Matthews miffed over crucial roughing penalty

Matthews miffed over crucial roughing penalty”

Daniel Carlson could be a key for the Vikings because he's a kicker, and could be a key every game.

Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a score.

After Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted Kirk Cousins the fourth quarter, the Packers had the ball at first and 10 at the Vikings' 13-yard line with 2:04 remaining. Cousins brought the Vikings back by throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Diggs early in the fourth quarter, a 75-yard TD pass to Diggs with 7:18 left in regulation and then the last-minute TD to Thielen. Diggs caught 9 passes for 128 yards.

But in Week 2, Matthews applied what appeared to be a textbook hit on Cousins at the end of a pass that was intercepted by Packers CB Jaire Alexander, which should've preserved Green Bay's 29-21 victory. "I'm exhausted and I don't know what to feel after a tie", Cousins said.

"I have so many emotions kind of running through as far as what a awful call it was", Matthews told reporters. If there was somebody on our team who I know that can mentally and emotionally handle it, it's DC.

Referee Tony Corrente told ESPN that Matthews was penalized for lifting and driving Cousins to the ground. "It took so many people to get us down there and I thought it was good for our offense to get there".

Packers square up against Vikings on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers expected to play

The thing is, Matthews was right: The Packers had opportunities to win the game.

Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards and a touchdown that afternoon to help the Packers tie the game.

But he was able to move around enough to scramble out of trouble on occasion.

The most effective unit for the Packers defense on the day was the interior linemen.

Last Monday, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was called for a late roughing the passer penalty against the Bears' Mitchell Trubisky that could've cost Green Bay its 24-23 win.

The Vikings got the ball first and had two chances to put away the Packers. They're gonna say, you know. It was Carlson's third miss in three attempts - and his second miss in overtime. "But I think, you know, it's going to be a lovely day Sunday, great weather ... natural grass, a great environment".

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