8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2003
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- It looked so perfect for Green Bay. Snow falling. Packers in green and gold. Lambeau Field in January.Only it wasn't Brett Favre making all the plays.
Brett Favre suffered his first-ever loss at home in the playoffs Saturday at snowy Lambeau.
|Sherman, officials disagree|
|GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Why Mike Sherman didn't challenge a crucial call in Green Bay's 27-7 playoff loss to Atlanta remains a mystery. Sherman said he was told by an official he couldn't review the call, and referee Bernie Kukar said the Packers' coach never asked the crew about it. "I talked to an official on the field. He led me to believe that it wouldn't be reviewable,'' Sherman said flatly. "Nobody from this crew told him that,'' Kukar insisted. The disputed play came in the second quarter with Green Bay trailing 14-0. Atlanta's Kevin McCadam pushed Tyrone Williams into Green Bay punt returner Eric Metcalf, and Falcons fullback George Layne recovered the muffed punt at the Packers 21. Four plays later, the Falcons made it 21-0 when T.J. Duckett carried the pile 6 yards into the end zone as a shocked Sherman crouched on the sideline. Had Sherman challenged the call, Green Bay would almost assuredly have gotten possession and dodged a major bullet because television replays clearly showed the punted ball clearly bounced off McCadam's left shoulder. "The ruling was that the ball had touched the Green Bay player first and then it was recovered by Atlanta,'' Kukar said. Kukar said a review should have been granted if Sherman wanted one. "Yes, the touching of a kick is a reviewable situation,'' Kukar said. Kukar said the only discussion on the field about the play was among the officials and didn't include Sherman, who never buzzed the officials or threw his red flag to signal his intention to dispute the call. Sherman insisted a member of the officiating crew told him he couldn't challenge the call, although he couldn't remember a number or name.-- Associated Press|
The Falcons' victory was their first in the playoffs since they upset Minnesota in the 1998 NFC title game. ... Packers NT Gilbert Brown injured a hip. ... The Falcons had no injuries of note.