Football is weird, man.
Sunday’s Packers-Seahawks match is seen as a match between two championship competitors. Instead, NFL fans were treated to a messy and disappointing soccer game that ended 17-0 (the Packers won).
As we’ve seen before, Green Bay-Seattle games can be pretty weird. (Remember the substitute referee game?) Sunday was more of the same. With the rearview mirror clearly visible on Halloween, perhaps a remnant of that spooky species was left over for this match.
Here are the five weirdest things that will happen on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field:
The DK Metcalf Crisis
With the Packers edging closer to a landslide victory with less than 1:20 remaining in the game, someone in the Green Bay defence was clearly taken over by Metcalf. A demonstration Metcalf starts taking the mask left and right. He was removed from the game for his actions.
credit to DK Metcalf for knowing that punching a guy in a helmet is stupid but taking his mask and reminding him that you’re roughly the size of a fridge would be much more effective pic.twitter.com/g0bafVGTwj
– Christian D’Andrea, 2021 PAC Champion (@TrainIsland) November 15, 2021
But instead of going into the dressing room for an early shower, Metcalf tried to rejoin the game after he was sent off. Clumsy!
What the hell did Pete Carroll throw?
While fishing for the challenge flag in his pocket, the Seattle coach threw out a kind of… replacement device. What is it? A flip phone? A Motorola Sidekick? A Star Trek Communicator?
Carroll is 70 years old now, so he’s certainly had a flip phone or two in his life, but no, it’s not a flip phone. Turns out, there was an answer.
The mystery has been solved by Twitter researchers: It’s an electric hand warmer, which makes sense, since it was snowy and cold in Green Bay on Sunday.
Still, the belief that Carroll threw the heater in his hands is quite inspiring.
Whitney Mercilus: Iron Man?
Mercilus scored his first sacking for the Packers on Sunday, but he also left the game early because of a biceps injury.
In the third round, he again blackmailed Russell Wilson out of his pocket, but with a less successful result this time. He was injured and had to be taken care of by the coaches.
But something – you guessed it – strange happened when he was being watched. Mercilus seems to have some kind of flashing light on his chest just below his shirt. You can see it right before the camera cuts away here:
With trackers now collecting data on NFL players, chances are it’s just another bit of tech for the league.
Or, now we know that Mercilus could also be the team leader and co-leader of the Avengers.
Carlos Dunlap’s Shoe Throw
In the words of the immortal Austin Powers: “Who throws a shoe? Honest.”
Obviously Carlos Dunlap.
When the Packers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, the Seahawks manager decided he was going to poke someone’s slot about 15 yards down the pitch. Turns out, it will take you 15 yards to go is different Street. He has been flagged for the rollout.
This isn’t the first time a Florida Gator, current or former, has made headlines about a footwear launch. Last year, Florida defender Marco Wilson threw a ball and cost his teammate 15 yards – and a potential shot at the College Rugby Round.
However, Dunlap looked better when he threw that shoe than Wilson did when he threw a ball on Sunday.
Jamal Adams Intercept
The weirdest thing that will happen in Sunday’s Packers-Seahawks game? An interception by Jamal Adams.
Adams has made it to his core in the league as a quick counter-attacking defense, not a mere safety of the ball guard. So when he entered the 67th game with only two interceptions and exited the 67th game with No.3 block count, that’s a 50 percent increase. That’s pretty weird!
Adams followed Russell Wilson’s late INT throw with an INT in his own end.
It was the football version of seeing Halley’s Comet.