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Quick calls: Thanksgiving liveblog

Keep checking here for rolling coverage throughout the day on Thanksgiving.

Today’s referees:

  • Eagles at Lions FOX — John Parry
  • Panthers at Cowboys CBS — Ron Torbert
  • Bears at Packers NBC — Ed Hochuli

8 thoughts on “Quick calls: Thanksgiving liveblog

  1. The referees in the nfl are the worst this year I have ever seen. They need to replace these bozos with full time professional ones.

  2. Can someone explain to me why Hochuli’s crew insisted on blowing the play dead whenever Rodgers successfully caused the Bears defensive line to jump offside? My understanding is that, unless a defensive player is unabated to the quarterback, which I don’t believe occurred last night, the offense gets a free play. By blowing their whistles, Hochuli’s crew certainly cost the Packers a long gain and potentially a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Rodgers hit Randall Cobb behind the secondary after getting the Bears to jump. What gives? I heard nothing from Michaels or Collingsworth, or indeed, from anyone else, and I’ve read nothing on this website either.

  3. Trebort, the rule on blowing a play dead on an offsides at least in lower levels of football, and I believe in the NFL as well is whether or not the player makes contact with the line or crosses the line of scrimmage before the snap.

  4. (To trebort49) – I agree. The Packers radio announcers (Wayne Larivee and Larry McCarren) brought it up but that was about it last night. I’m all for Hochuli, but Ed’s crew seemed to be quick with the whistle and overly finicky on calls (against both teams).

  5. Packers and Bears.. where to begin?

    Cutler threw a pass that hit his lineman who was not eligible to touch the ball: should have been five yard penalty and loss of down for an illegal touch. (Doesn’t matter if he was facing the ball or not.)

    The officials blew a play dead when the Bears were offsides… it would have been a touchdown and should have been allowed to continue. (It was not unabated to the quarterback.

    On a crucial third down late in the game, the Packers were flagged for interference to extend the Bears’ drive. There was contact past five yards, but the receiver was looking for the ball and did not redirect the receiver. I suppose you could say, “Hey, the rule says no contact past five yards” but then…

    Last offensive play for the Packers, fourth down throw into the endzone, the Chicago defender is draped all over the receiver, before, during, and after the ball is thrown. Why no call there? Answer: Because the officials believe the rules are different the last play of the game. This needs to change. The rules should be the rules. If a guy tackles a guy early on the last play it should be the same as doing it on the first play.

    This seriously makes me not want to watch NFL games, because it’s becoming more like WWE all the time.

  6. Regarding: There was contact past five yards, but the receiver was looking for the ball and did not redirect the receiver. I suppose you could say, “Hey, the rule says no contact past five yards” but then…”

    Sorry, meant to say “the defender was looking for the ball and did not redirect the receiver..”

  7. In the first quarter of the Bears-Packers game, Walter Payton was called for holding on a Chicago punt return, despite being dead for 16 years. (Return team, Number 34)

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