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5 thoughts on “Quick calls: Week 15 liveblog”
How about an explanation of the picked up block in the back call early in the Ravens – Bucs game? I’m not sure of the timing of it, and it might not show in the play-by-play as the flag was picked up.
In the PHI @ LAR game, a PHI ball carrier was tackled in the field of play with 2:43 left in the 4th quarter. The play clock did not start counting down until 2:38. This allowed PHI to run their next play on the other side of the 2 minute warning and effectively allowed PHI to run an extra 40 seconds off the game clock.
One issue with the Patriots downed punt that was reviewed. Obviously it was a great save by the coverage team, but the ball clearly should have been spotted at the two as Mark noted. It was spotted both live and after review at the one yard line. That’s a pretty significant discrepancy when even a small distance can be the difference that creates a safety.
Another call that ended up not really making a difference but was abysmally handled was the Patriots fumble recovered by Pittsburgh. They seemed to indicate down by contact and actually announced over the microphone that was the call on the field. The Steelers then threw the challenge flag for what would have been an easy challenge win. The referee then announced a different call on the field, forward progress stopped, which makes the play unreviewable. The optics are terrible because it looks like the call was changed after the Steelers had already challenged.
The false start/neutral zone infraction miss is really, really bad. I’m not sure how McAulay is calling it close. The ball was on a yard line and the defender clearly stepped right next to the ball. I’m not sure how no official saw that, but there’s no excuse for it.
Last play in Patriots at Steelers, how do refs miss the DL ripping the helmet off the Patriots center?
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