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Packers say refs confused them in final seconds in loss to Steelers

Packers say officials told them to not snap ball before winding the clock (video) The Steelers-Packers Week 16 game had its fill of controversial plays, but the last play didn’t seem controversial – until today.  To set things up, the Packers were … Continue reading

Float like a butterfly…dodge like a ref

How NFL officials stay out of the way to preserve life and limb We’ve all seen it.  For the fans it is a funny sight but for anyone who has been knocked down by a football player always cringes when … Continue reading

The eyes have it

Officials double check with each other on tight and routine calls NFL officials each have a specific area and specific player or players to watch during each play.  But do you know that officials also watch each other during a … Continue reading

Can umpire make calls for referee?

Since the umpire is in the backfield, I wondered if the umpire is now permitted make calls that historically fall within the referee’s purview.
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Official turns back to potential tinderbox

Week 1: Packers at 49ers There were many controversies between the Packers and 49ers, but one of the more minor disagreements in the game could have erupted into a major fracas partly due to a lack of observation and game … Continue reading