...the play on the field stands.
This is a sour grapes post about the Giants-Packers game.
It was entertaining and the outcome was in doubt till the end, so it
was good viewing. And this is the third week in a row where I got to
watch the Giants on TV. Before that I was complaining that they are
never on in, here in the Midwest. So I should count my lucky stars.
Of those games, this is the first one I watched in full, except for the
first touchdown by the Giants. Fox thought it necessary to show the end
of the Denver game. I suppose Tim Tebow is an interesting story line,
but the schedule had the Giants game starting at 3:15. They did show
that first score on replay, somewhere during the first half.
watching for a while, I had the feeling the refs were in the Packers
pocket. It seemed as if all the calls went their way. Tom Coughlin
threw the flag twice. Both times, the refs ruled the play stands.
Actually, on those I think Coughlin was wrong, but it set the tone for
later. It turns out that they review all scoring plays, without the
coaches having to ask for that. On one of the Packers' scores, the
receiver juggled the ball the entire way through the endzone and then
dropped it, without ever having possession. That wasn't just my
opinion. The announcers said the same thing. Then they went to
commercial. When they came back, they were saying the receiver had
control of the ball for a moment with his left hand. The play on the
field stands. But the receiver never had control.
Giants pass rush was pretty effective. They sacked Rodgers three
times. It really should have been four times. The Giants got to
Rodgers for a big loss on third down. The Packers has something like
70% efficiency on third down, so this was a bid deal play. But a
penalty was called on the Giants - contact with the receiver beyond 5
yards of the scrimmage line. This was an incredibly ticky-tack penalty,
just a light bump, and entirely unrelated to the play. The announcers
noted that on the next play there was more contact, but nothing called.
Packers are the better team. They dropped several passes on perfectly
thrown balls. That helped keep it close. But you change the two plays I
discussed and the Giants win this game.
play Dallas next week. That game will probably determine which team
makes the playoffs. I wonder if they'll show it here.