Marquez Valdes-Scantling gets unintended block from ref on 78-yard TD from Aaron Rodgers

Jason Owens
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ passing attack are dangerous enough on their own.

When they’re getting an assist from the officials, well ... good luck.

After a scoreless first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the Packers struck fast to start the second when Rodgers found Marquez Valdes-Scantling deep on a go route down the right sideline from the Green Bay 22-yard line.

Ref makes blooper reel

Valdes-Scantling beat Texans cornerback Sidney Jones in man coverage and cut across the field to avoid being caught as safety Jarrod Wilson joined the pursuit.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling probably didn't need the extra help to score. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling probably didn't need the extra help to score. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

An official pursuing the play tried to keep up and gave Valdes-Scantling an unintended assist along the way. As Valdes-Scantling crossed the field right to left, back judge Dino Paganelli fell to the ground and into the path of a pursuing Jones. Any hope of catching Valdes-Scantling was dashed.

Valdes-Scantling then beat Wilson into the end zone to give the Packers a 7-3 lead.

Of course Jones had little to no hope of catching Valdes-Scantling. He was thoroughly beat on the play. The only real victim of the mishap was Paganelli, who made his way into Sunday’s blooper real.

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