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Officiating video: Blandino breaks down 3 Super Bowl LI calls

NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino broke down three calls from Super Bowl LI in his weekly video for the media.

The first play is a potential pass/fumble with special forward fumble rule implications. The first play after the two-minute warning in the second quarter, there was a potential pass-fumble play. Referee Carl Cheffers ruled it a pass reception. Had it been a fumble, the ball would return  to the spot of the fumble as only the fumbling player can recover and advance a fumble on fourth down or in the last two minutes of a half.

The second play involved timing at the end of the third quarter. The officials flagged the Patriots  for delay of game. Some asked why the clock expired without an untimed down or why the clock didn’t start on the snap. Blandino explained that the clock starts on the snap after an offensive foul only in the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.

On the third play, Blandino breaks down the overtime touchdown. He said the instant replay official properly informed the crew that he wanted to take a look at the play and replay official Tom Sifferman was correct in confirming the touchdown call.

Blandino did not explain any other judgment calls from the game.  

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Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"

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6 thoughts on “Officiating video: Blandino breaks down 3 Super Bowl LI calls

  1. Could I suggest that a game ending score should not be called on the field. Instead, the referees should huddle and confer, make their call in private, wait for any review, and only when all that is complete, announce the score to the stadium. That would prevent situations where it is difficult to continue the game if the call is overturned.

  2. The problem with that Alan is that the call was correct on the field….so why delay a great, and more importantly, a correct call?

  3. No disrespect but Blandino needs to go. Never officiated in his life and he is in charge of the officials. Maybe he stayed at the Holiday Inn express last night. It’s a joke certainly way more qualified people out there than him for that job. Just my opinion.

  4. I came here for that end of the third quarter explanation. That seems ridiculous because say it was early fourth quarter, the falcons could have kept taking delay of game penalties, running time off until 5 minutes left???!!! If that’s really the rule, dumb dumb dumb af.

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