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Referee's Description of the Clay Matthews Roughing Penalty Makes No Sense

Referee's Description of the Clay Matthews Roughing Penalty Makes No Sense

No one wants to watch the DeShone Kizers and Trevor Siemians of the National Football League replace the Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins of the NFL.

Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Minnesota Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers after rallying from a late 13-point deficit on Sunday.

Apparently the hit wasn't penalized for leading with the helmet or Matthews using his full weight to drive the quarterback down.

No matter. The yellow flag was thrown.

The penalty negated an interception by Jaire Alexander with 1:45 left that would have allowed the Packers to run out the clock.

For the second time in the past six meetings between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field, the game has finished in a tie.

After the game, Matthews was heated. "I have so many emotions running through as far as what a awful call it was", Matthews said. "At the same time, I don't know what else to do". "Obviously, I let my team down". Some people say you can't cut ties with Carlson due to the draft capital you've put in to him, as the team traded up to take him in the 5 round. I thought I hit him in his waist, chest. To call it at that point of the game is just unbelievable.

A call against Clay Matthews changed the outcome of Sunday's Packers-Vikings game, and the Green Bay linebacker is heated.

The shaky officiating call and the lack of clutch kicking certainly left a lot to be desired, but it shouldn't undercut the QB performances. In the Week 1 win over the Bears, a roughing-the-passer call was well deserved as he hit Mitch Trubisky from behind late.

"Last week, okay, shame on me", Matthews said. "This week, that's unbelievable". And the worst part is, we'll send it in and you know what they're going to say?

"I don't know where to start, to be honest with you".

The veteran kicker who would cost the most to bring in but is also the most accurate and experienced of the available kickers.

Referee Tony Corrente said the call was not related to the new helmet-to-helmet rule. This option does have the "dramatic movie comeback" feel to it, and I would much rather have the kickers listed above, but if it comes to money or how many teams need a kicker this week, Walsh could end up being the best available and the team could get him cheap.

The good news for the Packers and their fans (like me) is that Aaron Jones is returning from a two-game suspension next week. Instead, they go down and score, overtime.

Matthews said he did not get an explanation on the field.

Corrente, speaking to a pool reporter after the game, said that Matthews had driven Cousins to the ground after lifting him up. "He picked the quarterback up and drove him into the ground".


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