But officials saw it differently, calling roughing the passer on Matthews. Matthews' penalty on a 4th-down stop late last week could have cost the Packers the win. This time, Matthews won't do that. And while the emphasis partly a reaction to Rodgers' broken collarbone past year, the Packers own defense was the guiltiest party in Week 1, drawing 3 calls (Nick Perry, Muhammad Wilkerson, Clay Matthews). "At the same time, I don't know what else to do". You tell me. Did I put pressure on him? I thought I hit him in his waist, chest. And to call it at that point in the game is just unbelievable. This week, that's unbelievable.
We know you've got thoughts on that insane game. "Obviously let my team down, I give credit to them, they fought back again and again.it's disappointing to me".
"I am exhausted and I don't know what to feel after a tie...it's a unique place to be and I'm proud of the way the whole team [.] stayed in it and fought".
"You see how it changed the game", Matthews said. "It took so many people to get us down there and I thought it was good for our offense to get there". So I don't know.
Following an impressive drive from Kirk Cousins, Minnesota had the chance to improve to 2-0, as the fate of the game relied on the right foot of Daniel Carlson. Sadly, the game ended in a 29-29 tie after neither team could win the game in overtime and any divisional tiebreaker between the two teams will now rest on the Week 12 head-to-head matchup if they end the regular season with identical records. But frustrating to allow a call - when I felt like I did the right thing - it influenced the game.
Referee Tony Corrente told ESPN that Mathews was flagged for driving Cousins into the ground, and that his use of his body weight was not considered.
One of the changes this season is that the National Football League prohibits landing on a quarterback with all or most of a player's body weight. "It has nothing to do with helmet to helmet".
You be the judge.
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From our vantage point - and seemingly that of countless others watching on television - it didn't appear that Matthews' hit on Cousins was malicious or a case of driving the quarterback into the ground.
By now, you probably know what happened next.
With 36 seconds left, the Vikings needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game against the Packers on Sunday.
According to Packers.com, Green Bay has a 9-3-1 mark (.731) against the Vikings (including playoffs) at Lambeau Field under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game-winner from 52 went wide left as time expired in regulation. Crosby drilled the kick, but a well-timed timeout by the Vikings negated the make.
The Packers broke a 7-all tie when Rodgers zipped a short out to Adams inside the 5, and Adams broke back inside to beat two defenders to the endzone and his second Lambeau Leap of the season.
After the game, Matthews was heated.
But Corrente said the new rule didn't play a part in that Matthews play. Until that point, the Packers had put together the kind of complete performance needed to support Rodgers, who got hurt in Green Bay's opening victory against Chicago.