The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the Green Bay Packers 21-10 at halftime thanks in no small part to an interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers in the final minute of the half.
But a closer look at the interception from Sean Murphy-Bunting reveals that the referees missed a potential game-swinging call. On the play, Murphy-Bunting rather clear had a hand full of Allen Lazard’s jersey and was pulling him before cutting in front of Rodgers’ pass for an interception.
However, the referees missed what should have been a clear holding penalty and no flag came out. Several plays later, Tom Brady found Scotty Miller for a 39-yard touchdown just before halftime.
Pretty much every non-Buccaneers fan is ripping the officiating for missing the call. However the game ends, it’ll be a major talking point this coming week.
No holding lol pic.twitter.com/fORzejHplz
— Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 24, 2021
100% holding pic.twitter.com/UhBEdwt5uf
— Tony X (@soIoucity) January 24, 2021
Lack of separation is easy when you’re holding onto the jersey so bad the shoulder pad is exposed. https://t.co/94ALAfphwm
— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) January 24, 2021
Sean Murphy-also-probably-holding pic.twitter.com/vc3zdQDPCX
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 24, 2021
Even without that play and the ensuing touchdown, the Bucs have pretty much been winning the game from the get-go.
Brady threw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans on the opening drive, and the Packers have struggled to stop them.
Aaron Rodgers will need to be a lot more efficient with the ball in the second half if he wants to avoid losing the NFC Championship in his own stadium.
Can the Packers overcome their 11-point deficit and win the game?
The NFC Championship Game is being played on FOX.