The following video sums up what most of us were feeling as the Green Bay Packers fell to the Chicago Bears, Monday night.
The agony and the ecstasy may be an appropriate title, although switching it around is probably more accurate. I can’t really see what was going on in the game, but my guess is this is the point where Nick Collins’ interception was negated by Morgan Burnett’s pass interference penalty with under two minutes to play.
At the time the penalty was called, many of us wondered how the officials could essentially decide a game on such a call.
After the game, Charles Woodson wondered the same thing.
“Somehow,” Woodson said, “you’ve got to get away from letting quarterbacks throw the ball up for grabs when both players have engaged downfield and then you get the penalty and they get the ball at the -yard line. That needs to change. That’s heartbreaking for a team to battle all game and then it’s always the offensive guy that gets that call. That has to change.”
There’s no doubt Burnett and Bears receiver Earl Bennett were tied up on the play, but the two players were battling with each other, rather than the Packers safety being all over the receiver. More to Woodson’s point, Bennett wasn’t going to catch the ball anyway. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked like he threw the ball directly to Collins.
Clearly, if we know anything about the Bears this season, it’s that they’re getting a lot of calls going there way.
Video via Guyism.