GREEN BAY, Wis. It had been more than 20 years since the Packers blocked a punt for a touchdown prior to Sunday's game. Apparently, all it took to end that drought was having only 10 players on the field.
In Green Bay's 25-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the key play of the game came in the second quarter when cornerback Davon House sprinted off the left edge to block a punt. With House fully extended on a dive to prevent Jaguars rookie Bryan Anger from getting the punt off, the ball started bouncing toward the end zone. Eventually, Packers rookie linebacker Dezman Moses pounced on it for a touchdown to take a 14-3 lead.
But there was something missing from that play. Well, there was someone missing. Green Bay's 11th player was on the sideline talking with his position coach, unaware that he was supposed to be part of the punt team.
"It's not funny," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday when asked about only 10 players being on the field for that touchdown. "It's not OK. It's a...