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Those Facemask Calls Didn’t Always Go the Packers’ Way

Aaron Rodgers' season-ending facemask

Following the Green Bay Packers’ wild victory over the Detroit Lions there was much hand-wringing about the facemask call that gave Aaron Rodgers the final play that would ultimately send the Leos to defeat.

Mostly by people unlike us. People from Detroit.

People who belong to a team that finds new and inventive ways to let them down week after week, year after year.

Well, we somewhat feel your pain. We’ve been there.

After the game, I immediately had an acid flashback to the 2009 playoffs.

The Packers went to Arizona to face the Cardinals in the Wild Card round that year, losing a 51-45 shootout. The game went into overtime and ended on a Karlos Dansby fumble return for a touchdown.

The fumbler was none other than Aaron Rodgers, who lost the ball when Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams obviously and egregiously grabbed his facemask. You can see the evidence in the photo above.

Any question about whether that’s a facemask?


Only to the officials that day, who kept their flags in their pockets and heads in their asses.

The only difference between what happened to the Packers then and what happened to the Lions this week is that non-call in January of 2010 ended the game and season for the Packers. The Lions had an opportunity to win their game on the next play.

They just failed.

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. Big Gay Clay December 5, 2015

    Say what you want but I think we would have won the Super Bowl that year if that facemask gets called.

  2. Kato December 5, 2015

    Agreed. The pass defense scared me a bit because they did get torched by kurt warner and big ben that year. I remember talking to my friend that is a bears fan toward the end of the regular season discussing teams that we thought would win it that year and he thought the packers would win the super bowl that year

  3. Richard December 5, 2015

    The Packers-Saints matchup would’ve been fun, but let’s not pretend that the Packers have lost there every time since Rodgers has been starter. I’d have a hard time picturing them winning in NO, and then going to Minnesota and beating a Viking team that kicked their ass twice already would’ve been a tall order. They should just be happy the Favre-led Vikings choked

  4. Andy Pants December 5, 2015

    If you read what the whiny Vikings fans (and many others) are all saying, the Packers only get calls in their favor, all the time, no matter what, because “the NFL wants the Packers to win.” Because money. How ridiculous.

    I checked my Facebook yesterday, and there are all kinds of Vikings losers complaining about this shit. I can’t remember the last time I or any other Packers fan gave a fucking shit about the penalties called in any Vikings game, but these losers are absolutely obsessed with the Packers.

    1. PF4L December 5, 2015

      Personally, i wouldn’t waste my time reading some other teams fans comments because i don’t give a fucking shit, what they think, or write.

  5. Andy Pants December 5, 2015

    You’re right. Major waste of time, and so depressing to think that’s what they have been reduced to after years of failure.