In case you missed it, on the ensuing drive following a Falcons' go-ahead touchdown that gave the team a 17-10 lead, Hall had a meltdown of epic proportions that led directly to the Carolina Panthers tying the game, which they eventually went on to win.
On the first play of the drive, Hall was flagged for pass interference against Panthers receiver Steve Smith, whom he'd been jawing with all day. Showing his frustration on the next play, Hall shoved Smith, drawing a 15-yard personal foul. Then, after it appeared the Falcons had held the Panthers to a field-goal attempt, Hall picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty for continuing to direct trash talk at Smith. The Panthers were awarded an automatic first down, and capitalized by converting it into a 5-yard Jake Delhomme TD pass.
Hall then got into it with head coach Bobby Petrino on the sidelines and had to be pulled away by his teammates. Profootballtalk.com says there are rumors floating around that later Hall was roughed up by some of his teammates for blowing what was one of the few chances they will have of winning this year.
And you can't blame his teammates for being upset. I mean, how often is Joey Harrington going to resemble a good NFL quarterback? You don't want to squander rare opportunities like that when you get them. Who knows? This may have been their one shot at victory this year, and because Hall couldn't control his emotions or keep his mouth shut, they lost the game.
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