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Adrian Peterson didn't think that was a face mask penalty (and other social reaction to the Packers' crazy win)
The Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, well, it had a finish.
Aaron Rodgers hit Richard Rodgers for a 61-yard Hail Mary touchdown with zeroes on the clock, one play after a controversial face mask penalty extended the game after time had expired.
Oh, there was some social media reaction from the sports and celebrity world. Adrian Peterson, whose Minnesota Vikings would have benefited greatly from a Packers loss, shared his thoughts (and corrected his heat-of-the-moment mistake):
Lol, i'm sorry but a thumb hitting the face mask isn't pass interference! Heck of a play =— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 4, 2015
I mean face-mask— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 4, 2015
= Why all the hate, a brother can't speak his mind?! Guess what?! I forgive & love you still!— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 4, 2015
A certain celebrity fan of the Green Bay Packers wasn't really bothered by the call:
I just lost my voice =š=›=š=1=š=›=1=1=1=1=1=1=1=1=1=M=J=O=O=O— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) December 4, 2015
Two former Wisconsin basketball teammates were at odds over the call: the Houston Rockets' Sam Dekker, a Wisconsiner and Packers fan, and the Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky, a Chicagoland native and Chicago Bears fan:
I lost hope for a sec. was before the flag for face mask https://t.co/cuwGnaLMlp— Sam Dekker (@dekker) December 4, 2015
Yea... "Facemask" https://t.co/Mu5l5p0OxE— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) December 4, 2015
Just in case all the people tweeting at me want to come back from LaLa Land and join the real world https://t.co/u3WRaLwq0U— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) December 4, 2015
With all that being said I think Rodgers is the only QB that can make that last play. Unreal sequence.— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) December 4, 2015
Others also didn't agree with the call, whether or not they were happy about it:
Definitely a phantom facemask. #GBvsDET— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) December 4, 2015
Wow that was ridiculous!!!!! Justice serve for that no call on the PI!!!! #GopackGo— NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) December 4, 2015
Then there were the Lions fans:
Life of a Lions fan. #hailmary— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) December 4, 2015
Speechless #Lions— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) December 4, 2015
As a Lions fan this happens all the time. U get use to it after awhile......— Jason Richardson (@jrich23) December 4, 2015
And let's not forget the other Packers fans and/or people who were just blown away by the whole thing:
Go Pack go!!— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) December 4, 2015
The last two plays in that packers lions game ... Wow.. Just wow.. Thoughts?— Wale-Roof Whisperer (@Wale) December 4, 2015
Haha what!? Wow...— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) December 4, 2015
Wow!!!— Justin Forsett (@JForsett) December 4, 2015
Wow!— Skylar Diggins (@SkyDigg4) December 4, 2015
It must be frustrating as a superstar athlete to be stuck on a bad team. You might put up stellar statistics and dominate every game, but your best efforts are buried as the rest of your team gets run over. That has been Adrian Peterson's life for much of his NFL career, and although he doesn't want to go to another team, he says he would understand if the Vikings decided to trade him for draft picks. It might not be a bad idea for Minnesota. Its 2-7 record means its playoff hopes this season are pretty much nil, and a fresh start could do wonders for both sides.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Peterson's injury a big deal?
Quarterback carousel aside, another thing appears to be plaguing the Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson's hamstring, which he says has been ailing him for more than a month. The reigning MVP and 2,000-yard rusher doesn't expect to miss time, but he seems to have been slowed by the whole thing (just 511 rushing yards in seven games). Will he bounce back? Is a top ball carrier even that critical in today's NFL?