Twitter has field day with messy NFL pre-season game in Winnipeg

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The NFL's trip to Canada for a pre-season game between the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders surely didn't go as planned. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
The NFL's trip to Canada for a pre-season game between the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders surely didn't go as planned. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The pun in the headline was fully intended, and if you don’t understand it yet, just wait.

Leading up to the start of the Week 3 pre-season game between the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg, an issue arose as there was a massive hole on the gridiron at IG Field.

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So before this game could even get off the ground (another pun), there were concerns. It was apparently too late to change the poor playing surface, so the NFL decided to completely change the rules of football instead.

Yeah, the game was played on an 80-yard field and kickoffs were barred as both teams started their drives on their own 25-yard line instead. With ticket prices before the game reportedly starting at $127 on Ticketmaster, I’m sure people were happy about that.

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Week 3 of the pre-season is widely considered the ‘tune-up’ game for starters, but with the field in such rough shape, the Packers decided to pull back on playing their top players, while the Raiders reportedly were going to sit their’s all along.

That meant no Aaron Rodgers in ‘The Peg.’

Naturally, with the situation being such a mess, Twitter made the most of it.

Oakland ended up defeating Green Bay 22-21, but I think it’s safe to say nobody involved in the NFL’s trip to Winnipeg felt like a winner.

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