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#pounditSunday, January 24, 2021

Clay Matthews: Roughing the passer penalty was ‘unbelievable’

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The controversial roughing the passer penalty called late in the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday was all the talk among Packers fans afterwards.

Clay Matthews was called for roughing the passer with under two minutes remaining, wiping out an interception that likely would have sealed a 29-21 victory for the Packers.

Kirk Cousins took advantage of the extra opportunity and drove the Vikings down the field for a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime. The game ended up as a 29-29 tie.

After the game, Matthews seemed incredulous and called the penalty “unbelievable.”

So why did the referees deem it “roughing the passer”? Tony Corrente said it’s because Matthews lifted Cousins and drove him into the ground.

If that’s not a legal hit anymore, that’s a problem. The rules are making the game more and more difficult on defensive players to do their job — tackle opponents. This rule makes it so that quarterbacks are one step away from being untouchable. Fans were not happy with all the calls for the new rule in Week 1, and this is only making things worse.

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