Tuesday, September 28, 2010
A lot of yellow has Green Bay feeling blue
Referee Terry McAulay and his crew were busy Monday night, calling a total of 23 penalties in the Packers-Bears game. Eighteen of those fouls went against Green Bay, the most in a single game in Green Bay Packers history.
• After a league-high 118 accepted penalties last season, the Packers’ discipline issues reappeared on Monday. Through their first two games this season, Green Bay had been whistled for just eight penalties, a total they more than doubled in Week 3 alone. Offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher combined for six penalties themselves, including five in the second half. At one point, Tauscher false started two plays in a row from the Green Bay 1-yard line, which led to the punt that Devin Hester returned for a touchdown!
• It wasn’t just the number of penalties, but the timing of some of them that buried the Pack on Monday. A holding penalty against Tauscher nullified an Aaron Rodgers 3rd quarter touchdown pass (on 3rd-and-9), on a drive that ended with a blocked field goal attempt. And a roughing the passer penalty against the defense nullified a 4th quarter interception, on a drive that ended with the Bears’ game-tying field goal.
• Last night was the second straight Monday Night Football appearance for the Packers with lots of yellow flags. When they hosted the Ravens on December 7, 2009, Green Bay was whistled 11 times for 175 yards.