There were several questionable calls that went the Packers way in their Thanksgiving day game against the Lions. This pass interference call on the lions Brandon McDonald was the most blatant bad call of the day, and also arguably the most costly for the Lions. After Matt Stafford’s first interception of the day the Packers had a first and ten from the Lions 13 yard line. Aaron Rodgers slightly underthrew a pass to Greg Jennings in the back right corner of the endzone. Because the ball was underthrown, Jennings had to come back to get it and initiated contact with cornerback Brandon McDonald. Instead of a no-call or offensive pass interference call, officials flagged McDonald, giving the Packers a first and goal from the two. the Two plays later Aaron Rodgers threw his first touchdown of the day to receiver Greg Jennings. In fact throughout the game (and season) it seemes like officials were making questionable calls in the Packers’ favor.
It is also interesting to note that while Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was immediately ejected (and rightly so) after stepping on Packers’ lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was NOT ejected in the season opener when he punched a player in clear view of officials. I said in a post at the time that not ejecting Woodson was showing clear favoritism towards the defending Super Bowl champion Packers. The fact that Suh was ejected immediately and will likely be suspended for his actions, further proves the NFL’s double standard when dealing with certain players and teams.
You can see the questionable Pass interference call on the NFL’s site. The play is at the :30 second mark. Let us know what you think of this and any other bad calls from the Thanksgiving day games in the comments.