|Greg Jennings can blame officials for the Packers loss to the Seahawks, but he can't blame them for his play. (Getty Images)|
In the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 14-12 loss Monday night at Seattle, WR Greg Jennings was running a route toward the end zone when he was blindsided by Seahawks CB Brandon Browner. Jennings was knocked completely to the ground, but no flag was thrown.
Jennings, usually one of the most composed players on the team, charged Browner furiously and speared him.
The two players wrestled on the ground, with the 6-foot-4 Browner pinning Jennings beneath him. Flags were thrown on both players for unsportsmanlike conduct, which resulted in offsetting penalties -- two of the 24 fouls called in the game, including 10 on the Packers.
“It's football, guys get a little frustrated,” Jennings said. “Obviously, I got a little frustrated, a little hot. It is what it is. I let my emotions get the best of me, which I shouldn't have.
After the game, Jennings said Browner apologized to him and explained that Rodgers was out of the pocket with the ball so defenders could make contact with offensive players.
Jennings, who was questionable coming into the game because of a groin injury suffered in the season opener, started but never quite looked like himself. Omnipresent in Old Spice television advertisements during game stoppages, Jennings wasn't as visible on the field. After a first-half incompletion, he briefly took himself out, and he didn't show the quickness and after-the-catch elusiveness that defines his game. Jennings finished with six catches for 35 yards, with a long reception of just 13 yards.
He also got in on the discussion of the final, controversial play, the Seahawks Hail Mary pass that appeared to be intercepted but was ruled a touchdown. Jennings took a sarcastic, not-so-subtle approach to commenting on the officiating.
“The refs did a great job,” he said. “Hey, I can't get fined if I'm saying the refs did a great job. They're going to call the game and whatever's called, we have to respond to it and show resolve and bounce back. Quite honestly, the league has a lot to look at. Like I said, Roger [Goodell, NFL Commissioner], the refs did a great job. Please don't send an envelope to my locker. Appreciate it."
Like several of his teammates, Jennings later took to Twitter to voice his true feelings. He tweeted, “C'MON MAN! Can't even be upset anymore. All I can do is laugh. Laugh at the #NFL for allowing America's game to come this. WOW!”