Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers escaped with a 21-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons but all anyone could talk about post-game was a controversial roughing the passer call.
Leading 13-0 at hafltime and later 21-0 in the third quarter, Tampa Bay looked to be cruising to victory before Atlanta rallied late to set up a thrilling finish.
A crucial call though saw Grady Jarrett pinged for what looked to a pretty standard tackle on Buccaneers quarterback Brady.
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It meant that what should have been a punt for Tampa Bay instead saw the Bucs run down the clock and in the end claim the win.
Falcons coach Arthur Smith was furious but refused to weigh into the call post-game, telling reporters: “I’m not going to get into that. I haven’t seen the film.”
Plenty of pundits on social media were happy to do just that for Smith though, calling the decision out.
TROUBLE FOR PACKERS AFTER SHOCK LOSS
There is trouble in Green Bay after the Packers slumped to a shock 27-22 loss to the Giants in London to open the NFL’s Week 5 action on Monday.
New York quarterback Daniel Jones was gutting through more than just an ankle injury during the Giants’ thrilling comeback win.
The Giants starting quarterback had a gash on his right hand in the fourth quarter, and NFL Network cameras showed blood streaming on the back of Jones’ throwing hand. He sported a bandage on the hand as he spoke to reporters after the game.
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It did not stop Jones from leading a 15-play, 91-yard drive that ended with Gary Brightwell scoring a 2-yard touchdown with 10:08 remaining in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 20-20.
The Giants, who improved to 4-1 with the win, trailed 17-3 in the first half and were behind 20-10 at halftime. But they kept the Packers’ offence off the board in the second half, allowing only a designed safety on a clock-killing play with 11 seconds remaining.
Jones suffered an ankle injury during last Sunday’s win over the Bears that seemed like it could keep him out this week, but it did not keep him from practicing and he healed well enough to play the entire game against Green Bay.
Saquon Barkley returned from a brief injury break and put the Giants ahead with 6:08 left in the game, taking a direct snap in for a 2-yard rushing touchdown.
Jones completed 21 of 27 passes for 217 yards, while also rushing 10 times for 37 yards. He did not have a touchdown but did not turn the ball over and was sacked just once.
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“We’ve always had confidence in our group. We believe in ourselves, but how other people view us, I don’t think we are concerned with that,” Jones told reporters.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, rued a host of missed opportunities post-game.
“We could have started a little faster [in the second half],” he said.
“I think I missed [Romeo Doubs] in the first drive for a big one. Then we had some opportunities in the second half. I probably could have chosen Cobby there on the last play and had a higher-percentage throw.
“Those two drives hurt us. We had a decent drive to get down there, first drive of the second half, then a sack on third down. Then a three-and-out with two opportunities to make plays on the next drive. By the time we knew it, we were down seven.”
Running back Aaron Jones though appeared to criticise the playcalling post-game after the Packers passed on key possessions in the latter stages of the game.
“I’d put my money on giving me or AJ Dillon two downs to get two yards,” he said.
For context, Jones and Dillon combined for 19 carries in the game while Rodgers had 39 passes.
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ALLEN’S INCREDIBLE DAY AS ‘FILTHY’ HIT SPARKS ‘CHAOS’
While the Packers hardly look like Super Bowl contenders, the same can’t be said for the Buffalo Bills.
Quarterback Josh Allen put on an absolute show in the first half, throwing for a whopping 370 yards and four touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Allen set the tone early with a 98-yard bomb for wide receiver Gabriel Davis in the opening minutes of the game after a dropped kickoff return.
Allen then connected with Davis again in the second quarter with a 62-yard pass as Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett had a tough initiation in his first career start.
That continued in the third quarter when Pickett was floored by a controversial hit from Damar Hamlin, sparking a melee between both sides.
The refs ruled the contact to be legal, although the reaction of Pickett’s Pittsburgh’s teammates certainly suggested otherwise.
Pickett then took exception to a tackle at the legs from Shaq Lawson, sparking even more drama.
SCARY SCENES AS INJURIES PILE UP
There were plenty of injury concerns to come out of Monday’s action too, headlined by Miami losing another quarterback.
With Tua Tagovailoa already sidelined following his ugly concussion the week prior, fill-in Teddy Bridgewater was then ruled out early in the Dolphins’ game against the Jets due to concussion protocol.
Rookie Saints wide receiver Chris Olave and Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth were also ruled out due to concussion.
New England and Seattle then lost running backs Damien Harris (hamstring) and Rashaad Penny (knee).
In worrying scenes, Lions cornerback Saivion Smith suffered what the team said was a neck injury before being placed on a stretcher and then taken off the field in an ambulance early in their game against the Patriots in Foxborough.
The Lions said Smith, 24, was being taken to a local hospital.
Smith suffered the injury during a Hunter Henry 23-yard reception. At the beginning of the play, the Patriots tight end bumped Smith right at the line of scrimmage, appearing to make contact with Smith’s head with his right shoulder before Smith fell down, which gave Henry the room to make the catch and run.
Before the ambulance left the field, Gillette Stadium security staff allowed Smith’s father, who was attending the game, to join him in the ambulance.
The Fox broadcast said Smith has movement in his extremities.
Smith went undrafted out of Alabama in 2019 before being signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was on the Cowboys’ COVID reserve list in 2020 and elevated to the active roster for four games that season. Smith bounced around practice squads before being claimed off of waivers by the Lions in December of last year.
WEEK 5 RESULTS
Broncos 9 Colts 12
Packers 22 Giants 27
Patriots 29 Lions 0
Browns 28 Chargers 30
Jaguars 6 Texans 13
Buccaneers 21 Falcons 15
Bills 38 Steelers 3
Jets 40 Dolphins 17
Vikings 29 Bears 22
Commanders 17 Titans 21
Saints 39 Seahawks 32