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Refs Were a Theme For the Packers Again

Mike McCarthy

We noted the number of bad calls in the Green Bay Packers win over the New Orleans Saints. After the game, the Packers made note of them as well.

A week after getting robbed of a win by the (replacement) officials in Seattle, the Packers didn’t fare much better with the real officials back in the fold. Overcoming that adversity was a theme in the locker room.

“I guess we finally beat ’em tonight, and that’s the referees,” tight end Jermichael Finley said. “We just can’t bow down and get in the referees’ game, the game they want to play. We can’t worry about what they’re calling or what they’re doing over there.”

“We can’t sit on the sideline and boo, so that’s what the fans are for, to get into it, make it nice and loud in there (and) boo them so hopefully we get a call on our side,” wide receiver James Jones said. “Everybody saw it. Obviously they missed a couple calls.”

Among the blown calls was Darren Sproles’ fourth-quarter fumble on a kickoff return. Sproles was ruled down before the ball came out. He clearly was not, but the Packers didn’t have any challenges left at that point.

“I was actually right there (and) I was going crazy, like most of the stadium,” B.J. Raji said of the referee’s ruling that it was not a fumble. “It was unfortunate that (it happened on) a clear call like that. Everyone has to answer to somebody, so I’m guessing, hopefully they have to answer to somebody.”

Ultimately, the Packers did enough to win, which kept them out of a hole like New Orleans finds themselves in.

“I think 1-3 would have been very difficult,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “When you start having consecutive losses, you can’t help but having that thinking of, ‘Here we go again’ at times. Unfortunately, there was a little bit of that tonight with some of the calls, but we were able to overcome it.

“I think it says a lot about the character of this team. This was an important win for us.”

Hopefully, we’re not talking about this theme again next Monday. It’s about time some calls start to go the Packers’ way, right?

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Madcity Packer Fan October 1, 2012

    One thing I can’t stand it dumb fuck Bears or Vikings fans pointing out that we shouldn’t be concerned about these calls and more concerned about the performance of our team. The only problem is they do not have the class to acknowledge that these calls were bogus. Classless fans need not speak when there team is nothing to brag about as well all know.

  2. Pack Lethal October 1, 2012

    Those same Viqueen/ Bears fans are the first ones to bitch about shit no going their way. Fuck em.

  3. Ryan EC October 1, 2012

    It seems as tho the refs/nfl are trying to encourage packers losses… But we all know the nfl is a standup organization and would never do anything like that.

  4. Landfill October 1, 2012

    After a weeks worth of bitching and moaning by every Packer blog/outlet out there the blame is trying to get shifted to Bears and Vikings fans. Why am I not surprised. Fact of the matter is, all fans get pissed when calls don’t go there way, and rightfully so.

  5. Cheese October 1, 2012

    Good thing they got rid of those replacement refs. The NFL is such a joke..

  6. Pack Lethal October 2, 2012

    You are correct Landfill, but I live in the twin cities metro and every excuse for losing for the vikings comes down to refs according to MN fans. They keep bringing up the Monday night game vs GB 2 years ago.

  7. PackerBoB October 2, 2012

    I’d like to hear the refs explain some of these bad calls after the game, particularly the call where they reviewed Graham’s catch. We do they see that the millions of fans, commentators and former Head of Officiating don’t?

  8. the real russ letlow October 2, 2012

    the refs got cheers once, at the beginning of the game, prior to the coin toss. They got booed most of the rest of the game, starting with the first NO td (pushing off). They kew right when they screwed up, because the fans in the stands let them have it very loud and very clear. The chant of “the refs still suck” was freaking hilarious! Even some Saints fans at the game were getting into the chant!