Green Bay couldn’t on Sunday night, but it was evident in Aaron Rodgers ’ voice after the 34-23 loss to the Falcons at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium that he felt the Packers were in this game much more than the 24-point second-half deficit indicated.
But the officials flagged tight end Martellus Bennett for offensive pass interference, calling him for running a “pick” on Cobb’s defender.
When the Falcons ran a similar pick play at the goal line to score right before halftime, and it wasn’t called, McCarthy ended up getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing.
How much difference it would have made is up for debate, because the Packers’ defense was getting gashed by Matt Ryan and Co., putting Rodgers and his mates in the tough position of trying to keep up in a loud, road environment.
Rodgers wondered whether he was hit helmet-to-helmet, too, on the backwards pass that turned into a scoop-and-score for the Falcons, though he admitted he had to get the ball out of his hands quicker on that play.
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