We have seen the play over a hundred times this week. Russel Wilson of the Seahawks chucked a Hail Mary pass into the end zone that appeared to be intercepted by the Packers M.D. Jennings but was ruled a Golden Tate touchdown after Tate got an arm around Jennings, yet never showing full possession of the ball like Jennings did.
This was an epic failure on the part of the replacement refs last Monday Night when the Packers lost to the Seahawks on what has been called one of the worst calls in sports history.
Most players, especially coaches, would have every right to unload every word in the book at the refs or in a press conference following the game, but that just didn't happen.
The Packers players were disgruntled and rightfully so. Some took their frustrations to the world of Twitter but it was evident they held back as best as they could and demonstrated some restraint. A couple of the Tweets read:
"13th man beat us tonight." — Green Bay tight end Tom Crabtree
"#NFL C'MON MAN! Can't even be upset anymore. All I can do is laugh. Laugh at
the #NFL for allowing America's game to come to this. WOW!"- Green Bay Wide Receiver Greg Jennings
Not all Packers Tweets were as toned down, but for the most part ,for a group of players from a team that was robbed like that, well, I think under the circumstances, they handled it pretty well.
Aaron Rodgers, who was fresh off of the loss spoke at the post game press conference regarding the incident and showed so much frustration when trying to find the words of what happened. Quotes like "It was awful" and "watch the replay" were part of a very handcuffed reaction from Rodgers who did a nice job of holding back his true feelings.
He did question the refs and blamed themselves for being in that position in the first place, but for the most part, Aaron Rodgers handled that press conference like a true leader, although he did have every right to scream, yell, blame and scream some more. It actually says a lot about the guy.
Finally, the Packers Head Coach, Mike McCarthy is the one who surprised me the most. We have seen years of Coach melt downs over the years and quite frankly, it was entertaining but in the long run, ineffective. McCarthy did make it clear that he had never seen anything like this in all his years of football and felt it was the most unusual game he has seen.
McCarthy appeared to be simply stunned by what had just happened and kept his words in check. Tuesday was another press conference and at this point, I'm sure McCarthy had seen the replay over and over, he also had a chance to shake off being stunned and actually get really angry, which I'm sure he did in private. McCarthy instead insisted on putting the game behind them and look towards the next game against the Saints.
McCarthy showed composure, class and complete zen in a situation that could have been made much worse by tirades and finger pointing. He need not worry because thousands of Packers fans took care of that part for him, again, rightfully so.
Props to you McCarthy and to most of the Packers players who showed who they really are, a class act.