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Overtime coin flip mishap during Cardinals vs Packers game leaves Aaron Rodgers confused

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The NFL Playoffs have lived up to expectation this year for being very dramatic. Whether that be down to close victories, missed field goals, late hits, or complete domination, all the games have been exciting to watch.

Even when the referee can't flip the coin properly.

When the Arizona Cardinals vs Green Bay Packers divisional round playoff game went into overtime on Saturday, official Clete Blakeman had the job of flipping the coin to decide who would receive and kick the ball.


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On his first attempt, Blakeman threw the coin up in the air and it didn't flip. To avoid the embarrassment, he quickly picked up the coin and flipped it again, much to the dismay of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, as they didn't have an opportunity to change their call.

Rodgers said, according to Conor Orr of Around The NFL: "He had it on heads, he was showing heads, so I called tails, and it didn't flip. He just tossed it up in the air and it did not turn over at all and it landed on the ground. So we obviously thought that was not right.

"He picked the coin up, flipped it to tails and then he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. So it was confusing."

We'll never know if Rodgers and the Packers would have decided to change their original call if they were given the option by the ref, but it's strange that Blakeman didn't take the time to stop and explain what had just happened to clear up the situation.

Rodgers said: "I think he was trying to avoid the embarrassment of what just happened. He flipped it quickly.

"It's unfortunate it comes down to that."

Unfortunate indeed, and while it is an extreme case of misfortune for the Packers, they can't moan too much about it, as they had plenty of other opportunities within regulation time to try and come out with the win. Instead, it's the Cardinals that progress to the NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers.

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