Packers' Matthews speaks on roughing the passer calls

Tonya Becker
September 17, 2018

The Green Bay Packers will take on the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 16. "It has nothing to do with helmet to helmet".

And the controversy sparked by the penalty - just or not - speaks to the increasing gray area created by the National Football League messing with the roughing rules again in the offseason.

The kicker missed two field goals in overtime - and all three of his attempts in the game - including one that would have won the game. He missed on his next try, and the game headed to overtime, where the Vikings would miss two field goals. Then Cousins hit Stefon Diggs on a fade for a two-point conversion to tie the game with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation.

Rodgers, who finished 30 of 42, didn't have his typical mobility that allows him to busy time for receivers. Cousins' sole interception Sunday came when a pass bounced off Treadwell's hands and into the mitts of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a 24-yard return. Just line a ball up.

Another low: the missed field goals by Daniel Carlson. "Went out there confident, but something obviously was off and I've got to fix that and help this team".

The shaky officiating call and the lack of clutch kicking certainly left a lot to be desired, but it shouldn't undercut the QB performances.

Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams.

"He has a pretty unusual injury that would keep most people out a while", a source told ESPN.

"It feels bad", Carlson said after the game. When it was all said and done, the Packers settled for a field goal. Cousins was marvelous, thowing for 425 yards, four TDs and one interception, which wasn't his fault.

Minnesota fell behind early thanks to a blocked punt returned by rookie Josh Jackson to give Green Bay a 7-0 advantage but answered with Cousins' first TD pass, a 14-yarder to Laquon Treadwell.

But Cousins never flinched. If his knee hampers him at all, though, the Vikings will have a tremendous opportunity for a pivotal division win and a 2-0 start to the season.

The Packers broke a 7-all tie when Rodgers zipped a short out to Adams inside the 5, and Adams broke back inside to beat two defenders to the endzone and his second Lambeau Leap of the season. The victor would have a significant advantage when the division victor is named at the end of the season. That is, if the referees and kickers can get their acts together quickly.

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