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Sometimes a safety is just a safety

AFC Divisional Playoff: Colts at Patriots When the snap sails over the punter’s head and out the back of the end zone, all of us have the same first reaction:  safety.  However this season we saw many instances of bizarre rulings, rare rule applications, and rule misapplications, so now more than ever we are beginning…

Chippy games can make officials look bad

Cheffers’ divisional playoff crew in a near no-win situation NFC Divisional Playoff: 49ers at Panthers The divisional playoff game last week between the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers was a frustrating game to watch through the eyes of an official as both teams were determined to use physical and emotional intimidation to defeat…

Coaches’ challenge sinks some top teams

Is the coach’s challenge system the advantage that separates the master tacticians from the also-rans? This season that is not the case: not only did only four playoff teams fare better than even, but three teams that beat the house fired their coaches. In fact, all but one of the teams earning a first-round bye…