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Some of the more interesting calls we will pose to the Football Zebras Roundtable for expert analysis during the week.
Seahawks at Cardinals (video at :36)
Seahawks kicker Steven Houshka attempts a field goal that ricochets off of the left goalpost and into the arms of Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson. Jefferson started to run with the ball, but the play is dead any time the ball touches the goalposts. The lone exception is a ball may go through the mouth of the goal after hitting the upright and the field goal will count.
Seahawks at Cardinals
3:42 | 3rd Qtr. No video from the play, but this is how I understand this play: The Cardinals punted with an offensive holding penalty in the end zone. On a punt where the receiving team gets possession (under standard conditions without other complications), the receiving team is allowed to assess a kicking team penalty from the dead-ball spot, in addition to its normal spot specified by the penalty. The Seahawks decided to tack on to the dead-ball spot, rather than the spot of the foul. Had they taken the spot of the foul, it would have been a safety.
The Seahawks got the ball at the Cardinals 45-yard line, rather than taking the two points and losing some field position on the ensuing free kick.
Raiders at Chargers (video)
The Walt Anderson crew handles this scrum for the loose ball perfectly. Even though it looks like chaos, there is a science to officials handling such a scrum.
Cardinals at Seahawks (video)
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate fumbles the ball forward several yards and teammate Jermaine Kearse falls on it. Side judge Larry Rose and head linesman Tom Stabile award the Seahawks the ball at the Kearse spot. If it had been fourth down or under two-minutes left in the half, the ball would have been returned to the Seahawks at the spot of the Tate fumble; however since neither of those two conditions were met, the Seahawks gained yardage because of the fumble. You could see Stabile and Rose confer quickly to make sure they were following the rules properly.
Steelers at Packers
Colts at Chiefs (video)
Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson flagged for a horse collar tackle by head linesman George Hayward. The NFL has tightened the interpretation of the horse collar tackle over the years, so while this grasp wasn’t directly on the collar between the shoulder blades, it is a flag the NFL wants to see.
Dolphins at Bills (video)
Bills wide receiver Robert Woods is ejected from the game for landing a right hook in a pile after a routine run. Umpire Garth DeFelice corralled Woods and sent him out before Clete Blakeman announced the ejection.
Browns at Jets (video)
Josh Gordon cannot control a 4th and goal touchdown pass. The side judge initially ruled Gordon out of bounds. On replay Gordon did get both feet down in bounds, but head linesman Dana McKenzie ruled that Gordon juggled the ball. On the video you can see McKenzie making the emphatic “juggling” signal.
Titans at Jaguars (video)
Jaguars center Brad Meester catches his first ever pass. Meester lines up as a tight end. This is a legal play as long as Meester reports to the referee as an eligible receiver, and the referee then announces that the ineligible receiver is eligible for this down. This play is illegal in NCAA and high school football rules since Meester is wearing an ineligible receiver number (50-79), but legal in the NFL – as long as Meester reports.
Colts at Chiefs
12:47 | 2nd qtr. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck if flushed out of the pocket. He throws the ball away with no receiver in sight. Head linesman George Hayward runs to referee Tony Corrente to inform him no receiver was in the vicinity. Corrente rules that Luck was out of the pocket, thus no intentional grounding flag. Kansas City could not challenge the “no grounding” call, but the Chiefs did challenge the play thinking that Luck’s knee was down. After a review, Corrente did rule that Luck’s knee was down. So, while there was no intentional grounding call, the Chiefs did get the sack.