The Green Bay Packers defeated the Tennessee Titans 40-14 on Sunday night. Unfortunately, an otherwise dominant victory did not come without controversy.
Green Bay was up 19-14 in the third quarter and had a 1st-and-10 at their 34. Running back Aaron Jones took the handoff and rushed 59 yards to the Titans 7.
There was just one problem: Jones very clearly stepped out early in the run, in plain sight of an official, and was permitted to keep going.
Tennessee misses a challenge on this Aaron Jones run – and it’s a big one.
— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) December 28, 2020
Vrabel should have challenged but you won’t find a ref with a better view and a more perfect angle to see him step out of bounds yet ignore it pic.twitter.com/owtSrUwEcp
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 28, 2020
Botched calls happen, obviously, but a ref was literally standing right there.
Plus, this wasn’t the only call that went against the Titans on Sunday.
A successfully blocked punt by Tennessee was negated by an official when he decided that an offsides penalty occurred, even though no such penalty actually occurred.
— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) December 28, 2020
With this loss, Tennessee failed to clinch its first AFC South championship since 2008.
That said, the Titans still can claim a division title by beating the Houston Texans next week.
Looks like the refs have money on the Jets. https://t.co/tiZChGqnmy
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 27, 2020