Is that another teardrop I see.
    Oh Thank You, thank you so much.
    I just love those salty, little treasures so much!

  5. After green bay was stuffed on that 4th down Rodgers was screaming at the refs. It turns out the mistake was Rodgers fault and not the refs. I’m shocked Rodgers was screaming at someone for something that was his fault says nobody outside of Green bay.

  6. Rodgers showed true leadership and why he’s so respected throughout the Packer’s locker room.
    Aaron called himself out for his mistake, owned it, and even alluded to as his “boneheaded play” several times throughout his press conference.
    It was addressed, dealt with, and everyone’s moving forward.

    I can honestly understand the confusion as Jamaal Williams was clearly stopped short of the first down, but the line judge originally spotted the ball beyond the marker.
    The Packer’s offense is always trying to aggressively push the envelope.
    If there was confusion on the decision to go for it, LaFleur should have called a time out.
    Lesson learned.

    I also love the fact that Aaron dedicated yesterday’s game to Bart Starr.
    What a wonderful gesture to his lovely wife, Cherry.
    Rodgers simply personifies class!

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