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Broncos at Chiefs (image via SB Nation)
You do know there are cameras out there? Lots of them.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made a crude gesture during a penalty announcement by Walt Coleman. Kelce was right in the frame with Coleman as he made his disagreement known (although he denies it, according to the link above).
Kelce is likely handing over a small portion of his game check for the infraction.
Titans at Texans
3rd Qtr. | 14:40 — Jeff Triplette’s crew calls offsetting pass interference penalties. Ordinarily, when we have mutual restrictive action, no flag is thrown, the play runs to its conclusion, and the down counts.
In this case we have two separate acts against a cornerback-receiver tandem, rather than simultaneous grappling. Once one flag is thrown, the second act will draw a second flag to offset. Offsetting pass interference can also occur when the fouls are committed at different parts of the field.
Broncos at Chiefs (video)
The Broncos, on another of their punts, got a fortuitous bounce on a short kick. The ball bounced off of Chiefs special teamer Marcus Cooper making it a live ball. Omar Bolden recovered for the Broncos.
Bolden was out of bounds on the punt coverage, but contrasting to the last entry posted here, it is not a foul. Since Bolden was forced out, he only has to make an attempt to get back in bounds as soon as reasonably possible. He ran along the boundary for a bit, but he angled in within a time frame the officials found to be reasonable. If he kept riding the boundary out of bounds, it would be a foul — but not the 5-yarder assessed earlier. Instead, it is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Regardless of how he went out of bounds, Bolden cannot be the first player to touch the ball. As soon as Cooper touches the ball, Bolden becomes eligible to recover the ball. And, since it is a muffed punt recovery, the Broncos cannot advance the ball.
Broncos at Chiefs (video)
The Broncos were flagged on one of their punts because the gunner Andre Caldwell ran out of bounds to get around two Chiefs special teams players blocking him. Since he went out of bounds voluntarily, this is a 5-yard penalty on a punt play. The Chiefs caught the ball at the 9-yard line and were downed there.
The Chiefs have two options if they accept the penalty. Rule 9-5-1:
If there is a foul by the kicking team, the receiving team will have the option of taking the penalty at the previous spot and replaying the down, or adding the penalty yardage on to the dead-ball spot.
The Chiefs decided to replay the down instead of tacking the 5-yards on from the 9 and keeping the ball. The Broncos used that opportunity to run a fake punt for a first down.
Cardinals at Falcons
Sorry, no video. On a first quarter punt, Devin Hester returned the kick for an apparent Falcons touchdown. Hester was flagged for a facemask foul at the 2-yard line, which is unusual, but not unheard of, for the runner. The runner is allowed to stiff-arm a defender, even into his facemask, so long as he does not grasp, twist, or control the facemask. It is arguable if Hester actually committed a facemask foul, but with a defender’s head being racked around such as it was, a game-speed call of controlling the facemask is expected.
The Falcons coaching staff was livid and stepped onto the field to voice their displeasure. This drew an unsportsmanlike conduct foul on the Falcons bench. In this case, both fouls are enforced, because the unsportsmanlike foul was well after the play was over. The facemask foul is enforced first, and the chains are set. Then, the between-downs foul on the bench is enforced, placing the ball 1st-and-25 at the 32.
Cardinals at Falcons (video)
Referee Terry McAulay doesn’t have enough evidence to overturn this touchdown. The official was in perfect position to rule.
Bengals at Buccaneers (video)
The Bengals try a surprise onside kick that goes all sorts of wrong. First of all the Bengals were offside, then the ball never went 10 yards. Had the Buccaneers player muffed the ball before it went 10-yards it would have been a live ball for the Bengals. Had the ball touched a Bengals player before going 10-yards, the Bengals would have been guilty for a “first touching” violation and the Buccaneers would have been awarded the ball at the “spot of first touching.”
Patriots at Packers (video)
Ed Hochuli upholds a Jordy Nelson touchdown, as called at the pylon by Adrian Hill.
If Nelson lost control of the ball and it touched the pylon, it would have been a touchback.
Bengals at Buccaneers
The controversial 12-men foul on the Buccaneers and the illegal challenge of that foul by the Bengals is its own post.
Saints at Steelers (video)
Do you want to know what it’s like to be an official in the middle of a fight? A late hit along the sideline ignites a scrum, that spills into the photographers area. I’m sure the NFL doesn’t want to see fights period, especially ones that spill out of the field of play into a non-players area.
Panthers at Vikings (video at :02)
Mike Pereira tweets that TV cameras caught teams warming footballs on the sideline using those portable heaters. The former VP for officiating says that is against the rules.
Incidentally, the game balls are handled by attendants hired by the home team. The six kicking balls are handled by a league-hired K Ball Coordinator
Titans at Texans (video)
Referee Jeff Triplette has a tight pass-fumble ruling.
Browns at Bills (video)
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel attempts to pass but is ruled to have fumbled the ball. The Bills recover the fumble in the end zone. With the removal of the infamous tuck rule, Manziel’s pass attempt falls right on the border of incomplete/fumble. Had the tuck rule still been in effect, this would have been a clear incomplete pass.
The replay official reviewed the play as it was a turnover and a score. The call was reversed to incomplete, because Manziel was still demonstrating forward movement of the ball. While it is a potential continuous motion from the pass into the tuck, the replay review considered it was indisputably still a passing motion, and therefore incomplete.
Redskins at Colts (video)
Line judge Julian Mapp and field judge John Lucivansky team up on a nice sideline toe-tapping catch.
Chargers at Ravens (video)
A touchdown catch by Chargers receiver Kennan Allen was reviewed to see if he lost control and the ball touched the ground. Referee Walt Anderson ruled inconclusive, and the touchdown stands.