NFL fans are losing it on social media after the huge first half from Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Now we all know that Green Bay usually loves to target their star wideout Davante Adams in the passing game. However, when Aaron Rodgers wants to throw deep, he tends to look at Marquez Valdes-Scantling. And that’s precisely how the Packers got on the board in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
After a slow start to the game, Rodgers and Valdes-Scantling were able to connect for a 50-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The play began with Rodgers noticing that the Buccaneers were in man coverage and that Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis was lined over the speedster, Valdes-Scantling. Following the snap, Rodgers immediately turned to Valdes-Scantling’s side of the field, who was able to create separation from Davis.
As a result of his 50-yard touchdown on Sunday, Marquez Valdes-Scantling now has four touchdowns of 50-plus yards on the year. That number is the most in the NFL.
What makes the play somewhat surprising is that Valdes-Scantling has suffered from drops in his career up to this point. However, he has continued to get better year after year.
During the regular season, Valdes-Scantling had an inconsistent role in the Green Bay offense. He finished the regular season with 33 receptions for 690 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, his 20.9 yards per reception were the most in the NFL among qualified wide receivers.
Fans Sound Off After First Half from Marquez Valdez-Scantling
The touchdown to Marquez Valdes-Scantling was able to tie the game after a fast start by the Buccaneers. But some fans on social media, particularly Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, took the touchdown from Valdez-Scantling personal. The Green Bay wideout is a native of Tampa Bay and was a star at the University of South Florida.
Trevor Sikkema, writer for the Draft Network and co-host of the Locked on NFL Draft podcast, is a diehard Tampa Bay fan. He took to Twitter after the big play to say that Valdez-Scantling shouldn’t be making plays like that against his hometown team.
“USF legend Marquez Valdes-Scantling doing that to a Tampa team should be illegal [in my opinion],” Sikkema wrote.
Another user, Mike (@mikeunitedgr8), called out Valdez-Scantling for his past drops. He wrote, “He only caught it cos it was kind of a bad throw. Valdez-Scantling struggles with those pesky ones that hit you, right in the hands. I hate those!”
It seems like Rodgers is going to need more from Marquez Valdes-Scantling if Green Bay hopes to advance to the Super Bowl in front of their home fans. The Buccaneers currently lead at 28-10 just minutes into the start of the third quarter.