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Pack boost playoff hopes despite ugly, penalty-filled victory

December 8, 2009 by  
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Dec 8, 2009
By Mike Freeman, CBS Sports

In the minutes before a game that would set back the sport of professional football 50 years, runner Ray Rice, trying to stay warm on a cold night, took a small ammonia capsule, normally utilized to wake unconscious people, put it under his nose and began inhaling the fumes. He sniffed. And sniffed. Then sniffed some more. All while bouncing up and down near a blowing heater and bundled in a heavy coat.

After this poorly played monstrosity of a contest, won by Green Bay 27-14, you didn’t need an ammonia capsule, you needed a stiff drink.

Tramon Williams mugs Ravens #4 WR Demetrius Williams in the end zone, one of many pass interference calls on the game

Tramon Williams mugs Ravens #4 WR Demetrius Williams in the end zone, one of many pass interference calls on the game

Because the only way to watch this one was stone, cold drunk, just so you could laugh at the spectacle of it all.

Let’s put it this way: The 310 combined penalty yards between Green Bay and Baltimore tied for second most in an NFL game. The Packers had 175 penalty yards, only 10 shy of a single-game franchise record.

That’s how stupendously bad this game was. An ice pick wasn’t needed for the 20-degree temperatures. An ice pick was needed to stab out your eyes.

Afterward, players and coaches from both teams seemed somewhat stunned over the large number of flags. Packers coach Mike McCarthy summed it up nicely: “The penalties were unbelievable for both sides.”

The NFL can’t allow Walt Anderson’s crew to go unscathed after one of the worst officiating performances in league history. There has to be disciplinary action, suspensions, flogging, something.

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