The craziness in the NFC divisional round match up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers was not confined to the actual plays of the game, as both sides witnessed a strange moment on the overtime coin toss—a coin that didn’t flip.
After showing both teams the coin at midfield and hearing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers call tails, referee Clete Blackman tossed the coin in the air. Instead of flipping, the coin could be seen staying flat the entire way. While the NFL does not have a rule stating that the coin must flip on the coin toss, Blakeman immediately tossed it again.
The coin landed heads both times, but Rodgers was unhappy that he was not able to change his pick after the first toss.
“He picked the coin up and flipped it to tails, and then he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. It was confusing.” Rodgers said.
Rodgers indicated to media after the game that he would have changed his call to heads on the second toss if given the opportunity.
The Packers offense never had an opportunity to see the field in overtime, as the Cardinals scored a touchdown on their first drive to seal a 26–20 victory.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews also weighed in on the coin toss.
“The first one, it didn't turn. It just sat there like a saucer. They still won the second one. I'm sure that would have been a little bit of controversy if we had won.”