Week 17 featured a momentous game for the Green Bay Packers as they hosted one of their NFC North rivals, Justin Jefferson and the Minnesota Vikings.
The game didn’t start out positively for the Vikings, who were hoping to keep up NFC Image Separator Seed number 2.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown by Darnell Savage. The Packers also scored on special teams, courtesy of Keisean Nixon’s kickoff that he took home.
But to add insult to injury, it was a rocky start for Jefferson, who appeared to hit the referee with his helmet after this play.
Vikings: Justin Jefferson was not penalized for accidental contact with the official
Until the play in question, Jefferson had not caught any assists in the game on just three goals. To add to the frustration, Packers linebacker Jair Alexander was feeling himself based on the performance he was in at that point against Jefferson.
Alexander even hit “the net” after he refused a pass to the star wide earlier in the game.
The Vikings would continue to see their kicker, Greg Joseph, miss a field goal just before halftime to continue their streak of bad luck. Green Bay, on the other hand, snuck a field goal before the break to only further ache Vikings fans.
On an afternoon as they watched the San Francisco 49ers lose to the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Philadelphia Eagles actually lost to the New Orleans Saints, this was a game the Vikings needed to see through.
Instead, the only thing swinging was Justin Jefferson’s helmet, and directly to the back of the officiant. Now Packers fans have something else to laugh about.