Green Bay has won four of the last five home September contests against the Vikings. The call gave a Steelers drive new life that ended in a touchdown instead of a likely field goal in what turned out to be a 21-21 tie.
The Packers led 20-7 as the fourth quarter began Sunday, but Minnesota rallied behind a 22-point final period to force overtime. Do not hit them in the midriff. In the Week 1 win over the Bears, a roughing-the-passer call was well deserved as he hit Mitch Trubisky from behind late.
What would've been the first career interception for rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander was actually - rinse and repeat - a fresh set of downs for the Vikings.
After the game, Matthews was heated. Except against the Vikings, the result was certainly up for refutation.
"I don't know what to feel after a tie". If they had run it and gotten stuffed there they still could have run it three more times. But at the same time, I don't know what else to do. "But at the same time, I don't know what else to do". You tell me. Did I put pressure on him? And while the emphasis partly a reaction to Rodgers' broken collarbone previous year, the Packers own defense was the guiltiest party in Week 1, drawing 3 calls (Nick Perry, Muhammad Wilkerson, Clay Matthews). A 2-point conversion tied the game at 29.
When asked whether Matthews could've done something differently to avoid penalty, Corrente repsonded, "Not picked him up and drove him into the ground".
"It has nothing to do with the rule of full body weight", referee Tony Corrente said afterward via the officials pool report.
"The worst part is we'll probably send it in and you know what they'll say?" It's a hard call to call. It's frustrating because the interception is game right?
Matthews talked to reporters following the game and expressed frustration with the call. You let me know.
The Packers should have won against the Vikings today if not for a bogus roughing the passer call against Clay Matthews, but they also should've lost the game after that. After the game, Matthews called it a "terrible call" and sounded off on the National Football League for getting "out of control" with its "emphasis on protecting quarterbacks".