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NFL Officiating....

Posted on: January 11, 2010 12:56 pm
The officiating has been poor to terrible in the playoffs this year.  Outside of the NYJ/Cincy game, there were either to many flags(Dallas/Philly), or missed or no calls.

I have no real complaints about the NYJ/Cincy game, I thought that game was officiated well enough to get by.  The Dallas/Philly game was littered with flags.  This is playoff football, let them play.  Keep your hankie in your pocket and let the players decide who won or lost the game.

The NE/Balt game had a few calls that were suspect.  The first being the muffed punt by Baltimore and New England recovering the ball.  The rules of a fumble recovery are that of a completed pass reception.  You must maintain control of the ball all the way to the ground, well clearly that wasn't the case with the fumble recovery.  The ball came out as he hit the ground out of bounds, and the replays clearly showed him bobbling the ball through out the entire recovery process.  Now, I understand that Harbaugh didn't challenge the play, and that was his and his coaching staff upstairs faults, but the official on the spot should have realized that he didn't maintain control all the way to the ground.

Secondly, the McGahee 2 point conversion attempt.  He clearly had the ball secured to his chest, and his chest did cross the goal line, so that right there should be enough evidence to reverse the call done on the field.  Well they blew 2 chances at that one.  I applaud the officials for that as well.  I probably sound like a Baltimore homer or something, but Brady did enough for the Pats to blow the game without these 2 oversights on the part of the officials.

And finally the Green Bay/Arizona game.  I could write a book about this game, but in a summary.  Woodson was the victim most of the game here.  Both Fitzgerald TD's were the result of uncalled push offs to clear space to catch and run.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman(possibly the worst duo to broadcast a game) said on the first TD that "Woodson fell down", clean out your eyes and you'll see he was pushed to ground by Fitzgerald.

The final drive of the game had 2 notable "non-calls."  The first being a helmet to helmet hit on Rodgers by Bertrand Berry.  The play was out in the open for everyone to see and it was conveniently missed.  The second being the face mask on the fumble that won the game for the Cards.  You mean to tell me they put that on the ref BEHIND the play, he couldn't see it.  And with all the other officials on the field not one of them saw that play.  Rediculous.

There have been gripes and rumblings all season long about the officiating, but for the officiating to decide the outcome of a playoff game, in my opinion that is just absurd.  Again these are just my opinions, feel free to argue them all you want.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 10:12 am

NFL Officiating....

Please lets all STOP NOW complaining about the NFl officiating. Did ANYONE watcht he last two Steelers superbowls vs the Seahawks and Cardinals. Seahwaks had every play over 10 yeards called back for holding offensive pass interference, etc. , and the Cardinals had countless 1st and 20's on holding calls. And on the flip side, the Steelers get called for cosmetic 5 yeard proceedure penalties in the 4th qtr to glossy the stat sheet in the end. Lets not even get inot number of penalties and penalty yards ; for and against Pitt. PLEASE! this is old news.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 11:24 pm

NFL Officiating....

What everyone has to realize here is that the officiating will always be horrible and inconsistent.
Occasionally they get it right.
They need to replace some of these old farts with younger men who can keep up with the plays.

Finally, do the referees who call the penalties have to act like they are going for an Academy Award....showboats!

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2010 6:19 pm

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...i do agree that there were alot of blown calls BUT they didnt seem to favor one team ...the horse collar call was horse sh_t the player was NOT pulled to the ground by the back of the jersey like the rule says and there was definatly a face mask that was a no thing is for sure in my mind if rodgers makes that pass to a wide open jennings then it would have been game over and no one is even having this conversation!!! 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 4:15 pm

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The officiating in the GB/AZ game was bad and lopsided toward the Cards, but ultimately, if you don't want a bad call to decide the outcome of a game, don't let yourself be in that position.

If the Packers don't cough it up twice early to get 14 down, there is no overtime.  If Rodgers doesn't miss a wide open guy on the first play of overtime, there is no missed personal foul.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 3:00 pm

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Reading through this drivel from Cardinals fans it is clear to me that people will just see what they want to see.  Watch the video. 

He has the face mask from first contact all the way to the ground.  Rodgers helmet immediately shifts down (13 second mark of the live speed) and stays out of place all the way to the ground.

if I remember correctly it was 3rd and long anywayBrilliant observation.  It was actually third and five after being second and twenty.  You want to know why it was third and five?  There was a holding penalty on Green Bay on the same play that Rodgers was speared helmet-to-helmet.  Had the head contact been called it would have been first and ten at the thirty five after the pass to Jones.  Instead only the holding penalty was called.  Shifting the situation from second and ten to second and twenty.

Is there plenty of blame to go around for the Packers themselves?  You bet.  But if you cannot see that the officials ended the game with a couple of missed calls then you are blind.  Arizona might still have won the game.  The point is that nobody knows because the officiating got in the way.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 2:11 pm

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You better check the rules again because as long as a player does not pull on the mask there be no flag! And he did not pull on the mask

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 8:17 am

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Again, who was whining after last years Super Bowl? Arizona Cardinal fans? But i thought Cardinal fans were right after all the calls that went against them in that game. Is it whining? Or calling it it like they see it?

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2010 1:03 am

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Rodgers is a class act... He is not complaining. He knows he had his chances and it just got away. He will be back with the youngest team in the NFL and the maturity that comes with learning from your mistakes. The team needs to play so that it doesn't come down to the zebras with the whistles, or the flags stuck in their pockets.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:15 pm

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I agree. The league Used to have an incidental facemask and a personal foul facemask. They got rid of the incidental penalty which that last play of the game was. Great no call!

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2010 9:38 pm

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GB/Arz Game - Not for nothing but if I remember correctly it was 3rd and long anyway. Also the fumble occured before the face mask and the Ref's job is to watch the ball and determine who recovers it once it is fumbled. He did what he was supposed to do. He can not watch both things at the same time. The previous post suggested in one instance to let them play and here that a call should have been made. It was inadvertant and the best team won.

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