Death. Taxes. The officials helping the Green Bay Packers in a home game. It’s the triumvirate of unavoidables.
It happened yet again at the end of the third quarter in Detroit’s visit to Lambeau Field on Thursday night. The Packers quite clearly did not the ball snapped in time before the quarter expired, but the officials let the play happen anyway. It resulted in a 44-yard gain that set up a touchdown a couple of plays later.
The play in question, with confirmation from longtime NFL referee and rules analyst Terry McAauly that the play should not have counted.
“The clock clearly hits zero before the ball is snapped.” – rules analyst Terry McAulay pic.twitter.com/sOPgAN39kb
— Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) September 29, 2023
The reaction was, well, how you’d expect NFL fans everywhere but Green Bay to react to an obvious officiating assist to the home team.
I love that the NFL is like, "We can fix some mistakes via review but other ones, go fuck yourself."
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) September 29, 2023
"Somewhat of a delay" in regards of the clock hitting 0 at the end of the third quarter…..
HOW IS THERE A DELAY. THE NBA HAS A SHOT CLOCK WITH A BUZZER, NFL ADD ONE NOW.
— Brandon Knapp (@BKnappBlogs) September 29, 2023
Making that game-clock decision: Jeff Bezos
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) September 29, 2023
Trip zeroes are only a suggestion that time has run out. Just like the play clock. #DETvsGB
— Tom Pollin (@tjpollin) September 29, 2023
How is the clock running out in the quarter not reviewable?
— Walter Cherepinsky (@walterfootball) September 29, 2023
The fact that the @NFL refused to correct an OBVIOUS error says it all. Insane.
— SandmanLions (@Sandman7773) September 29, 2023