Aaron Rodgers was furious after the Green Bay Packers loss to the Seattle Seahawks last night after a crucial missed call from the officials ended up costing the Packers very dear.
Although the officials didn’t see it, replays clearly show that Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett jumped offside on the play that eventually saw Richard Sherman pick off Rodgers on a long pass into the end-zone that Rodgers assumed would be a free play for his offense to do what they wanted with, as a flag should have been called on Bennett.
No flag was thrown though and after taking the loss in the NFC Championship, Rodgers spoke out on what he thought was a very key play with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rodgers said after the game that Packers rookie center Corey Linsley snapped the ball early because he saw Seattle's Bennett across the line, and that Rodgers tested Sherman with a pass to Davante Adams because of that.
“Corey snapped it early — I figured it was a free play — and Davante’s was the only route that was going in the end zone,” Rodgers said. “Sherm made a good play. . . . I saw the end jump; he must not have been in the zone.”
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But Bennett was indeed in the zone. Rodgers saw that he was offside, Linsley spotted that the defensive end was offside, but the officials didn't. Even Twitter managed to spot Bennett was offside...
And it may have ended being incredibly costly. The Packers should have had the ball on the Seahawks’ 24-yard line and would have scored at least three points on the possession, if not seven. Instead, the Packers’ first possession ended with no points.
The rest, as they say, is history. Rodgers and the Packers completely choked in the fourth quarter as Seattle produced a comeback for the ages to reach their second Super Bowl in as many years, with Russell Wilson looking to cement himself as the best young quarterback in the NFL.