Game ends on defensive pass inter...ception
Post updates: comments from former supervisor Jim Daopoulos and pool report with referee Clete Blakeman
With three seconds to go, down by 4, and with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the helm, you know that there is pending drama (video).
Brady was intercepted in the end zone
The latest media tape by Dean Blandino has been posted by the NFL, which we will use as the weekly training tape on unusual calls. The vice president of officiating discussed these calls:The clock remains stopped on penalties inside 2:00 of the first half and 5:00 of the second half.
The big call of the week was Tony Michalek's flag on a Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones.
Jones shoved his teammate into the Jets offensive line on an overtime field goal attempt [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]. "I'm sure the league would rather the first call in history of this rule would
U Dan Ferrell blamed for calls outside his keys
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has a complaint about a specific official he would like everyone to know about. As Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reported:
I was told by the referee — whatever judge he was — number 64 ...
The procedure for the assigning officials to playoff games will be slightly different this season.
In previous seasons, the league assigned the eight highest ranking crews to the first two rounds of the playoffs, rather than by individual merit. Individual crew members could be swapped out with the next highest ranked
In officiating circles, there is a saying among the deep officials (back judge, side judge, and field judge) that the game for them is 58 minutes of boredom and two minutes of sheer terror. For those officials, pass interference is one of those calls that contributes to that terror.
Week 5: Broncos at Chargers
There are grumblings in the Mile High City about the last-second desperation pass by Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. The pass landed incomplete, however, the Mile High Report is throwing a virtual flag for defensive pass interference.
Video of the play is on NFL.com.
Even though time expires during
Week 12: Colts at Chargers
An item that flew by our desk late last week that we are getting to now: Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, quoted in Friday morning's Indianapolis Star, said that the league admitted to a blown call in the game the previous Sunday.
An Eric Weddle interception of
Week 12: Buccaneers at Ravens
Tampa-based beat reporters witnessed an argument involving the Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and field judge Boris Cheek. Talib was upset at a pass interference call against fellow cornerback Myron Lewis (Update 11/29: NFL.com has video of the penalty) and apparently confronted Cheek after the game
Week 13: Ravens at Packers
The Ravens and Packers gave the spotlight to the officials on Monday Night Football, as both teams were assessed a combined 310 yards in penalties, tied for second all-time. The Ravens, while being penalized 175, managed to outdo the referees by 10 yards with 185 yards