The Packers fell short in their season opener against the 49ers on Sunday. The San Francisco defense was stout, keeping Aaron Rodgers guessing and Green Bay out of the end zone enough to hold on for a week one victory. One of the story lines of the game, the replacement refs, a component the players cannot control.
"Some of the plays were definitely a little bizarre", Aaron Rodgers said.
The replacement refs called a total of 18 penalties in the game.
"I think there were calls on both sides that were interesting. Couple of the plays were either no calls that should have been calls or not the correct call", Rodgers went on to say.
Mike McCarthy weighed in, "Obviously there were discussions on the sidelines between myself and the officials more than so today than ever but that's part of the game we're in right now".
Some of the plays went in the Packers favor. The refs missed Packers linebacker Terrell Manning's block in the back during Randall Cobb's 75 yard punt return. There were also some back breakers for the green and gold. The 49ers had two second quarter scoring drives extended by penalties on failed third-down conversions.
We're frustrated a little bit but I look at a couple of the drives that they had where we thought we would have gotten off the field and there were some calls made", Charles Woodson said. "We still have to play, we still gotta stop a team from going eight plus yards or whaterver it is, so forget about the referees, it's up to us to stop a team from driving the length of the field."
Woodson's teammates also took the high road. There may be frustration with the refs, but the Packers weren't looking to pass the blame.
"Regardless of refs whatever they beat us, the Niners did, not the refs", A.J. Hawk said.
"The only thing we can do is play cause we don't know what the referees are seeing and we don't know how they're judging so it's not our job to make judgment calls only thing we can do is just play", Morgan Burnett weighed in.