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Divisional Playoff liveblog: Packers at Cowboys

2016 NFC Divisional Playoff

Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the NFC Divisional Playoff game from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Today’s crew is headed by Tony Corrente.


      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
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)

25 thoughts on “Divisional Playoff liveblog: Packers at Cowboys

  1. No wonder the Packers win so much the officials are either afraid to call all the flagrant holding calls against the Packer Offensive line or they are be told not to. Either way there is a huge eithical and honesty gap by the officials in today’s game and whenever the Packers play. I double dare any official to refute my comment or defend their non-action and keep a straight face. None of them will or have the guts to because they know I am right. Wonder what these officials teach their kids and grandkids about ethical behavior and honesty, nothing I will bet.

  2. 2nd Quarter: 1-10-DAL 11(8:14) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short right to D.Adams to DAL 1 for 10 yards (M.Claiborne).

    This was right before Green Bay’s third touchdown. As Buck/Aikman on Fox acknowledged, great spot by HL Bergman with SJ Vernatchi assisting. The heel of Adams’ foot touched out of bounds just before the ball touched the pylon, and the officials properly spotted the ball at the 1. This avoided Corrente having to stop the game for the review and overturn, and kept the game moving along at a good pace.

  3. More non calls on Packers DPI twice. Tell me the officials are not calling the game in fvor of the Packers. I seriously do not know how these officials can look at themselves in the mirror in the morning. Probably all Democrats.

  4. Don’t think this crew will be getting more action… Mike Periera commented that he felt entire crews should go together, not just spot pick officials from crews. Seems this might help because this crew seems a bit out of sync. Lots of missed holds in the secondary, with blatant jersey grabs. Those should be easy for these guys to pick out. Hopefully the second half will be better. I’m all for letting the guys play, and a little touchy-feely as they move is fine. But jersey grabs? That’s a bit much.

  5. Too bad jimmy has a point me. I see 70 and 65 on Green Bay get beat out on most plays and just hang on Dallas afterwards. 70 throws a hell of a lot of chop blocks too but that’s totally ok.

  6. Wow, that’s a very astute FOOTBALL commentary. I thought this forum was about officiating correctly, not team bias and homer-dom… You should take that commentary to a Cowboys fan site… I’ve seen calls missed both ways equally. Funny how those blinders work.

  7. Just because I don’t see it the same way you do doesn’t mean I’m biased. Lol. I’m calling specific players for specific things. Rodgers would have been sacked multiple times if his o line didn’t hold all game. Js

  8. Anybody want to guess how many beers Jimmy has had today? The number is as irrelevant as his comments but probably more than the number of games he has officiated.
    The foul is “interference with the opportunity” so even if there is contact it doesn’t mean the receiver has been affected. NFL officials treat virtually every pass as catchable whereas in lower levels “catchable” passes are less common due to skill levels.

  9. HL Bergman one of the last to be using an acme thunderer metal whistle with mouth guard. TWEET TWEET TWEET.

  10. As usual, when it gets to the postseason you have to pretty much mug a receiver to get a penalty called. In fact, I think Davonte Adams had his wallet stolen from him on one of the plays. How do you NOT call a hold when a guy pulls a jersey off the pads of a receiver? But that’s how they always call these playoff games, which is why the playoffs often play out differently than the regular season. The rules are treated differently.

  11. I would like to protest the outcome of this game. The Packers may have scored more points (34-31), but the Cowboys gained more total yards during the game (429-414), and I feel like that’s a better measure of a team’s success. Of course, both teams knew the rules before the game started, and the Packers would have employed a much different strategy if the objective was to gain the most yards, but I feel like we should ignore that.

    Also, Vladimir Putin hacked into the game clock and made it run slower than normal, allowing the Packers to make that field goal at the end.


  12. They marked the unsportsmanlike penalty off 5 yards instead of 15, lucking Mike McCarthy was paying attention.

  13. The NFL is counting on fans to complain about officiating when it impacts the results for their favorite team. The fact is that the NFL officials are simply not good enough. Sites like this are entertaining and they claim to be neutral and suggest that interpretation of the rule book is most interesting to fans. That is wrong. Fans want to know why holding isn’t called on Dallas when the GB receiver has his jersey pulled over his shoulder pads but it is called for something less. They want to know why the Dallas TE can get mugged with no call. It’s not about calls evening out or “letting them play”, or “good no calls.” It’s about a lack of accountability to the fans, officials being allowed to continue on in a way that is similar to a lack of term limits for politicians, and the selling out on this topic among mainstream media. The NFL needs to rebuild their officiating teams and quit hiding behind “pool reporters.” Have the guts to be accountable to the paying customer and stop making excuses for poor performance.
    I am a fan of a team that won today. The NFL and the game of football should be indebted to the Cowboys and the Packers for providing entertainment value that will push aside poor performance from an officiating standpoint. In the later game, jump over to the blog and note the response by the author in regards to the Kelcey comments. How dare he criticize the officiating? According to the author, now he can watch the same official work the super bowl “while sitting on his couch.” What if a player said, “thank god this official is not working the big game.” Are officials and their supporters vindictive, absolutely? Are they arrogant and a protected class? Yes. Officiating skills, accountability, and judgement are huge issues for the NFL. As fans, quit complaining about officials from your heart. Instead, look at a game when you don’t care who wins. Then you become a threat to the establishment because you will see the deficiency known as NFL officiating.

  14. Good comment Rob. I am not a Dallas or Packers fan, I just want to see the same rules applied to both teams. To those who have called me names as a rebuttle, I would have enjoyed a real rebuttle rather than petty insults.

  15. And we would have enjoyed it if you knew how to correctly spell rebuttal… Truth is it’s silly to come onto a site devoted to refereeing and say one team is getting favored. I’m not a referee, never have been. But I’m bright enough to know that the referees aren’t calling one way more than the other with any purpose. It’s too hard to cheat in today’s climate, with all the cameras and media, particularly in the playoffs. Did the officials miss calls? Sure. They do entry game. Both ways. You have to hope they don’t miss one egregiously that turns a game. But to say they are favoring one team over another is out of line, and when you make a comment as such you open yourself to ridicule and negative commentary because it shows either that you are a homer or you just don’t know the game well.

  16. If we are are allowed to be “homers” here, I do want to mention that as a longtime Packers fan who watched many Packers/Cowboys games in the 1990s, the Packers are still owed about 1,000 more makeup calls. (I can’t tell you how often the Packers would get hosed by the refs at Texas Stadium… usually by a referee with a Texas accent.)

  17. My husband also saw many missed calls on the GB offense of line and has been coaching hs football for over 20 years. I know that some calls were missed against Dallas too. The referees have been doing a sloppy job and seems to be worse in some games. What bothered me was seeing the conversation that Rodgers had with the referee before the game and later the pat on the rear and the money sign Rodgers did with his coach. It’s over but I hope the Falcons keep their eyes open because something is fishy. Also go ahead and check how many times Rodgers is helped up by a referee when he is tackled. I believe I saw at least 4 different referees help him. I didn’t see the referee help Tom Brady get up when they played Houston or any other quarterbacks. Smh

  18. Excellent comment from Rob. Officials are human, therefore they make mistakes. In order to ensure that their mistakes do not influence the game, head coaches should be given more freedom to challenge the decisions made by the officials. Those officials who make more mistakes than average should be retired and replaced. NFL rules which do not allow challenges to certain decisions should be changed.
    Also officials should not be allowed to physically assist players since, not only could this cause injury to the official, but could be seen as showing bias to him or his team.

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