The hit was delivered in the quarterback's torso and did not lead with the helmet, as instructed.
No matter. The yellow flag was thrown. That was negated by the roughing call, despite Matthews avoiding putting all of his weight on the quarterback. The Vikings went down the field, scoring the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion eight plays later.
For the second week in a row, a game came down to pressure put on from Matthews.
Zimmer said the decision on the sideline was to put the ball in the middle of the field because Carlson "drills them" in practice. "I don't know what to say". I don't know. You let me know. They're gonna say, you know.
"I just tell him, 'Hey, get in line with guys who have failed, '" Cousins said. "And to call it at that point in the game was just - it's unbelievable".
"I'm pretty sore right now, sore in some other spots too so that's taken away some of the knee pain", Rodgers said. "This week, that's unbelievable". "At the same time, I don't know what else to do".
The missed kick also dredged up ghosts of kickers past.
Even though he missed two field goal attempts earlier in the game, the rookie kicker could still redeem himself with a 35-yard field goal.
Quarterbacks are obviously the most valuable players on any football field and appear to be garnering undue protection from clean football plays as the NFL looks to protect its assets.
The hit wasn't late by any stretch of the imagination, wasn't punishable due to the new "full body weight" rule, and was simply a tackle. I don't know what else to do.
The good news for the Packers and their fans (like me) is that Aaron Jones is returning from a two-game suspension next week.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game-winner from 52 yards went wide left as time expired in regulation.
Matthews said he did not get an explanation on the field.
Referee Tony Corrente explained after the game officials believed Matthews picked up Cousins and drove him into the ground.
"When [Matthews] hit the quarterback, he lifted him and drove him into the ground", Corrente said. It has nothing to do with helmet to helmet.
Whatever Corrente saw seems a mystery to nearly anybody else watching the game.