On Monday Night Football, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers needed a 4th quarter comeback and a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired to beat the banged up, CJ Beathard-led San Francisco 49ers in a 33-30 thriller.
One of the most important plays on Rodgers’ game-winning drive was not courtesy of Aaron, but former Seattle Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman, who had spent the entire night not even being thrown at.
Facing with a 3rd and 15 deep in their own territory, with the 49ers possessing all three timeouts and less than a minute to go, Rodgers was sacked by DeForest Buckner, opening the door for CJ Beathard to atone for his interception on the previous possession, and perhaps get San Francisco a stunning win at Lambeau Field.
Not so fast.
“Illegal contact, defense #25. Five-yard penalty, automatic first-down.”
This was the play in question, as Sherman was defending Davante Adams.
The penalty people are cryin about...Sherman reaches out and makes contact and disrupts the route when Adams goes to cut. pic.twitter.com/wTTtoEGIBd— p (@P_Funk36) October 16, 2018
Instead of a 4th down punting situation and the Niners likely getting good field position, Rodgers got a second chance. Four of the next five plays gained 67 yards, with the other play just a clock-stopping spike. Game over.
This is how fans at Niners Nation reacted to the penalty.
Regardless of whether or not you think the penalty call is weak, we’ve now reached the unthinkable point in time where 49ers fans are irate that Richard Sherman got penalized at a crucial stage in a game. Crazy, isn’t it?