Add one more team to the list upset over an official’s call at a key moment in a game.
Though no one will say it publicly, Packers officials are miffed at the holding penalty called against Green Bay offensive tackle Tony Moll with about 3 minutes left in Sunday’s loss to Houston.
Moll was attempting to block Houston defensive end Mario Williams and one Packers official specifically watching the play said there was no hold. Even CBS analyst Steve Tasker expressed disappointment in the call. Yet officials still penalized Green Bay in a game-changing call.
Rather than Green Bay having a first down at Houston’s 13-yard line, the Packers were pushed back to a second-and-17 from Houston’s 32-yard line. Once it was second-and-17, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked for a 9-yard loss, pushing Green Bay back to Houston’s 41-yard line. On third-and-26, Rodgers threw a 3-yard pass to tight end Donald Lee, and the Packers were forced to punt.
Minutes later, the Texans made the winning field goal the Packers thought they would have when they were at the Texans’ 13-yard line.
If Green Bay had taken care of its business after the holding call, it might have won the game. But it didn’t. And now, the sequence of events can be viewed in totality.
The holding call did not cost Green Bay the game, but it certainly didn’t help the Packers’ chances any.