Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/31/12

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy nearly cost his team a touchdown by throwing a challenge flag on a play by the goal line that was likely already going to be reviewed. Luckily for Green Bay, wide receiver Jordy Nelson did his best to cover his coach’s tracks. Nelson picked up the challenge flag and tried hiding it around his waist as he was walking off the field. Nelson apparently knew what McCarthy didn’t, and that is that coaches are penalized for throwing challenge flags on the field for plays that are automatically reviewed. Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was burned earlier this season for throwing a challenge flag on a play that was going to be reviewed, and that gave the Houston Texans a touchdown that likely would have been reversed. Luckily for Green Bay, the officials determined that McCarthy threw the challenge flag after they decided to already review the play, so the Packers were only penalized 15 yards on the kickoff. Aaron Rodgers was credited with an eight-yard touchdown pass to James Jones to make it 27-24 Minnesota. Why would McCarthy have thrown the flag on the play? There was no indication from the referees that it was a scoring play, so maybe he felt he needed to challenge that it was a touchdown. That’s probably why he threw it. GIF via CJZero

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Lynch agrees to deal with Raiders, will be traded

WATCH: Jose Altuve leaves game after scary outfield collision

Allen Iverson has savage response to Tim Hardaway’s crossover claim

Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo ‘longshot’ to return during Celtics series

Pat Riley: LeBron James’ departure from Miami ‘was personal’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marcus Smart fires back at Jimmy Butler over ‘not about that life’ talk

Tony Gonzalez: Tony Romo did not cost me CBS job

Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated by NFL

Dustin Pedroia: No rift in Red Sox clubhouse after Manny Machado incident

USGA tries to simplify rules by ending viewer call-ins, somehow makes it more complicated

NFL GM: Peterson could push Saints ‘into the playoffs and beyond’

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker