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Roundtable: ‘Communication breakdown’ drives Colts insane on Bengals drive to ruin

Snowy conditions make one grade inconclusive Football Zebras Roundtable As the snow blew through four games this weekend, there were a flurry of close, questionable, and controversial calls. To help us understand the Week 14 calls, former officiating supervisors Larry Upson and Jim Daopoulos took a look at a few plays. It does not look…

2 reasons why Le’Veon Bell helmet-less TD can never be TD

Player safety must trump exceptions to the rule During the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night football game, the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell was lunging toward the goal line when he was hit with a devastating blow from the Ravens, knocking his helmet off.  Bell maintained consciousnesses long enough to fall across the goal line with the ball.  The officials…

Official Review: line to gain, hits on QB kneeldown

NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino has two items in this week’s “Official Review” segment (video): The review of a spot in the Patriots-Falcons game that was deemed inconclusive Why the hit on Bills quarterback  E.J. Manuel by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was illegal, even though Manuel was considered a live target. Even though Suggs’…

To flag or not to flag? Pereira and Daopoulos try to answer the question

Pereira and Daopoulos break down Super Bowl XLVII Did the Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith hold the San Francisco 49ers Michael Crabtree on that last gasp fourth and goal?  Did Crabtree push-off of Smith?  Were the officials correct in not throwing a flag on either player?  Two former NFL officials and officiating supervisors are of two…

NFL ref experts break down divisional playoffs

Pereira and Daopoulos disagree on the Peyton Manning fumble/tuck rule As has been the case all season, former NFL vice president for officiating Mike Pereira and former NFL official and officiating supervisor Jim Daopoulos talked about the correct, incorrect, and strange calls in last weekend’s divisional playoffs. Pereira, who is an officiating expert for FOX…

Catching up: Pereira gives high praise to wild card crews

Former NFL vice president for officiating and current Fox Sports officiating expert, Mike Pereira, gave high marks to the wild card crews.  Pereira says even though the officials had many difficult calls to make, the officials got them right and were not part of the game story. Pereira broke down three plays.  He lauded the…