The Green Bay Packers tried hard to pull off the upset against the New England Patriots last night, but they came up short. They may have done it, though, had it not been for these few moments. Here are the three plays that sealed the Packers' loss to the Patriots.
3. Aaron Jones' Fumble
It was all square at 17 late in the third quarter, and it was anybody's game. That is, until Packers running back Aaron Jones fumbled, and New England recovered. This led to a touchdown drive capped off by James White's 1-yard run, and put the Patriots in the lead for good.
2. Terrible Defense on Josh Gordon TD
If the Jones fumble and ensuing TD put the Pack in trouble, they completely did themselves in on the next drive, when terrible defense led to Josh Gordon's 55-yard catch and run TD. It's like the entire defensive unit got together and decided to simultaneously forget how to tackle. Absolutely brutal.
1. Jermaine Whitehead's Awful Ejection
The Packers' fate may have been sealed long before either of those plays, however. Back in the second quarter, the refs made the ludicrous decision to eject Green Bay safety Jermaine Whitehead for what amounted to a love tap on Patriots center David Andrews. With Whitehead out and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in Washington, the Pack were seriously shorthanded at safety for the rest of the game -- though given how poorly Ha Ha played against Atlanta yesterday, it's unlikely his presence would've helped much.