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Wild Card liveblog: Raiders at Texans

2016 AFC Wild Card Playoff

Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game from NRG Stadium in Houston.

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Today’s crew is headed by Ron Torbert.

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 7   Michigan State attorney
U 40 Butch Hannah 18 Anderson Middle Tennessee State retired federal probation officer
HL 74 Derick Bowers 14 Coleman East Central sales representative
LJ 68 Tom Stephan 18 McAulay Pittsburg State business broker
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 20 Wrolstad Hofstra attorney
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 9 Hussey Auburn realtor
BJ 83 Shawn Hochuli 3 Allen Claremont financial advisor
  • Replay: Billy Smith
  • Alternates: Fred Bryan (U), Walt Coleman IV (SJ), Greg Meyer (BJ)

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20177:54 pm

Houston 27-14, final

Penalties, 17. Houston 6/65 (+1declined, 1 offset), Oakland 8/62 (+1 offset).

Replays, 1. Oakland challenge (confirmed).

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20177:27 pm

8:22 | 4th qtr. Defensive pass interference call on Houston’s Johnathan Joseph leads to an Oakland touchdown on the following play. The ball is underthrown, but contact is made and Joseph never turns back to locate the ball.

Ben Austro Ben Austro January 7, 20177:27 pm
8:14 | 4th qtr. Raiders TD — Andre Holmes 8 yd. run (Sebastian Janikowski kick). HOU 27-14 key
Ben Austro Ben Austro January 7, 20177:13 pm
12:28 | 4th qtr. Texans TD — Brock Osweiler 1 yd. run (Nick Novak kick). HOU 27-7 key
Mark Schultz Mark Schultz January 7, 20177:12 pm

13:09 | 4th qtr. Good pass interference call on the Raiders. While there was hand checking on both sides, the extra arm bar and jersey tug as the receiver went up to get the ball prompted the flag.

Mark Schultz Mark Schultz January 7, 20177:05 pm

End 3rd qtr.

A bit of a ragged end to the third quarter, but very well officiated game so far. Torbert’s crew is working well together with a nice mix of veterans and newer officials. Expect more big assignments to Torbert in the coming years.

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20177:04 pm

:42 | 3rd qtr. A running into the kicker foul on Houston’s Whitney Mercilus negates a punt return touchdown. Good call on the play, as Mercilus contacted punter Marquette King’s kicking leg only.

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20176:10 pm

Houston 20-7, halftimekey

Penalties, 3. Houston 1/10 (+1 declined, 1 offset), Oakland 2/10 (+1 offset).

Replays, 1. Incomplete pass (confirmed). key


Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20176:10 pm

1:07 | 2nd qtr. Oakland offensive lineman Rodney Hudson was injured on a third down play with the clock running. In this instance, Oakland was charged their third and final team timeout due to an offensive injury under two minutes.

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20176:05 pm

1:24 | 2nd qtr. Houston touchdown — Deandre Hopkins 2yd pass from Brock Osweiler (kick good). HOU 20-7.

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20176:03 pm

3:07 | 2nd qtr. A foul at the snap by Houston’s punt team, an illegal shift, offset a holding foul by Oakland during the return. Referee Ron Torbert has to talk to Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio because Oakland can elect to decline the illegal shift and keep the ball, or choose to enforce both, force an offset, and replay the down.

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20175:37 pm

8:48 | 2nd qtr. Houston field goal — Nick Novak 38yd. HOU 13-7.key

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20175:17 pm

1:06 | 1st qtr. Oakland touchdown — Latavius Murray 5yd run (kick good). HOU 10-7.key

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20175:08 pm

4:48 | 1st qtr. Oakland challenge — Oakland incomplete pass review. Call confirmed.

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20174:58 pm

6:20 | 1st qtr. Houston touchdown — Lamar Miller 5yd run (kick good). HOU 10-0.key

Cameron Filipe Cameron Filipe January 7, 20174:52 pm

8:04 | 1st qtr. Houston field goal — Nick Novak 50yd. HOU 3-0.key

Ben Austro Ben Austro January 7, 20172:19 pm


Ben Austro Ben Austro January 7, 201712:39 pm

Ron Torbert is in his 7th season and 3rd as referee. This is his 5th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 2 Divisional Playoffs; he has received a playoff assignment in every year he was eligible.

1 comment for “Wild Card liveblog: Raiders at Texans

  1. Herb Shultis
    January 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I’m astounded at the lack of mention or criticism of Torbert and crew. This was a horribly officiated game. A well officiated game according to Schultz? You must not have watched much. Missed calls, bad calls, many against Oakland. Gives Raider fans fodder for their beef with the NFL and this time they are right. In 4th quarter Cook took a blow to the head and a face mask on the same play with no call. And it was not a continuous action but two separate actions within the play and neither was called. Cook was visibly isolated and the penalties were obvious. There are more examples but why bother. Your site basically just gave a play-by-play of the game with no scrutiny of the work of the officials. I can get play-by-play anywhere. There were several PI and defensive holding calls that were missed or called wrong. The PI on Amerson giving Houston the ball at the one leading to their last TD? Hopkins had hands extended while holding Amerson firmly with his left hand and then pushing off and it’s PI against Oakland? Rivera of oakland was just called for an invisible offensive PI yet the Amerson call was called on the wrong player. Where is your objectivity and criticism of poor performance by officials? The officials are a big big part of the declining ratings in the NFL. I’m embarrassed for officials and referees of all kinds of which I was once one. Integrity and the NFL clearly don’t go together.

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