The Green Bay Packers were quite irritated with Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt following a Week 12 Sunday Night Football loss.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy was adamant after the game that Watt clearly caught quarterback Brett Hundley with a helmet-to-helmet shot. The NFL doesn’t believe that Watt did anything wrong because he was not flagged during the game, nor was he fined for it later, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Terrific play late in the game by T.J. Watt to sack Brett Hundley after starting out in coverage, but we'll have to wait and see what the NFL says about the helmet-to-helmet contact. #Packers #Steelers pic.twitter.com/asX8BKoIMJ
— Mike Cianciolo (@MikeCianciolo) November 27, 2017
The Packers ended up going three-and-out on that drive, and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown made two spectacular plays to put his team in position for a game-winning field goal that would give them a 31-28 victory.
McCarthy and the Packers have reason to be upset with that play. It’s pretty clear that Watt hit Hundley in the head, and a penalty on that play would’ve given the Packers a real chance to win the best game they have played as a team in weeks.
However, the question becomes, was Hundley a runner on that play? It’s pretty clear that he was on the move, even though the only reason that he took off was to avoid a different Steelers’ pass rusher.
Just because the Packers have good reason to be upset with the call, that maybe Aaron Rodgers would have gotten had he been on the field, does not mean that the referees and the league did anything wrong.