Packers Vs Cardinals: Enough Blaming Refs The Pack Lost On Their Own

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 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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As a diehard Green Bay Packer fan and one still in disbelief of our loss to the Cardinals. Its hard to move on from such a heartbraking loss, but in the end you have to move on and dont just blame officiating. Because the fact is that the more you keep on writing and thinking about it, the longer it will take to go away. Because the NFL is not going to put the Packers into the playoffs because they think there was a bad call. It has never changed a game result two days later and the fact of the matter is that it wasnt such a bad call to end that game.

For those of you who thought you knew what the facemask ruling was heres the real ruling: It is a penalty for twisting turning or pulling anothers players facemask.

Lets take a look at the picture that lives in infamy:

Aaron Rodgers As you can clearly see there is no twist, turn or pull of the facemask in this play and there is no penalty for sticking your right pointer finger on a players facemask that you dont even tackle. Now while this could have been called(and o man do I wish it was) it was not as serious a facemask as people thought. Not to mention just two plays earlier Rodgers missed a wide open Greg Jennings on a play that would have won the Packers the game before all of this.

Football is a physical game played between men, and the way that roughing the passer penaltys were calledthis season many people complained that it was ridiculous and I can assure you that a good amount of the people complaining about the helmet to helmet contact on Rodgers in OT can remember back to week 4 when the Ravens played played the Patriots abd were called for two ridiculous roughing the passer calls. Now although the one on Rodgers should have been enforced maybe by letting the action go on the refs thought they were doing football fans everywhere a favor by sitting on their whistles.

While Reffing may have cost Green Bay the game you cant blame all that. Also us Green Bay fans must move on to a promicing season next year and just let this go. Because we played a great game and we have a whole lot of talent. Maybe next season we finally start underachieving, but until then just sit back and enjoy the rest of the playoffs and remember that you wont have to deal with this type of conntraversey any more. Well at least not until next season.