The Green Bay Packers were stopped near the goal line on the final play of the first half against the Carolina Panthers. They were lucky to even have been in that situation.
With the Packers facing 3rd-and-13 from their own 7 earlier in the possession, Aaron Rodgers threw incomplete while being hit by a pair of Panthers’ defenders. A flag was thrown on what seemed like innocuous contact.
Instead, Carolina defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was flagged for roughing the passer, prolonging the drive.
As you can see by the replay, this was a curious call by the official.
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Green Bay wound up taking advantage of the penalty by driving down to the Carolina 1. However, McCoy got his revenge, stuffing a goal-line run by Jamaal Williams on the final play of the half.
Officiating in the NFL has come under scrutiny throughout this season, largely because of the newly-installed pass interference review process.
We’ve also seen some questionable roughing the passer calls, like this one. Thankfully for Carolina, it didn’t cost them points.