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Packers had inexcusable blunder on final play of loss to 49ers

The Green Bay Packers didn’t just completely blow it in their NFC Divisional Round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night. They embarrassed themselves with a beyond inexcusable error. The Packers lost 13-10 when Robbie Gould made a 45-yard field goal to win the game as time expired. But the embarrassing part… Read More

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Packers special teams coach Maurice Drayton gets harsh Wikipedia edits

Maurice Drayton talks with the media

The Green Bay Packers’ horrendous special teams unit cost them in their NFC Divisional Round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night, and that will almost certainly cost Maurice Drayton his job.

The Packers’ special teams had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown; a field goal blocked; and they allowed a long kickoff return to set up a field goal to start the third quarter. Oh yeah, they also had just 10 men on the field for the final play.

This wasn’t an anomaly either; multiple rankings had the Packers’ special teams as the worst in the league this season.

Drayton became so notorious after his units’ poor showing on Saturday night that fans began giving his Wikipedia page harsh edits.

I don’t know much, but I can tell you that there’s no way Drayton will still be employed as the Packers’ special teams coach come next season.

Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams, George Kittle limp off field late in 49ers’ win with leg injuries

Deebo Samuel limps

The San Francisco 49ers stunned the Green Bay Packers with a 13-10 win in their NFC Divisional Round game at Lambeau Field on Saturday night. But the win also cost them the health of some of their players.

Multi-positional star Deebo Samuel was seen limping off the field after rushing for a first down in the final minute to set up the Niners’ winning field goal.

As if that weren’t bad enough, FOX’s cameras showed tight end George Kittle limping late in the game too.

All-Pro tackle Trent Williams also got hurt in the game and went for X-rays afterwards.

Both Samuel and Williams were said to be dealing with ankle injuries.

The win sure felt great, and that’s what’s most important. But it won’t be easy for the Niners to have their best players hurt going into the NFC Championship Game.

Packers had inexcusable blunder on final play of loss to 49ers

Packers final play

The Green Bay Packers didn’t just completely blow it in their NFC Divisional Round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night. They embarrassed themselves with a beyond inexcusable error.

The Packers lost 13-10 when Robbie Gould made a 45-yard field goal to win the game as time expired. But the embarrassing part for the Packers was that they only had 10 men on the field for the play.

How is this even possible? Not only is this inexcusable in any circumstance, but it looks even worse considering they were coming out of a timeout!

Green Bay had a field goal blocked, a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown, and they allowed a long kickoff return to set up a field goal after halftime. Their special teams stunk and cost them the game.

Hawaii names legend Timmy Chang their new head coach

Timmy Chang in uniform

Hawaii’s reunion with June Jones as head coach was not to be, so they’ve turned to another player from the same era.

The Rainbows announced on Saturday that they have named Timmy Chang their new head coach.

Chang was a legendary quarterback for Hawaii from 2000-2004. He passed for 17,072 yards, 117 touchdowns and 80 interceptions during his record-setting career.

Chang is currently a wide receivers coach at Colorado State and is being promoted all the way to head coach. His statement on the subject showed just how pumped he is for the opportunity:

Chang, 40, has been involved in coaching since 2012. But he’s never previously served as a coordinator, so stepping all the way up to head coach is a big jump. Hawaii is hoping he will be up to the task. They’ve also turned around the public sentiment following their publicized conflict with June Jones.

Photo: Aug 02, 2006; Bethlehem, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Timmy Chang (9) during training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Rodriguez shown on TV at Packers game with new girlfriend?

Alex Rodriguez at the Packers game

Alex Rodriguez’s bosses at FOX seemed to do the former MVP a big favor on Saturday night.

A-Rod attended the NFC Divisional Round playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. During the fourth quarter of the game, FOX showed Rodriguez in the crowd having fun with a blonde.

Everyone quickly wondered who the mystery blonde was.

Rodriguez was recently linked to sports reporter Melanie Collins, but it was hard to tell in that weather whether that was Collins.

So, why was that a favor for Rodriguez?

A-Rod previously went through a highly-publicized breakup with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. She has since rebounded with Ben Affleck and scrubbed A-Rod from her social media profiles.

Rodriguez works as an MLB analyst for FOX, so maybe they did him a favor by showing him in front of millions of TV viewers having fun with a new girl at the game. That sure makes him look like he’s doing pretty well despite the breakup.

Evan McPherson had awesome quote before his winning kick

Evan McPherson waves

Evan McPherson was one of the heroes in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 19-16 playoff win over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. His mentality and confidence are big reasons for his success.

McPherson went 4/4 on field goals and 1/1 on extra points, making all five of his kicks in the Bengals’ win. He accounted for 13 of his team’s 19 points.

And according to Joe Burrow, McPherson knew he was going to make the biggest kick of all.

Burrow shared after the game that a few minutes before making the winning kick, McPherson told Bengals backup quarterback Brandon Allen that Cincinnati was headed to the AFC Championship Game.

That kind of confidence is awesome and exactly what a kicker needs. They need to approach a big kick knowing they’re going to make it. They can’t think about the pressure or have second thoughts, because that sort of thinking often throws off one’s mechanics and leads to mistakes.

The Bengals flexed on Twitter after their big win regarding McPherson. It sure looks like they knew what they were doing.

McPherson just needs to keep that confidence and not let it go.

Photo: Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (2) waves to fans during warmups prior to the game against the Las Vegas Raiders in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Vrabel not burying Ryan Tannehill despite bad game

Ryan Tannehill in a jersey

Ryan Tannehill played poorly and cost his Tennessee Titans in their Divisional Round playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. Despite his bad game, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is not going to bury his quarterback.

Tannehill threw three interceptions in his Titans’ 19-16 loss to the Bengals. The turnovers included a costly interception that led to Cincinnati’s winning field goal as time expired.

The fans may put the loss on Tannehill, but Vrabel wasn’t about to single out his quarterback.

“It’s never gonna be about one person as long as I’m the head coach, which will be a while,” Vrabel said.

That’s a nice comment from Vrabel, who is making it clear he intends to continue winning big in Tennessee. It’s also nice of him to stand by his quarterback despite the bad game.

Tannehill has led the Titans to three straight winning seasons and playoff appearances, including a conference championship game loss. He’s done more than enough to deserve the kind of loyalty from his coach that he received on Saturday.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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