2016 NFC Divisional Playoff
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Today’s crew is headed by Tony Corrente.
|R||99||Tony Corrente||22||Cal State-Fullerton||retired educator|
|U||102||Bruce Stritesky||11||Vinovich||Embry Riddle||airline pilot|
|HL||32||Jeff Bergman||25||Triplette||Robert Morris||president and chief executive officer, medical services|
|LJ||2||Bart Longson||2||Corrente||Brigham Young||co-founder and CEO, digital finance company|
|FJ||82||Buddy Horton||18||Corrente||Oregon State||water service worker|
|SJ||75||Rob Vernatchi||13||Corrente||California-Riverside||enforcement investigator|
|BJ||133||Steve Freeman||16||Triplette||Mississippi State||custom home builder|
- Replay: Carl Madsen
- Alternates: John Parry (R), Gary Arthur (LJ), Dave Meslow (SJ)
- January 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm :00 | 4th qtr. Packers FG — Mason Crosby 51 yd. GB 34-31 key
- January 15, 2017 - 7:59 pm :12 | 4rd qtr. | video pending Booth review (2:00) — Completed catch. Call confirmed. key
- January 15, 2017 - 7:51 pm :35 | 4th qtr. Cowboys FG — Dan Bailey 52 yd. Tied 31-31 key
- January 15, 2017 - 7:45 pm 1:33 | 4th qtr. Packers FG — Mason Crosby 56 yd. GB 31-28 key
- January 15, 2017 - 7:26 pm 4:08 | 4th qtr. Cowboys TD — Dez Bryant 7 yd. pass from Dak Prescott (2-pt: Dak Prescott run). Tied 28-28 key
- January 15, 2017 - 7:06 pm 11:39 | 4th qtr. Cowboys TD — Jason Witten 6 yd. pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick). GB 28-20 key
- January 15, 2017 - 6:35 pm 11:25 | 3rd qtr. Packers TD — Jared Cook 3 yd. pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick). GB 28-13 key
- January 15, 2017 - 6:12 pm 1:00 | 2nd qtr. Cowboys FG — Dan Bailey 33 yd. GB 21-13 key
- January 15, 2017 - 5:52 pm 6:03 | 2nd qtr. Cowboys TD — Dez Bryant 40 yd. pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick). GB 21-10 key
- January 15, 2017 - 5:45 pm 7:37 | 2nd qtr. Packers TD — Ty Montgomery 1 yd. run (Mason Crosby kick). GB 21-3 key
- January 15, 2017 - 5:28 pm 14:05 | 2nd qtr. Packers TD — Ty Montgomery 3 yd. run (Mason Crosby kick). GB 14-3 key
- January 15, 2017 - 4:57 pm 8:58 | 1st qtr. Packers TD — Richard Rodgers 34 yd. pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick). GB 7-3 key
- January 15, 2017 - 4:48 pm 11:23 | 1st qtr. Cowboys FG — Dan Bailey 50 yd. DAL 3-0 key
Referee Tony Corrente was interviewed by a pool reporter after the game regarding the illegal substitution call and the defensive pass interference foul right after the 2:00 warning.
Q: [on the unsportsmanlike penalty for 12-men on the field]
Corrente: They brought in a two-receiver set on a substitution, and number 19 [Brice Butler] was one of those two players and came into the huddle, stayed in the huddle, then departed. He was substituted for. He has to stay either in the game or they can call a timeout to get out of it. Of course, he went out. It’s not an obscure rule, it’s just part of the substitution mechanics and part of the substitution rule.
Q: [on the pass interference penalty]
Corrente: The ball was in the air. Once the ball is in the air, and he grabbed him, which normally would be a defensive holding, now becomes a pass interference. It prevented him from continuing down to make a play on the ball.
Q: [on if it should have been called on 30, not 42]
Corrente: They gave me the wrong number.
The officiating crew — as well as the teams, media, and some leftover fans — were detained as AT&T Stadium was under lockdown following the game.
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:03 | 4th qtr. Outstanding call by side judge Rob Vernatchi called the Jared Cook catch good right on the sideline Cook got his toes down before his knees touched out of bounds. Vernatchi’s sideline partner, head linesman Jeff Bergman acknowledged his outstanding call right on the field.
Solid ref-on-ref butt tap there. pic.twitter.com/9ea9DFBv9e
— Chris Rongey (@ChrisRongey) January 16, 2017
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2017
Packers 34-31, final
Penalties, 6. Dallas 6/50 (+1 declined), Green Bay 3/22.
Replays, 1. Booth review under 2:00 (call confirmed).
2:00 I 4th qtr. Penalty on Cowboys for DPI. Looks like it could’ve been illegal contact but if it’s close in relation to when the ball is thrown, officials will call DPI.
1:52 | 4th qtr. Good call on Anthony Brown for pass interference. He hooked and turned the receiver. Buddy Horton with the flag.
3:59 | 4th qtr. Good pass interference call on the Packers’ Gunter by head linesman Jeff Bergman.
7:11 | 3rd qtr. Umpire Bruce Stritesky’s heart may have skipped a beat on this Packers’ interception. When an interception happens up the middle, the referee and umpire have to make sure they get out of the way first, officiate the play second. This play ended right in Stritesky’s lap.
— NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2017
14:50 | 3rd qtr. Outstanding call by head linesman Jeff Bergman ruling Randall Cobb caught the ball.
0:00 | 2nd qtr. Dallas had a chance to score three more points before going to the locker room. When the receiving team fair catches a scrimmage kick, they have the option of lining up for a free kick to score a field goal. Even if the clock shows zeros, the team can still have an un-timed free kick. The rules work just like a kickoff (except the kicker can’t use a tee), and if the kick splits the uprights, the kicking team is awarded a three points. The positive is that the kicker can really get a running start and boom the ball. The downside is that the other team can return the kick and if it goes for a TD, the kicking team has egg on its face.
Packers 21-13, halftime
Penalties, 6. Dallas 3/25 (+1 declined), Green Bay 2/10.
A lack of defensive holding flags is a big factor in the first half of the game, and twice, Packers’ wide receiver Davonte Adams was the victim. On the first play at 1:10 in the first quarter, Adams’ jersey was pulled so hard his shoulder pads were exposed. The second foul happened at 5:10 in the second quarter. Adams was running a route and Cowboys clutching and grabbing held him up while running his route.
Come on guys, throw a flag when a receiver is grabbed and his movement is restricted. Another miss defensive holding foul!
— Jim Daopoulos (@RefereeJimD) January 15, 2017
1:10 | 1st qtr. Missed defensive holding call on the Cowboys. When the receiver has his shoulder pads exposed after the play, that’s a good indication he had a jersey tug. Either the deep wing (Horton) or the back judge (Freeman) would have the best look.
Rule 5-2-5 on the illegal substitution:
The following are applicable to any offensive substitute who is entering the game: …
(b) If he approaches the huddle and communicates with a teammate, he is required to participate in at least one play before being withdrawn. Violations of this rule may be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Note: The intent of the rule is to prevent teams from using simulated substitutions to confuse an opponent, while still permitting a player (or players) to enter and leave without participating in a play in certain situations, such as a change in a coaching decision on fourth down, even though he has approached the huddle and communicated with a teammate. Similarly, if a player who participated in the previous play leaves the playing field by mistake, and returns to the playing field prior to the snap, he is not required to reach the inside of the field numerals, provided that the defense has the opportunity to match up with him. However, a substitute (i.e., someone who did not participate in the previous play) is required to reach the inside of the field numerals.
5:55 | 1st qtr. The Cowboys were flagged for an unusual illegal substitution foul. An incoming substitute entered the huddle and then did not participate in the play. This is an illegal substitution foul, and because of its deceptive nature, it is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct foul. The incoming substitute must be part of the next play, and it is not related to the amount
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 15, 2017
Washington was flagged for this foul in this stadium with the same referee on Oct. 27, 2014, which I mentioned in my book, So You Think You Know Football?
The foul is not part of the 2&DQ rule, so it does not count towards a player’s ejection.
10:23 | 1st qtr. Aaron Rodgers was able to draw a flag on Dallas for having too many men on the field at the snap. Umpire Bruce Stritesky had just spotted the ball for Green Bay, and Rodgers snapped the ball in order to draw the substitution foul as quickly as he can. Even through Stritesky was able to move out of the way, he wasn’t back in his position. This was very close to being an illegal snap. Officials will warn an offense first, which Stritesky most likely did.
This is Tony Corrente’s 22nd season and 19th as referee. This is his 16th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 5 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLI.
It is heads, Packers win and defer. They will kick.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) January 15, 2017