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Green Bay Packers score flukish TD when referees don’t blow fumble dead

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

Credit Aaron Rodgers for being heads up. Tip of the hat to the referees for not blowing the whistle.

The Green Bay Packers faced a first and 10 from the Chicago Bears' 17-yard line, and Rodgers was pressured by Julius Peppers, who altered Rodgers' attempt to pass. The ball slid out of Rodgers' hand, he punched it forward and it fell to the ground near Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin picked the ball up, and when the play had not been blown dead, Rodgers pointed to the end zone, where Boykin ran for an uncontested score while Bears defenders just stood and stared at the event.

The play was reviewed and was upheld as a score. And it was the correct call. The Bears were caught napping, and it cost them seven points in what turned out to be a wild game.

And the referees handled it correctly: They let the play go when it appeared to be a sack fumble. Nicely handled by Clete Blakeman's crew.

The Packers went on to beat the Bears on Rodgers' 48-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb with 38 seconds left. The win gave them the NFC North title and a first-round meeting with the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.

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