Let’s set the scene: Green Bay leads the Saints 28-27 after Aaron Rodgers’ 4th TD of the day, scored with 7:05 remaining in the game. Green Bay kicks off to New Orleans’ Darren Sproles.
New Orleans then drove down the field for a 43-yard field goal. HOWEVER, a Saints holding penalty meant that he had to re-kick, and kicker Garrett Hartley pushed the ensuing 48-yarder wide with just under three minutes remaining. Considering how well Aaron Rodgers played the rest of the day, there’s a good chance that the Packers would’ve been able to put together a comeback drive to win. But they didn’t have to. And we all learned an important lesson: the real refs handle the games faster, more smoothly, and more consistently than the replacement refs did, but they’re still far from perfect.