Controversial roughing the passer call gives Vikings new life in Green Bay

17 September, 2018, 14:39 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Packers square up against Vikings on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers expected to play

A tie felt odd to Kirk Cousins.

Carlson missed his first field goal from 48 yards out in the second quarter. Thielen caught 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Diggs had nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

The border battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers is always one of the most entertaining times of the year.

"I thought the call on Danielle on hitting him in the back was awful", Zimmer said.

"I thought Cousins played outstanding", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "It's a unique place to be and proud of the way that the whole team ... the way everybody stayed in it and fought".

It will be a warm one at Lambeau Field, and the Vikings will be playing outdoors, which is a little different.

"It's pretty hard", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, per ESPN.

Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams. It was time to party at Lambeau Field - until it wasn't.

He wasn't happy about the tie either.

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Like any other National Football League game, the keys to victory are winning individual matchups - as some say, the matchups within the matchup.

"It's gross. I don't like it".

"I just tell him, 'Hey, get in line with guys who have failed, '" Cousins said.

Rodgers is listed as questionable on the injury report. So in a way, Matthews is actually lucky that his penalty didn't lead to a Packers' loss. He's not sure if the injury could linger all season. Both teams scored field goals with the game finishing 26-26. The last attempt from 35 was set up with the ball placed between the hash marks, but Carlson still missed. "I know there's an emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, but it's gotten out of control". Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks also was assessed a roughing the passer call after a hit on Rodgers.

Everything seemed to go the Vikings' way in the fourth, when they rallied from a 20-7 deficit. "You've got a target area the size of a strike zone and then you can't fall on top of them, and then you can't hit them in the knees, and you can't hit them low and you can't hit them in the head so you have to hit them in the strike zone and then you can't fall on them". A 2-point conversion tied the game at 29.

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. You let me know.

Matthews talked to reporters following the game and expressed frustration with the call.

According to referee Tony Corrente, the flag was thrown because Matthews "lifted him and drove him into the ground". Although it can only happen two to three times per season, these matchups are always interesting to watch.

In 2013, a tie helped the Packers make the playoffs.



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