Letter to Green Bay Packer Fans: You're Right, but It Doesn't Matter

Greg EspositoContributor IIJanuary 11, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is hit by cornerback Michael Adams #27 of the Arizona Cardinals during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.   (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Originally posted at Phoenix.Fanster.com

It sucks to witness what many consider "one of the greatest games of all time" and come out on the losing end because of a bad or missed call. 

The Arizona Cardinals and their fans are familiar with that fact, and now, thanks to the Cards, the Green Bay Packers and their backers are too. 

Consider this an open letter of condolence to Packer fans and an open acknowledgment that the Cardinals got away with one—or was it two—on the way to victory.

If you haven't heard, apparently Green Bay Packers fans aren't very happy with the officiating in overtime of their 51-45 loss to the Cardinals. 

They believe there should have been penalties called on second and third down during their overtime drive. After review, they are probably right.

On second down there was a helmet-to-helmet hit on Aaron Rodgers that warranted a roughing the passer call in today's powder-puff NFL

On the final play of the game there was a missed call as well. After Michael Adams hit the ball out of Rodgers' hands, he clearly grabbed the quarterback's face mask to pull him to the ground. The only problem was everyone was looking at Dansby as he ran the ball into the end zone.

My advice for Packers fans?

Get over it. 

It sounds harsh, but there isn't much else you can do. Cardinals fans know that for a fact.

Think it's tough losing a game on Wild Card weekend because of a blown call? Try losing the Super Bowl.

Many will call Super Bowl XLIII one of the best ever played, but it didn't matter to Cardinal fans. All that mattered to them was that Santonio Holmes only had one foot touch inbounds on the game-winning touchdown. 

That missed call cost them the Lombardi trophy. Yesterday's missed call only cost you a chance to either give the ball back to the Cardinals a few plays later or get embarrassed in New Orleans.

I feel bad for you. I really do. So bad, in fact, that I'm willing to, on behalf of Cardinals fans everywhere, make a deal with you.

You get Cardinal fans their Super Bowl trophy from Pittsburgh, and Cardinal fans will be happy to replay overtime from the point where the roughing the passer penalty should have been called.

Until then, I offer my condolences, and remember, at least you'll always have the satisfaction of knowing the Packers played in the greatest NFL playoff game ever.