Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Jaire Alexander Should've Been Flagged for Doing 'Griddy'

Erin WalshJanuary 2, 2023

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 01: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 01, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander wasn't going to let Minnesota Vikings wide receiver cook him for a second time this season in Sunday's matchup at Lambeau Field.

During Week 1, Jefferson posted 184 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers, helping the Vikings secure a 23-7 win. This time around, the superstar wasn't close to hitting those marks, catching just one pass for 15 yards on five targets in a 41-17 loss.

During the first quarter, Alexander broke up a pass intended for Jefferson and immediately hit the 23-year-old's signature "Griddy" celebration.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Jaire Alexander really hit the Griddy on Justin Jefferson after locking him up 🤣<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSSports</a>)<a href="https://t.co/j6vpD9oTdm">pic.twitter.com/j6vpD9oTdm</a>

Following the game, Jefferson told reporters Alexander should have been flagged for taunting.

Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

Justin Jefferson said he thought Jaire Alexander should have been flagged for taunting when Alexander hit the griddy after an incompletion in the first quarter. "But it is what it is. He does stuff like that to try get in my head." Full quote: <a href="https://t.co/My7WUzR5GO">pic.twitter.com/My7WUzR5GO</a>

Leading up to the game, Alexander made controversial comments about Jefferson's Week 1 performance, calling it "a fluke."

Jefferson has proved it wasn't a fluke, having caught 123 passes for 1,756 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games leading up to Sunday.

However, Alexander did get the best of Jefferson on Sunday, and there certainly seems to be a rivalry brewing between the NFC North stars. If the Vikings and Packers meet in the postseason, get your popcorn ready.