The Jacksonville Jaguars were close to starting the season with a big win against the Green Bay Packers, but an attempt at a game-winning drive fizzled in the red zone. On Sunday, the NFL admitted that the Jaguars also had to deal with several questionable calls from the officials that went in Green Bay’s favor.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL said the Jaguars were on the losing end of 16 questionable calls that could’ve gone another way. While the NFL’s competition committee asks teams to keep complaints about officiating to 10 plays per game, the Jaguars reportedly submitted 23 plays that went in the Packers’ favor.
Among the plays that the NFL said could’ve gone in Jacksonville’s favor was a crucial third down play in the final seconds of the game. Despite Micah Hyde keeping contact with wide receiver Rashad Greene throughout the play, no holding penalty was called. Instead of a first-and-goal situation, the Jaguars were unable to convert on the ensuing fourth down.
Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson was the player most in the spotlight after the game, although he refused to blame the officials. The third-year receiver was targeted on 15 passes, but managed to haul in just six for 72 yards, while Packers cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Sam Shields were draped on him for most of the game.
"It's not about the calls," Robinson told reporters after the game. "Blake [Bortles] gave me a ton of opportunities to make a play. I've got to make more plays. Seeing that that's how the game is being called, I've got to adjust my physicality to the game."
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley praised Robinson’s mindset and refusal to blame the officials.
"One of our rules is no whining, no complaining and no excuses," Bradley said. "No one wants to hear it anyway. It is hard to say a guy at his age  is a true pro, but he has demonstrated over and over again — the way he handles it."
Despite the calls, the Jaguars got the ball on their own 37-yard line with 3:17 left in the game. Bortles led the team to the Packers’ 14-yard line, but Jacksonville turned the ball over on downs with 14 seconds left on the clock.