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Packers DC Dom Capers can't recall anything like Cowboys-Lions penalty fiasco

1/5/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Dom Capers has been around the NFL longer than anyone on the Green Bay Packers coaching staff -- he's old enough to remember watching the Ice Bowl on TV -- and the 64-year-old said he has never seen anything quite like the pass interference-non pass interference call near the end of Sunday's NFC wild-card game between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.

"Being a defensive coach, I'm used to seeing those flags fly," said Capers, who is in his 29th NFL season and his sixth as the Packers' defensive coordinator. "It's rare that you see one fly and have it picked up."

Even more rare was that the pass interference call against the Cowboys was recanted after referee Pete Morelli announced it.

"I don't know if I have [ever seen that]," Capers said Monday.

The play helped set up the Cowboys' go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter that knocked out the Lions and set up Sunday's Packers-Cowboys divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field.

It's the first postseason meeting between the two teams in Green Bay since the historic Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, which is the coldest game in Packers' history at minus-13 degrees.

Capers was a 17-year-old when that game was played. Julius Peppers, the oldest player on the Packers' roster at age 34, was still nearly 13 years away from being born.

"Well, I remember watching the game," Capers said when asked what he remembers about the Ice Bowl. "Coach [Mike McCarthy] made a comment about that in a team meeting today, and Aaron Rodgers asked me what I [thought] of the Ice Bowl. So you and Aaron have both asked me the question, being as I was the only one in the room that probably watched the game."