The Green Bay Packers are in the middle of a Week Six Bye. Their last contest was a Monday Night loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. A late game interception sealed a 17-13 win for Las Vegas over Green Bay.
There were multiple storylines after the conclusion of that game. One of the biggest ones was Christian Watson’s near touchdown that would have changed the game. In the middle of the third quarter Jordan Love connected with Watson for a 77-yard completion that put a spark in the Packers’ offense. However, it was how that play ended that was a major storyline.
Las Vegas Raiders’ Marcus Peters Receives Massive Fine For Horse Collar Tackle On Green Bay Packers’ Christian Watson
Robin Adams of Wisconsin Sports Heroics initially reported the news for our site:
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Peters was assessed a fine of $13,378 for his illegal tackle on Watson.
Of the tackle, and how it saved a potentially game-changing touchdown, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote:
“Marcus Peters used an illegal horse-collar tackle to save a TD. It possibly altered the outcome of the game. The league should at least have a conversation as to whether, moving forward, a TD should be awarded when this happens.”
Had Watson been allowed to score, Green Bay would have gone up 17-10 and could have at least played more in overtime.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, Watson scored the touchdown. Green Bay goes up 17-10. Let’s also say Las Vegas scores the tying touchdown, and the score is 17-17 going into the Packers’ final drive.
Instead of throwing the interception with seconds remaining, Love and the offense get into field goal position. This would have allowed Anders Carlson to hit the game-winning field goal.
Why Was This A Potential Career Altering Dirty Play?
During the 2004 season, Cowboys defensive back Roy Williams tackled Eagles wide receiver Terrell Ownes in the same manner. The Eagles’ wide receiver suffered a fractured fibula as a result of the tackle. Horse-collar tackles were thus banned in 2005.
These types of tackles have the potential to alter a players’ career, not just end their season. When Packers fans saw that Peters received this huge fine, they reacted on social media:
Small fine, could be more ?
— QuestionQuest (@deucesofclub) October 14, 2023
Players aren’t worried about other player’s safety
— 2023 NL Central Champs (@Zorn1ck) October 14, 2023
Should have been ruled a touchdown just like if an offensive player stops a safety from happening via a penalty. Should be a two way street. If you prevent points via a penalty then that team should be awarded points. Watson was clearly going to score so he made an illegal tackle
— Ryan McAllister (@Retro_5oldier) October 14, 2023
Pretty mad the punishment for this is a meaningless amount of money at that level. Didn’t he get ejected / banned also? In soccer, the player would get red carded and miss the next three games, with a penalty to make it very easy to get the goal denied. It’s plain cheating!
— Yorks (@generativepoet) October 15, 2023
The Green Bay Packers faced a significant moment during their Week Six Bye, following a Monday Night loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. A controversial tackle by Marcus Peters on Christian Watson became a major talking point. The tackle prevented a potential game-changing touchdown and sparked discussions about its implications. For more insights and updates, check out the latest Green Bay Packers News.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Marcus Peters went from playing for the Baltimore Ravens from 2019 to 2022 to the Las Vegas Raiders starting from 2023.
The Las Vegas Raiders signed Marcus Peters, a free agent CB, making it his first season with the team after spending the previous four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. As of Monday, the announcement was made by the club, marking Peters' ninth NFL season.
Marcus Peters has been in the NFL for 5 years. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and has since played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Ravens. With his exceptional skills, Peters has made a significant impact on defense throughout his career in the NFL.