January 15, 2011
An unsolicited tip to all NFL defenders: If you're down 14 points in a playoff game, don't mock the quarterback that's beating you after making a relatively inconsequential sack at the start of the second half.
Sadly, this advice comes too late for John Abraham(notes). The Atlanta Falcons defensive end sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers(notes) at the start of the second half and celebrated by mocking Rodgers' championship-belt move. Not a terrible move, but better done when your team isn't down two touchdowns at home.
Later in the drive Rodgers got the last laugh when he scored a touchdown and emphatically performed his patented move, in apparent defiance of Abraham:
You have to believe that Rodgers' vigorous celebration, and the pause he made before it, was inspired by Abraham's mocking celebration.
Green Bay went on to win the game 48-21 and advance to the NFC championship. Rodgers finished 31-36 for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
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