“Everyone Was Calling Him A Hypocrite”: Pat McAfee Breaks Down Aaron Rodgers’ Controversial Jumbotron Comment After Huge Victory Over Tom Brady At Tampa Bay

Published 09/27/2022, 10:30 AM EDT
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks on. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

The Green Bay Packers vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a thrilling game right to the very end. Evenly matched, both teams play tough as the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers manage to edge out a 14-12 victory. But what Rodgers said after the matchup generated a lot of buzz.

Bucs took the early lead with a 45-yard field goal. The Packers then went ahead after rookie Romeo Doubs scored a touchdown. Allen Lazard then doubled down for his team by scoring yet another touchdown in the 2nd quarter, and Green Bay would score no more after this. The game is set to be an uphill climb for the Bucs, and a difficult one it was. But Ultimately, the Green and Gold side won the bout.

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Aaron Rodgers’ slim win because of an error by the Jumbotron operator?

After the matchup, when Rodgers was asked about his thoughts during the 2-point conversion attempt, he said, “Well, they showed it on the previous play, too. It was a delay on both plays. Sometimes you see things in the game. Sometimes the Jumbotron shows things they probably shouldn’t show, even at home. I saw something, (and) I just passed on the information.”

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Sports analyst and former Indianapolis Colts kicker Pat McAfee took to his podcast to discuss what Rodgers might have meant in his post-match statement. 

“What do you think he’s seen on the Jumbotron that made him relay a message in? Because he talked about how the delay of (the) game on two-point conversion had happened on the play before, as well should have happened multiple times, and everybody on the Internet thought that he was referring to the delay of (the) game.” Said McAfee. “And everybody was calling him a hypocrite because he is known to run the play clock down pretty low before getting a snapped because he wants to read everything just like Tom Brady does the exact same. I don’t think he was talking about that.” He added.

What was on the Jumbotron that turned the game on its head?

What Rodgers might have been referring to is the Jumbotron showing Brady’s late snap in the last touchdown. Rodgers probably noticed it and protested to the officials. But the officials did not penalize Brady. Nor did they not overturn the touchdown, even though the snap occurred after the clock had run down. 

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But now, the officials were alert and ready. And when Brady does the same thing again at the two-point conversion from 2 yards, the Bucs get a 5-yard penalty for a delay-of-game and have to attempt their conversion from 7 yards, which they fail to. 

Sep 25, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

McAfee and his co-hosts make fun of how the Jumbotron operator had a nice career. Indicating that they predict the Bucs will fire the operator from their job. If Tom Brady hasn’t taken their head off yet, that is. 

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The possibility of using technology to gain an advantage is not a new thing. But surely the NFL will be keeping an eye on how unfair this can become. And it will be interesting to see how many more incidents like this pop up every now and again.

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Arjun Sukumaran

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Arjun Sukumaran is an NFL author at Essentially Sports. A Mechanical Engineering graduate, his debating stints and voyages into research have become a part of his everyday life. Arjun loves cheeseburgers and is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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