49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was flagged for head-butting Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, and while he owned his role in that penalty, Boldin said the officials let too many Cardinals infractions slide. “For me, it’s been obvious the last two weeks the amount of calls that have gone against us and the amount of calls that we’ve gotten … You send the tape in, and the NFL just reports back, ‘We made a mistake.’ But at the same time, the crap is costing us games. At some point, they need to be held accountable.”
They amended it for Favre! Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that the fate of the game comes down to a coin flip in overtime, not the 13 plays and 80 yard that followed it: “It puts a premium on the coin toss. Called tails at the beginning of the game, went with it again in overtime. It was heads, and proved to be a significant call.” In the 2009 NFC Championship Game, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre rode the bench to defeat in overtime without taking a snap, leading the NFL to immediately change its seven-decade-old rule to allow extra innings in football.
Jets defensive linebacker Demario Davis was denied the first six points of his career when quarterback Jay Cutler was ruled to have been down before fumbling the ball. Davis said Tuesday: “They’re supposed to let that play stay open. They’re taught to call that a fumble because you can always review it. If you blow it dead, the play dies there. That came back to bite us in the butt, but we didn’t have the best officiating in this game.”
Washington defensive lineman Chris Baker will not be fined or suspended for leveling Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on a change of possession. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said the hit was completely within the rules. “You can talk about whether it might fall under unsportsmanlike conduct [actually, it would be unnecessary roughness]. But when you know the rule and you look at the play, he didnâ€™t hit him in the head. He didnâ€™t hit him in the neck. We looked at it. I looked at it very closely. Heâ€™s not going to be fined for that.” Baker was ejected after the play; while the ejection was announced with the roughing the passer penalty, his participation in the post-play fight likely was the reason for his ejection. A second penalty call was not really required in this situation, but it would have added clarity.
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