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Aaron Rodgers Held Back From Ref After Packers Get Cheated vs Bucs

Aaron Rodgers Held Back From Ref After Packers Get Cheated vs Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Buccaneers on Sunday 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. The victory did not come without controversy.

With the Packers down five and just over a minute remaining on the clock, Tom Brady threw what appeared to be an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-4. For a second, it looked like Green Bay would get the ball back with an opportunity to win the game.

Not so.

From seemingly out of nowhere, a flag was thrown way late on defensive back Kevin King for pass interference.

Although the call was technically correct, the manner in which it happened rubbed a lot of people the wrong way – including Aaron Rodgers. He had to be restrained from an official while arguing his case.

Part of the problem that Rodgers and many others had with that particular sequence is the fact that the officiating had been horrendous for large swaths of the game. For whatever reason, the referees vacillated between not calling any penalties at all and calling game-altering ones – with the Packers consistently finding themselves on the wrong side of the decision.

Case in point: when the officials allowed the Bucs to go into halftime with a lead thanks to an interception thrown by Rodgers in the final minute of the second quarter. The problem? A clear penalty on the play that went unnoticed.

A non-call there was absolutely insane, and in a game decided by one score, it proved to be the difference.

Throughout this entire NFL postseason the officiating has been horrendous. The Buccaneers benefited from it a few weeks back. As did Tom Brady. As did the Tennessee Titans.

At a certain point, the league will need to step in and do something about the refereeing that is messing up the integrity of their sport. Otherwise reactions like Rodgers’ are going to become a lot more common than anyone in the NFL might like.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.

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