Kickers balls are the Packers. Thats where they got kicked with that play.
First - the Packers were screwed on that call.
That being said, conventional wisdom (and what the players are coached to do) says knock that ball down/out of bounds/etc. precisely for this very reason. He allowed the receiver to make a play on the ball and allowed the ref's judgment call to be taken into account. Of course, batting the ball down can backfire as it did in the Lions-Titans game. But intercepting the ball backfired here, didn't it?
As far as the missed pass interference, the commentators were mentioning that offensive PI never gets called in that situation, and I've never seen defensive PI get called there, either. Therefore, as blatant as that PI was, it's a non-issue with me.
Most offensive thing about Tate's push off was saying that he "plays for God," and then claiming he had no idea what the sideline reporter was saying when she asked about his push-off. If you're going to play the "God" card, don't turn around and immediately lie.
I think the Packers db's screwed up as much as anyone. There was no need to attempt an interception there. None at all. DB's are taught to bat the ball down to the ground, or bat it away so no one can catch it, or if the offensive player gets his hands on it first, make sure he does not make it to the ground with it. The Packer's db's did none of those. There was no reason to try and make an interception of that pass. Knock it away.
Maybe the Packers should have shown up for the first half of the game :spinny:
As a Vikings fan, I say welcome to the club. Yeah it wasn't a good call, but the Packers played like ****. Win or lose, they are in big trouble this year if they don't turn things around quickly.
I'm going to just leave this here:
League admits to two touchdown errors in Sunday night game | ProFootballTalk
Without those mistakes, the Packers wouldn't have backed into the playoffs and had the SB run. It goes both ways.