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Aaron Rodgers, Todd Bowles downplay significance of Jumbotron-gate

Rodgers says what he saw on the video board didn’t involve the Bucs’ failed two-point try.
Bucs coach Todd Bowles greets Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at midfield following Green Bay's 14-12 victory Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Bucs coach Todd Bowles greets Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at midfield following Green Bay's 14-12 victory Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Sep. 28|Updated Sep. 28

Evidently, one of the more controversial story lines to emerge from Sunday’s Packers-Bucs game has been quashed.

A day after suggesting he saw something on the behemoth video board at Raymond James Stadium that might have given the Packers an edge on Tampa Bay’s failed two-point try in the final seconds, Rodgers backpedaled, saying what he saw had nothing to do with the two-point attempt.

And on Wednesday, coach Todd Bowles said he received clarity from his game-day operations staff on what may have been displayed in the final moments of Green Bay’s 14-12 triumph and came away convinced it had no bearing on the outcome.

“It wasn’t a big deal at all,” Bowles said.

Rodgers created a national stir during his postgame interview with Fox’s Tom Rinaldi when he indicated he saw something on the board that may have helped the Packers defense defend the two-point play. The Bucs were whistled for a delay-of-game penalty initially, moving the ball back to the 7-yard line.

Tom Brady’s rollout pass to Russell Gage was deflected at the goal line on the next try.

But during his regular appearance Monday on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers said what he spotted on the screen occurred well before the two-point attempt, during the Bucs’ final scoring drive.

“About four or five plays somewhere, it was well before the two-point conversion, I did see something on the Jumbotron that I went down and relayed to (Packers coach) Matt (LaFleur),” Rodgers told McAfee.

“I’m not going to get into exactly what I saw, or if it even had a real impact on the play; I think that’s kind of inconsequential. But I just thought I saw something. I walked down, I relayed it to Matt. Whether that got relayed to (defensive coordinator) Joe (Barry) or not, I’m not sure. Either way, it had nothing to do with the two-point conversion.

“There was not an image of like, a Microsoft Surface or anything like that on there. That would’ve been pretty funny though.”

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