The past couple of days have been interesting if you've followed the Green Bay Packers. Victims of a blown call on the last play of the game on Monday Night Football, the Packers fell to 1-2 and are now tied with the Detroit Lions due to a 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The natural reaction of Packers fans has been to blame the replacement officials for handing the Packers a loss they believe that they didn't deserve.
Aaron Rodgers even got in on the fun in his "Tuesdays With Aaron" segment on ESPNMilwaukee.com by unleashing a seven-minute statement on replacement referees damaging the integrity of the game.
However, when the Packers look back at the game tape, they should realize that the situation they put themselves in at the end of the game never should have happened if they had executed the 59:45 preceding the final Hail Mary play.
At the top of the list, Rodgers was sacked eight times in the first half by the Seahawks defense. During some parts of that onslaught, it looked like the Packers offensive line took a page out of T.J. Lang's playbook and went on strike prior to the controversial ending of the game.
The argument could be made that the Packers were lucky that they still had their franchise quarterback when they ran on the field to begin the second half. It got that ugly.
Also to blame for the Packers' woes on Monday was Mike McCarthy's play-calling. Out of 30 snaps in the first half for the Packers offense, the Packers decided to throw the ball 27 times.
One would think that if the Seahawks were getting that much pressure on their weak offensive line, McCarthy would try and mix it up with a run game that was resuscitated a week earlier against the Chicago Bears.
The Packers played markedly better in the second half, but they were unable to get in the same rhythm and efficiency that they made their trademark during their 2011 season.
To blame the replacement officials for Monday's loss would be a fallacy that would compare to Wisconsin's neighbors west of the Mississippi River who still complain about the 2009 NFC Championship game.
(For those of you who may not know what I'm talking about, Minnesota Vikings fans commonly say "If you look at the stats, we would have won that game" without mentioning the five turnovers the Vikings committed that Sunday in New Orleans.)
After two days of whining, complaining and protesting, it's time to put down the picket signs and turn attention to the glaring issues the Packers have across their offensive line and running game.
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