While there were some memorable moments in Saturday night's NFC Divisional Round game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, a wild finish thanks to a Hail Mary and an overtime period that was over in a flash was somewhat overshadowed by the coin toss that preceded extra time.
Referee Clete Blakeman voided the first overtime coin toss because the coin did not flip, much to the dismay of the Packers. The Cardinals won the second toss and needed just three plays to win the game, 26-20, and move on to the NFC Championship Game.
Here's a look at the coin-flip incident courtesy of NFL.com:
NFL spokesman Michael Signora commented on the annulled toss Sunday, per Kevin Seifert and Jason Wilde of ESPN.com.
"There is nothing in the rulebook that specifies this," Signora said. "But the referee used his judgment to determine that basic fairness dictated that the coin should flip for the toss to be valid. That is why he re-tossed the coin."
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who called the toss, wasn't given the opportunity to re-call the second toss, which he lost because of his initial tails call.
He weighed in on the toss controversy as well, per Seifert and Wilde:
Clete had it on heads. He was showing heads, so I called tails, and it didn't flip. It just tossed up in the air and did not turn over at all. It landed in the ground. So we obviously thought that was not right. He picked the coin up and flipped it to tails, and then he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. It was confusing. I think he was trying to avoid the embarrassment of what just happened. He flipped it quickly.
Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle shared his thoughts on Rodgers' comments:
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews also addressed the situation.
"The first one, it didn't turn. It just sat there like a saucer," he said. "They still won the second one. I'm sure that would have been a little bit of controversy if we had won."
There's a very good chance many football fans are still trying to process what exactly went on during one of the craziest games in NFL postseason history. But in a game of extreme highs and lows for both sides, it's only fitting that the officials got in on the madness.
While we'll never know if Rodgers would have made the correct call on the follow-up coin toss if given the chance, Blakeman's inability to flip a round piece of metal is one of the talking points the morning after an all-time great game.