When the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers took the field this past Sunday night, no one expected the beatdown that would ensue. You may have expected the Packers to come out in blowout fashion, but it was the Giants who put on the four-touchdown rout. So why, with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter, did Packers safety Jerron McMillian deliver a vicious and blatantly cheap shot to Martellus Bennett?
Was he sending a message? Was he upset about the thorough beating the Giants offense was giving? Did he have a vendetta with Bennett? Whatever the case may be, Bennett told reporters after the game that he had to keep his cool and was “pissed off” after the hit.
“I just got the wind knocked out of me. It got me pissed off. I wanted to kick his ass,” Bennett said when asked about the play. Rightfully so, I might add. If you look at the replay, McMillian clearly hit him late. Whether the hit was directed at Bennett’s head on purpose or not I do not know, but Bennett was clearly not going to make a play on the ball and took three steps before McMillian delivered the blow.
These two teams are not hated rivals, but they definitely do not like each other. The Giants were all talk prior to their divisional matchup in the playoffs last season while the Packers remained peacefully silent. It was only after the game that they began to talk trash, saying the Giants were not the better team and that they had beaten themselves.
Something could have gone into that hit and hopefully Bennett gets the opportunity to return the favor by sending the Packers home come playoff time.