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Go Figure: Packers weren't only NFC North team hurt by refs

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Lions, NFC, Packers, Adrian Peterson, Cedric Griffin Updated: September 25, 2012 - 2:39 PM
As the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s Week 4 game with Detroit at Ford Field, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts ...
 
14-12
 
Final score of Monday night’s Seahawks-Packers game, won by Seattle on the final play of regulation thanks to a 24-yard “touchdown pass” from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate. In case you hadn’t heard, that controversial play has caused just a little bit of outrage with the replacement refs blowing a call and costing Green Bay a win. And yeah, technically that play had little to do with the Vikings or Lions. But it did leave the Vikings tied with only Chicago atop the NFC North at 2-1 while the Green Bay and Detroit are both 1-2.
 
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12
 
Yards awarded to the Vikings after a third-quarter unnecessary roughness penalty against San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson on Sunday. Technically, the flag, which came on a first-and-10 Vikings play from the 49ers 26, was supposed to be a half-the distance-to-the-goal penalty. But the officials did their math wrong and marked off only 12 yards instead of 13. In the big picture, the Vikings weren’t impacted by the blunder, still managing to score a touchdown on the series. As for the officiating crew’s erroneous move to award 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh with timeouts and challenges that he didn’t have late in the game? Well, that was much more inexplicable.
 
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27

Yards awarded to the Titans on Sunday in overtime following a personal foul penalty against Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch. The flag came on a 24-yard Jake Locker to Craig Stevens completion that took Tennessee from its own 44 to the Lions 32. But then that completion was reviewed and overturned as incomplete. Yet instead of marching off Tulloch’s 15-yard penalty from the Titans 44 (the original line of scrimmage), officials marked the penalty from the Detroit 44, moving Tennessee to the 29. Seven snaps later, Rob Bironas kicked a go-ahead 29-yard field goal. The Titans won 44-41.

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137
 
Receiving yards by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson in two games against the Vikings last year. Johnson had 10 catches and two touchdowns in the two Lions wins. In three games so far this season, he ranks third in the NFL in catches (24) and tops in receiving yards (369). In nine career games against the Vikings, he’s averaged five catches and 64 yards with six total TDs.
 
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4.0
 
Yards per carry amassed so far this season by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The 49ers held Peterson to 3 yards or less on 16 of his 25 carries Sunday. The Vikings star has two 20-yard runs this season – one against San Francisco and another against Jacksonville. But he has only one other run longer than 15 yards. Peterson’s lowest per carry average for a single season is 4.4 yards, back in 2009. 
 
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44
 
Points allowed by Detroit in Sunday’s overtime loss in Tennessee. The Lions have surrendered 94 points this season, fifth most in the league. The Titans scored in all sorts of ways Sunday. They had a 65-yard punt return score from Tommie Campbell on a trick play. They added a 105-yard kickoff return from Darius Reynaud. Alterraun Verner chipped in with a 72-yard fumble return touchdown. Jake Locker threw TD passes of 61 and 71 yards. And Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, including the game-winner from 26 yards out in overtime.
 
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Interceptions by the Vikings so far this season. Rookie Josh Robinson finally registered the defense’s first pick in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s upset of San Francisco. That snapped a drought dating back to last season in which the Vikings had gone more than 11 quarters without a pick as opposing quarterbacks went 67-for-103 for 666 yards and five touchdowns. The Vikings’ previous interception was made by Cedric Griffin late in the 2011 season finale. Dating back to last season, the Vikings have three interceptions in their past 14 games.
 
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0
 
Interceptions thrown by Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder so far this season. Ponder is one of three starting quarterbacks who have yet to be picked off. The others: Arizona’s Kevin Kolb and Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert. Ponder’s last interception came in the second quarter of Week 17 last season when Chicago’s Charles Tillman delivered a pick six. He has since gone 68-for-98 for 713 yards and four touchdowns.

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Tennessee 13 FINAL
Jacksonville 21
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
New York 97 FINAL
Chicago 103
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Houston 90
Milwaukee 108 FINAL
Sacramento 107
Oklahoma City 109 FINAL
Golden State 114
Florida 2 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 1
Colorado 0 FINAL(OT)
Pittsburgh 1
Toronto 1 FINAL
Carolina 4
Washington 5 FINAL(OT)
Columbus 4
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Montreal 1
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Los Angeles 6
Edmonton 3 FINAL
San Jose 4
St Thomas (TX) 61 FINAL
Rice 72
Stony Brook 59 FINAL
Canisius 60
Temple 82 FINAL
Delaware 62
FIU 58 FINAL
Long Island 69
Lehigh 65 FINAL
Quinnipiac 80
South Alabama 54 FINAL
Richmond 65
Seton Hall 89 FINAL
South Florida 69
Ga Southern 76 FINAL
Stetson 67
Yale 57 FINAL
Vermont 56
Cleveland State 54 FINAL
Virginia 70
Wright State 69 FINAL
Western Carolina 56
Nicholls 54 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 79
Morgan State 48 FINAL
Rider 62
Idaho State 72 FINAL
South Dakota St 75
Oakland City 52 FINAL
Austin Peay 76
Eureka 38 FINAL
Bradley 80
Appalachian St 65 FINAL
Charlotte 75
Connecticut 56 FINAL
Duke 66
Southern Miss 46 FINAL
Jackson State 66
Coastal Carolina 68 FINAL
Ole Miss 71
Montana State 53 FINAL
South Dakota 55
LSU 79 FINAL
UAB 70
Ohio 69 FINAL
Evansville 81
CS-Dominguez 50 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 72
Walla Walla 39 FINAL
Idaho 86
DePaul 59 FINAL
Oregon State 90
Nevada 65 FINAL
Pacific 69
Portland State 40 FINAL
San Francisco 77
CS-Bakersfield 56 FINAL
Utah State 57
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Niagara 76 FINAL
Cleveland State 58
High Point 59 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 81
Towson 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 74
Presbyterian 50 FINAL
Charlotte 66
Chicago State 62 FINAL
Bradley 59
Northwestern Coll 58 FINAL
Drake 102
Vanderbilt 67 FINAL
Marquette 80
Temple 78 FINAL
Howard 48
Southern Miss 66 FINAL
Ole Miss 68
UMBC 55 FINAL
Rider 67
Miami-Florida 74 FINAL
UCLA 67
St Mary-KS 51 FINAL
South Dakota 115
William & Mary 71 FINAL
Wofford 51
Troy 82 FINAL
Evansville 94
Loyola Marymount 54 FINAL
USC 96
St Francis-PA 52 FINAL
Duquesne 92
Indiana-Southeast 45 FINAL
IUPUI 95
Delaware State 52 FINAL
Detroit 74
Tenn Temple 48 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 68
West Virginia St 58 FINAL
Radford 52
Fairfield 47 FINAL
Seton Hall 79
Dartmouth 44 FINAL
New Hampshire 60
Ball State 47 FINAL
Pittsburgh 59
Jacksonville 61 FINAL
Tennessee St 64
Trine 45 FINAL
Western Mich 81
Tenn Tech 53 FINAL
Lipscomb 72
Samford 56 FINAL
Tulane 57
New Orleans 55 FINAL
Tulsa 78
Incarnate Word 61 FINAL
TX-Pan American 65
Ark-Little Rock 42 FINAL
South Dakota St 67
CS-Northridge 77 FINAL
Northern Ariz 71
Santa Clara 88 FINAL
Oregon 92
(19) Oklahoma St 55 FINAL
Weber State 49
Washington 69 FINAL
San Diego State 48
Cal Poly 68 FINAL
New Mexico 84
(10) Louisville 65 FINAL
Grand Canyon 51
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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