Mark Trestman has no explanation for Bears’ mental lapse vs. Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) hits Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and causes a fumble during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Late in the first half in the Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears, Julius Pepper pressured Aaron Rodgers as he was about to release the ball and jarred the ball loose and flying about eight yards forward in what appeared to be your ordinary incomplete pass.

However, what happened next will go down in the history books of the NFL’s greatest rivalry as one of the craziest touchdowns in this great series.

With the ball lying on the ground and no whistle being blown, Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin scooped the ball up, stood and looked around for a couple seconds, then waltzed into the end zone after the encouragement of the Packers sideline.

“There has never been a time this whole year where I’ve blown the whistle in practice and the ball was on the ground that we didn’t pick it up and scoop and score with it,” Trestman said. “For me to try to explain why that happened, I really can’t at this time because we’ve never allowed the ball to sit on the ground like that at any time in practice.”

The play that kept the Packers in the game late in the fourth quarter to make a triumphant fourth quarter comeback on the right arm of Rodgers left Trestman without any reasonable explanation Sunday evening as that fluky play cost the Bears a shot at the postseason.

Patrick’s the managing editor for Death Valley Voice and news desk staffer for FanSided.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt, @DeathValleyFS. Like his Facebook page and add him to your Google network.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Chicago Bears, Football, Jarrett Boykin< Julius Peppers, Mark Trestman, NFL

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