We will be tracking the officiating in the two Monday night games concluding the opening weekend of 2012. If you see something or have questions, post them in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras.
Officials spotter’s charts are in this post.
I haven’t had a chance to go through all of the calls, but Timothy Burke at Deadspin has an excellent compilation of videos with some of the officiating mistakes from Sunday’s games. Some of the calls I don’t agree with, but maybe I’ll get time to make a counterpost on it.
Not much to report from both Monday night games so far. Because of the high profile games, the NFL deliberately placed their most skilled replacement referees in these games.
Jim Core, the referee of the Cowboys-Giants opener last Wednesday, is the crew chief tonight in the nightcap.
2nd quarter | 12:38 | Ravens 10-3 | BAL ball | 2nd & 4 @ CIN 34 | video
On the touchdown completion, it appears (to me) that Boldin completed the process of a catch and the touchdown stands. I agree with the replacement official.
Monday Night Football rules analyst Gerry Austin and Fox Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira disagree. They said that Boldin did not control the ball and that the ground aided the catch.
I did not see conclusive evidence (and by ruling the call “stands” instead of “confirmed,” referee Matt Nicks thinks so, too).
The referee in the first half of the doubleheader is Richard “Matt” Nicks, most recently of Mid-South Conference (NAIA) and Tennessee high school games.