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Predictably, Packers Would Like Different Overtime Rules

Clay Matthews

The Arizona Cardinals are probably pretty cool with the NFL’s overtime rules, but the Green Bay Packers, predictably, are not.

After losing a do-over of a coin toss, the Packers didn’t touch the ball in overtime as the Cardinals scored a touchdown on the lone possession of the period.

NFL rules dictate both teams get a possession in overtime, but only if the team that has the ball first doesn’t score a touchdown. The Cardinals scored a touchdown and game over.

Not so in college, where both teams get at least one possession.

Well, you know the Packers would have liked to see those rules.

“Let’s go college rules. Just put us on the 25 or whatever it is and let us go at it,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. “But I don’t know. I’m sure it’ll be talked about. It sucks that we don’t have an opportunity.

“But those are the rules right now. We’ve got to play by them. We had an opportunity to stop them on their side of the field and force a punt and kick a field goal to win, and we didn’t do that.”

Didn’t do that is right.

For the second season in a row, the Packers lost after a huge play in overtime without touching the ball.

On one hand, the defense.

On the other hand… well, there is no other hand.

The defense can’t give up a huge play at that time and they’ve done so two years in a row.

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. Dave The Lions Fan January 17, 2016

    They keep on whining. The nickname “Slackers” really does fit them. If you want to give the ball to your “stud” QB you have to play something called DEFENSE. They get paid millions to play this DEFENSE but they keep losing because they are trash. Every Packer on that defense is overrated. So instead of a Slackers win I get to say…..


    1. billabong January 17, 2016

      hahaha good one kid, and I’m SO HAPPY you kept old stone face for you head coach…great move!!!! How did your team do this weekend?? Oh thats right your rebuilding your staff again…

    2. Big Gay Clay January 17, 2016

      The fact is Dave, you must be a closet Packer fan if you are on this website more than some of its habitual users. do you post on Bear or Viking sites? Probably not…

  2. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey January 17, 2016

    ^^^thats bait.

  3. Jschizl January 17, 2016

    Proud and happy for the season
    Didn’t end how I wanted but we will be better next year

  4. Jschizl January 17, 2016

    Go pack go

  5. Cuban January 17, 2016

    I dont care about new ot rules, i want a dc whos not gonna go away from man coverage to a zone that didnt work even once, just because the team took an insurmountable(sarcasm) 6 point lead

  6. billabong January 17, 2016

    pork chop lovers unite.

  7. gort January 17, 2016

    The OT rules are more or less OK. The change a few years ago that eliminated a win on a first possession field goal was good. If the defense can’t stop a single possession TD, then you lose. Sorry, do your job, or get over it.

  8. Brad January 17, 2016

    Maybe go for a two point conversion and the win, instead of being a pussy.

  9. Big Gay Clay January 17, 2016

    I agree with the playoff rules for the regular season but we all know the post season is completely different. The rules are set up to that whoever wins a coin toss gets the advantage at the end of the game. Is that really fair when it’s a “win or go home” game? No, This is 2 years in a row that we have lost on a walk off touchdown in the playoffs.

    1. Big Gay Clay January 17, 2016

      Sorry “OT rules for the regular season”.

  10. Salazar January 17, 2016

    Any team that doesn’t put one human being within 15 fucking yards of Larry Fitzgerald – on ANY play, but especially in OT – deserves to lose. Dom Capers ran a pretty good defense this year, but shit like that should still put him in the job market. Shameful shit.

  11. Shawn January 17, 2016

    Poor look for Clay to complain about the rules right after giving up the winning score for the 2nd year in a row.

    The college rules are BS, not football.

    I believe BJ Raji said it best – “That’s sucker stuff, man. We lost the game. We should’ve won.”

    1. Phatgzus January 17, 2016

      He was being sarcastic ad mocking the college rules because he believed the D needed to play regardless of what the rules were.

  12. Mike January 17, 2016

    Couldn’t agree more. If anything the d is supposed to be our strength this season, yet they just can’t seem to get a stop when they need it. That drive az had late for a td was the perfect example. How many third and longs did they convert and shields dropping an easy pick. I for one was glad the d started first. You’d think they can make a stop, turn the field position and with mason, we go out there get some yards and end it. Instead the d shit the bed like they did last January vs Seattle and the 2 prior to sf. Defense wins championships and the pack would have a shot for another one if they made one play here or there. Instead they drop ints, leave the best player WIDE open and miss important tackles.

  13. Mike January 17, 2016

    That’s exactly what I was thinking on their drive for that late td. Man was working and we were winning all the match ups and the zone seemed to cause confusion and the lack of discipline resulted in mismatches and guys wide open all over the place. I just don’t get it. I’m sure Dom will be back next season with the same cast and it’ll be the same results. Seems to be the same story every season for this team since 2011.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK January 18, 2016

      Green Bay’s version of “Groundhog Day” . . .

  14. anthony January 18, 2016

    he should called out the offense for not doing shit and putting up 6 points instead of 14. they put themselves in that position. not the refs, not the cardinals, not the OT rules. the packers basically handed it to the cardinals even though they have multiple opportunities to gain a significant lead.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK January 18, 2016


  15. SApackerfan January 18, 2016

    I think the overtime rules need to change. Here is my logic. The defense in any sport is at a significant disadvantage in overtime due to fatigue. The offense is also fatigued but knows what it is doing and does not having to quickly respond to a rapid changing play. Having to respond quickly is harder when you are tired. Notice this hold true in basketball, soccer, any every other team sport. If this was not true coin toss winners would sometimes choose to be on defense first. That never happens cause everyone know the defense is at a significant disadvantage in overtime. So if all things being equal like this game was we lost at the coin toss.

  16. Bob E. January 18, 2016

    Clay is miserable because HE should’ve have let Fitzgerald do what he did. Yes, hindsight is 20/20 like they say, but no let’s just be a whiner. Peppers and Raji manned up to the whole thing, but not Clay.

    1. Phatgzus January 18, 2016

      Agreed, if Clay uses that motors he’s so often praised for possessing he may have been able to nail Fitz when he cut back, maybe even caused a fumble with nothing but Packers players and open field in the vicinity; but he geared down when he thought Fitz was going OB and resultantly gained 40 more yards than he should have. If Matthews does give up on the play, it is most likely 1st-and-10 Cardinals around midfield, with the D still having a chance to hold Zona to a FG or less. That’s what sickens me most about that play, well maybe second most after the moving statue that is Carson Palmer somehow managing to evade 3 or 4 Packers defenders and then lobbing the ball across field on a 360 reminiscent of the Wilson-to-Wilson 2 point conversion.

  17. Bob E. January 18, 2016

    And of course teams that lost the coin toss never win, right?

  18. SApackerfan January 18, 2016

    No if you loss the coin toss you have a 43% chance of winning according for OT games from 2012, 2013 and September of 2014. That is a significant enough difference to show the coin toss and single score to win to be unfair. That is why they changed it to a touchdown but I am sure it will prove to still be unfair. Until the number hovers within 2points of 50% they are hurting the loser of the coin toss. As for the packer mistakes in regulation and overtime I agree with you, they choked letting Fitz be that open but I am talking about if the coin toss and rules are really fair. I we got the first touchdown I would certainly be happier but it also wouldn’t have changed the statistics on the fairness of the rule.

  19. Bob E. January 19, 2016

    Then perhaps we should do as others have suggested on other sites, “rock, paper, scissors”. Someone wins and someone loss at the coin toss. Hasn’t this been done for a while now and has every team who loses the toss and loses the game, blame the toss?

  20. SApackerfan January 19, 2016

    The best solution is to allow both teams a single offensive possession regardless of score and then sudden death. This would negate the coin toss win effect advantage and would even create a lot of deferrals and interesting logic without adding a huge amount of time to a game. Interesting thing is recently the Packers voted against the overtime rule changes.