Super Bowl XLVIII Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of Super Bowl XLVIII from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet…
by Mark Schultz •
It was a great weekend of football, and the conference championship officiating crews did well by their respective games. 1. Umpire Bill Schuster had the game of his life Number 129 was everywhere Sunday night. He jumped in between potential combatants, dug to the bottom of fumble scrums, hustled to get the ball back in…
AFC Conference Championship Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Patriots-Broncos conference championship from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this…
by David Root •
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…
by Mark Schultz •
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…
In a bizarre sequence leading to halftime, a 49ers incomplete pass from the 1-yard line to the corner of the end zone becomes a touchdown in replay, the coach is assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the play actually should have started from the 6 because the 49ers had 12 men in the huddle. Or,…
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NFC Divisional Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Saints-Seahawks Divisional Playoff game from CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet…
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 are in the bottom five in red-flag success, with those teams combining in a 2-for-15 success rate.
The Ravens’ John Harbaugh saw a dozen calls he didn’t like, but he also had the most reversals (tied with four other coaches). Cowboys coach Jason Garrett followed up his 5-for-5 season in 2012 with an “oh-fer” on two replay challenges.
The percentage of overturns that are on reviews initiated by the replay official are shown about two-thirds down the list at 38%. Of course, there is no disadvantage for the replay official to be wrong (loss of timeout), nor is the replay booth limited in the number of challenges.
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Totals including replay official: 186/421, .442. *- Qualified for 2013 playoffs. †No longer with team. Source: NFL game statistics, regular season only. Image: NFL coaches at the offseason owners meeting; Bill Belichick and Sean Payton are not pictured (NFL handout photo/Brian McCarthy).