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Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:58 pm
 
Maybe Jenning's, uh, foot was on the ground? (Mocksession.com)
By Will Brinson

The Packers caught a tremendous break in the first half of Sunday's NFC Divisional Round matchup against the Giants, as Greg Jennings clearly fumbled a ball and neither an on-field ruling nor replay could "confirm" that he did so. The Packers kept the ball and scored a touchdown five plays later to tie the game at 10-10.

On first and 10 from the Giants 38-yard line, Aaron Rodgers hit Jennings on a six-yard pass. Jennings fumbled the ball while being tackled and the Giants recovered.

The play was initially ruled a fumble but the officiating crew overturned that call on the field and said that Jennings was down. Tom Coughlin was, for all intents and purposes, forced to challenge the play. He did so and the visual evidence indicated rather clearly (see: above) that the ball was loose before Jennings hit the ground.

However, Bill Leavy announced to the crowd that the ruling on the field would stand. The Packers kept the ball and scored a touchdown.

It was a terrible break for the Giants, an unbelievable stroke of luck for the Packers, and a pretty good reason for wondering if there needs to be another safeguard in the review process.

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Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

I don't see how it could be MORE plain to see that it was a fumble.  My God you have two eyes and how can you not see it was a fumble.  The same thing happened in the 4th QTR and you had to wonder who in the heck was up in the replay booth!!  Even the 15 yard "roughing the passer" penalty that led to GB's last TD was a farce!!  I don't now what else we can do other than having a committee of refs up in th booth and to rule on a challenge, two of the three have to agree.   It really amazes me the "obvious" fumbles that get ruled a non fumble even with super slow motion reviews.   Is there a better way????



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Absolutely right!!  The GB fumble, the helmet to helmet call on Osi of the Giants.  It's hard to watch any game any more without worrying about the ref's screwing things up with a bad call.  the calls are not just BAD, some are actually unbelievable.  Too many to document in this space over the course of this season.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME??!!!!  

This officiating crew was ATTROCIOUS!!!

Yes, I am a Giants fan, but even if I were watching this game as not being a fan of either side I would STILL be outraged at the miss calls....  The obvious fumble (thats why we use the replay morons) - it is SO obvious!!  The BS call on Osi for a hit to the head of Rodgers???  WTF???  It was under his arm!!!! Watch the replay!!!!...and what about all of the late hits on Eli Manning after he was throwing the ball??

This is out of control NFL... Goodell - YOU HAVE TO FIX THIS MASSIVE HOLE IN YOUR SYSTEM!!!  There HAS to be accountability!!!!  Fulltime referees that WILL be fired and fined if these types of calls are so ridiculously missed - even with the best technology available!!!

The real problem is that it makes you seriously think that there is favoritism with some of these teams!!! If I can see these things on the replays from my own HD TV DVR - then WTF are these Refs seeing?????

Goodell - Come On Man!  Make it right for the sake of the game's integrity, please!!!

Steve G, CT  






Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review


I disagree with you here Will. There was no conclusive evidence that he lost the ball before he hit the ground. In the picture you are using to illustrate your point, the ball is still in Greg Jennings' hand. It is possible for a player to hold and control the ball in one hand. That fact has been proven countless times over the years. Remember that point and then watch the play in real time or slow motion and tell me that 100 percent without a doubt he lost the ball before he hit the ground. I don't think you, or anyone, can. Ity is obvious that the Giants player was in the process of stripping the ball from Jennings before Jennings hit the ground but that doesn't necessarily mean that Jennings didn't have possession. I cannot tell, with absolute certainty, when he lost the ball. Obviously, neither could the referee. That is why the call was not overturned. There was not indisputable evidence that Greg Jennings lost the ball before he hit the ground. If the call on the field had been a fumble, it probably would have stood as well.







Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:42 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Even with the officials trying to give the game to the Packers with all the bad offiicating calls against the Giants,too bad it didnt work.The league needs to address this issue why these officals cant get the job done...Im sure Mara will be addressing this issue to the commissioners office as we speak......



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:40 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Replace the current NFL officials with computers/robots and have a multi-human panel to decide if the computer confidence level dips below a certain level for a year or two until everyone realizes that technology is available to replace these Bozos absolutely.  Computers work much faster than humans so the real challenge will be to find some other reason to add commercial breaks come playoff-time to appease advertisers.

So many bad calls by officials both in live action and in replay review this season, seems to be getting progressively worse year over year.

Late Whistles, No Whistles, not calling Touchdowns on bang-bang plays in the end-zone to ensure they have a chance to look at it in Slo-Mo.  How do they not realize that we all have HDTV's now?

Freaking Ridiculous...



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:36 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

This brutal call punctuated a horrible two weeks for the men in stripes.  I've watched the NFL for forty years and I can't remember them being this bad in this many games (let alone playoffs).  We do not need to wait for these geriatrics to go under a hood to see what all of us can see with technology today.  The NFL is big and bad enough to have a central "war room" like they have in the NHL.  All reviews could be handled by a qualified crew with much younger and sharper eyes who would have a decision before the existing on-field octagenarians can get to the sidelines...   



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:36 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

This brutal call punctuated a horrible two weeks for the men in stripes.  I've watched the NFL for forty years and I can't remember them being this bad in this many games (let alone playoffs).  We do not need to wait for these geriatrics to go under a hood to see what all of us can see with technology today.  The NFL is big and bad enough to have a central "war room" like they have in the NHL.  All reviews could be handled by a qualified crew with much younger and sharper eyes who would have a decision before the existing on-field octagenarians can get to the sidelines...   



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:30 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

I believe all these replays are graded weekly within the NFL brass as sort of a quality control of the referees. I say you make these referees VERY accountable for their mistakes. Just like in any other job, you screw up you get fired. The official that ruled this play was not a fumble needs to be fired immediately. That is the problem with the NFL and the country in general. Nobody is held accountable.




Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:22 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Delighted as I am that the Packers lost, I didn't watch the game and in fact haven't watched a down all season (except for a bit of the Giants v. Jets game on Crimbo Day while with the family, which really doesn't count) --and this is one example of why I don't watch.

A replay review system in the hands of complete imbeciles isn't very effective. The purpose of replay should be to overturn an obvious injustice (the ballcarrier stepped out of bounds, as everybody on the planet looking on except for the zebra closest to it could see, so that's not a touchdown; the ball got punched out of his hand a yard from the goal line as he began his leap, so that's no touchdown and a turnover; the receiver trapped that ball, but it was ruled complete by a zebra behind the play, and the review clearly indicates no catch as fans watching at home could see in real time --you get the idea).

Instead, what we've seen time after time is the referees at least appearing to try to rig outcomes. There are favored teams and others that seem to get the wrong end of it in the overwhelming majority of cases, including especially inconclusive cases that fall well short of the League's own "indisputable visual evidence" standard (and the touchdown wrongly awarded to the Raiders against the Buccaneers when they were all but beaten in the middle of Super Bowl XXXV is a glaring example --yeah, he might have made a legitimate grab, but we can't say so for certain on the basis of the available video evidence, and "might have" isn't the standard).

Anyway, whatever. I stopped caring about the NFL a year ago and haven't looked back, but my facebook NewsFeed is full of people having a laugh at the Pack, so I thought I'd swing by and see what it was all about --and anytime the sporting landscape is devoid of the insufferable presence of the Green Bay Packers and all that goes along with them is a very good thing, so I'm pleased.


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