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Jordy Nelson Plays a Game of 'Hide the Challenge Flag'

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2012

Jordy Nelson is one smart cookie.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did his best Jim Schwartz impersonation in Week 17, but Nelson smartly attempted to cover up for his coach.

You see, James Jones stretched out to score a touchdown near the goal line. The officials ruled that he fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line, though, and before you knew it, McCarthy had thrown his red challenge flag.

Except the play in question was either going to be a turnover or a touchdown, and we all know what happened to Schwartz on Thanksgiving Day.

Nelson remembered, and he did his best to hide what his coach had done, stealthily picking up the flag and then hiding it behind his water bottle. 

The refs didn't miss it, and McCarthy was flagged for a 15-yard penalty. But since the play had already been flagged for review by the men upstairs, the Packers didn't suffer the same fate as Schwartz and the Detroit Lions a month ago. 

Fair or not, the play was ruled a touchdown, and truth be told, that's the right call. 

All we know is this: Nelson deserves a special award for "Craftiest Use of a Water Bottle" or something.

Well played, sir. 

 

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