After running their unbeaten record to 11-0 with a matinee win at Detroit on Thursday, the Green Bay Packers had many things to be thankful for. The Packers could be thankful for Aaron Rodgers, for James Jones and Greg Jennings, and for a defense that stymied Matthew Stafford all afternoon long.
The Packers could also be thankful for Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The Lions' second-year defensive star was ejected from the game early during the third quarter. After one half, the Packers held a slim 7-0 lead. Rodgers marched them down the field in the opening drive of the third, but appeared to be stopped on third down and goal. Although a field goal was likely coming, the Lions were holding their own against the NFL's top team.
But one stomp seemed to change all of that. Given another chance, the Packers would score a touchdown on that drive and put up a total of 17 points in the quarter.
After Rodgers' third down pass attempt to Antonio Quarless dropped incomplete, Suh was still tangled with Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh was on top of Dietrich-Smith, slamming him into the turf. As the 307-pounder was pulled off his opponent, he attempted to stomp down on him with his right foot.
Suh was immediately booted from the game for his violent kick.
Although his stomp at Dietrich-Smith was obvious to the referees and the many families watching at home -- my sister felt it was "extremely unnecessary" -- Suh claimed he was wrongly penalized when he spoke with reporters after the game. According to Suh, he extended his leg down in an attempt to regain his balance.