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

S Vikings vs. Packers at Lambeau Field

S Vikings vs. Packers at Lambeau Field

The Vikings were faced with a 1st and 10 at the Packers 22 with 36 seconds left in regulation when Cousins took the snap and immediately saw pressure. Both plays were significant considering the game resulted in a tie. While Green Bay had plenty of opportunities to put the game away for good, including Davante Adams dropping touchdown catches on consecutive plays, one play in particular stood out to everybody. "We have a long season ahead and hopefully lots of big wins and big kicks".

"I'm disappointed about my last two plays", Rodgers said.

And the mood went back up during those two touchdowns, especially the 75-yarder to Stefon Diggs from Kirk Cousins. He may have stepped back from that line by now, but his play on Sunday, in his first start against Green Bay in a Vikings uniform, certainly established his value as the leader of this team moving forward. Until that point, the Packers had put together the kind of complete performance needed to support Rodgers, who got hurt in Green Bay's opening victory against Chicago. A late-game roughing-the-passer call against linebacker Clay Matthews probably cost the Packers a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. "Hit him with our shoulder and not fall on him?' I know that's the highest penalty that's been being called is roughing the passer but hopefully they figure this thing out". "I have so many emotions running through as far as what a bad call it was", Matthews said. I will never pull for someone to fail, as I know I will too. That was negated by the roughing call, despite Matthews avoiding putting all of his weight on the quarterback.

Much was made during the preseason of the NFL's new rule that makes it a penalty for a player to lower his head and use his helmet to deliver a hit on an opponent.

Corrente, speaking to a pool reporter after the game, said that Matthews had driven Cousins to the ground after lifting him up.

Rodgers, who finished 30 of 42, didn't have his typical mobility that allows him to buy time for receivers. Operating out of shotgun or pistol formations also bought Rodgers more time. He threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and was sacked four times. Last week, a Gonzalez field goal attempt in overtime was blocked in a 21-21 tie with the Steelers.

Exhausted and mentally spent after persevering through a gauntlet in his debut at Lambeau Field, Cousins traded blow for blow with Aaron Rodgers while staging a late-game comeback. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz looked on his way to an MVP season that was cut short by a December knee injury, keeping him out of the playoffs and Super Bowl.

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