The Packers escaped Tampa Bay with a victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday. They could thank the Raymond James Stadium video board for that. Tom Brady pulled the Bucks out to within two with a touchdown pass to Russell Gage with just 14 seconds left, but a delay penalty on the ensuing – and botched – two-point attempt sent them back five yards. Aaron Rodgers hinted after the game that if not for him, Tampa Bay might not have been fined at all.
“Well, they showed it in the previous performance as well,” Rogers said. said on Fox. “It was a delay in both plays. Sometimes you see something in the game. Sometimes the Jumbotron shows things they probably shouldn’t show, even at home. I saw something, (and) I just relayed the information.”
For what it’s worth, the Bucks weren’t penalized for delaying play after a touchdown, a one-yard Brady Gage hit that cut the Packers’ lead from 14–6. However, Rogers apparently noticed the unannounced violation and presumably warned another team official or spoke directly to the refereeing team. The delay of the game due to the two-point try was evident from the TV broadcast, so it is not clear if Rodgers actually had any influence on the decision.
In any event, Brady failed to connect with Gage again in Tampa Bay’s last offensive game, this time from the 7-yard line instead of the 2-yard line due to penalties, and the Packers walked away with the win.
Asked later about what went wrong, Brady simply chalked up the end of the Bucks to “poor execution.” He also noted that his team has yet to make any real progress on offense this season, which has made the late games more important than they should be.