M.D. Jennings’ first NFL interception was the game-winning touchdown for Seattle.
The Green Bay Packers’ second-year safety is practically a household name after the officiating debacle at Seattle on Monday night that robbed the Packers of a victory.
Life’s been “real crazy” he said on Wednesday. Wherever he turns, there’s the replay, which only confirms what he’s believed all along.
“I still think I caught the ball,” he said. “I feel anyone who actually watched the play can see I had the ball.”
Jennings said he’s seen the replay “close to 50” times. Nothing, however, compares to fighting Golden Tate for the ball and seeing one of the officials signal a touchdown.
“It really didn’t bother me because I felt like they would review the play and overturn it,” Jennings said.
And when the officials didn’t overturn the ruling?
“I was real shocked at that point, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Perhaps, if Jennings had deflected the ball out of harm’s way instead of going for the interception, the Packers would have won the game. However, he said the coaches’ only comment was simply to go up and “make a play” on the ball. If put in the same position again, Jennings said he wouldn’t have played it any differently.
"The biggest thing is just judging the flight of the ball,” Jennings said. “That helps determine, can I go up and get it at its highest point or do I need to just bat it down? You see people around the league, they’re there to bat it down and somebody catches it off the tip-off. You seen it in the Titans’ game. Either way it goes, if I bat it to someone else, people would be saying, ‘Catch it.’ Either way it goes, someone is going to second-guess it."
Packers injury report
Did not participate: S Sean Richardson (hamstring). Limited: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee); CB Davon House (shoulder); WR Greg Jennings (groin); LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle); DE Jerel Worthy (shoulder). Full: TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder); RB James Starks (toe).
Crabtree was held out of the Seattle game in hopes of putting his shoulder issue behind him. “I kind of reinjured it in the game on Thursday (against Chicago), so it’s going to end up having been almost two weeks of rest without really hitting it or testing it out. From what I felt today, it feels 100 times better than it did the Chicago game.”
House, meanwhile, said he’s “closer than ever” to getting back on the field for the first time since the preseason opener. House probably would have been the No. 2 corner if not for the injury. In his absence, Sam Shields and rookie Casey Hayward have played well, so House might be a man without a role.
“I don’t think it hurt at all today, and I was actually trying to throw our receivers around and using my shoulder a lot,” House said. “So, hopefully, Joe (Whitt, the cornerbacks coach) and them will like what they see on tape. At the same time, if Joe and them don’t like what they see, then I’ll be held back another week.”
Saints injury report
Did not participate: LB Jonathan Casillas (neck); LB David Hawthorne (hamstring); DE Turk McBride (ankle).
— A.J. Hawk, on his reaction to the referees entering the locker room after Monday’s loss: “When I saw the refs come back in, I thought they were going to tell us we won the game, honestly, but they were saying we had to get back on the field (for the extra point). That was obviously a weird moment for everybody. I think it was pretty tense for those refs. they didn’t feel super-comfortable in there.”
— Drew Brees, on if the winless Saints miss suspended coach Sean Payton: “Of course we miss him but there’s nothing we can do about it. We are perfectly competent and capable with the guys that we have as coaches and players to right the ship. That’s what we’re worried about and focused on.”
— No Packers players were fined for their critical comments of the replacement officials and the league. “I didn’t know what stance they were going to take on that, but I was prepared either way,” guard Josh Sitton said. “I’m glad they didn’t, obviously. Keeps a little extra money in my pocket.”
— According to reports, the NFL has struck an accord with its locked-out referees. The “real” officials will be working this week’s games, including Thursday night.
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