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4 thoughts on “Week 2 officiating field report”
Officials miss an egregious delay of game on Seattle’s field goal attempt, then compound their failure to accomplish a simple task by calling the Steelers for a foul on a play that should never have happened. Instead of backing the Seahawks up five yards in a stadium that’s notoriously difficult to kick in, the Seahawks are gifted a first down and half the distance, then score a TD on the next play.
It’s just incredible how many bad (non)calls directly give TDs to Steelers opponents. Saints got three last year. Chargers two.
Al Riveron doesn’t disappoint with an incredibly weak DPI call via replay. The problem is that TJ Watt was, again, blatantly held in space while pursuing Wilson with no flag thrown. It should have been offsetting penalties at worst, no DPI at best. Either 2nd and 20 or 3rd and 20. Instead it’s 38 yards and a first down, followed by another officiating gifted TD to the Seahawks. That makes two. It’s shocking how one-sided this is.
I was watching the MIN@GB game live and was surprised they took a break to review the TD; after watching Riveron’s video several times (which was published *very* quickly after the play) I find the call to be even more absurd than I did in real-time. I’d certainly understand the call standing IF it had been called on the field, but to say it’s “clear and obvious” such that a flag should be retroactively dropped — I’m just not sure if we’re watching the same tape.
In the same game, 4th quarter, Cousins throws a poorly-advised pass up for grabs in the endzone — in real-time it appears that it may have been intercepted, but the ball quickly squirts out on the ground at the conclusion of the play.
After watching this play back a number of times now, I’m quite surprised that they did not go into an extended/replay review session for the play, due to the turnover: both to see if it was a catch by the defender, and to examine the play for either offensive/defensive PI.
The broadcasters quickly mentioned that the ruling had been ‘Confirmed’ and play continued; that outcome was somewhat surprising, I think you could make a decent argument for defensive PI, and the catch itself I expected to have been ruled however it was on the field / non-conclusive evidence (and perhaps I’m not up-to-date on the latest catch requirements WRT maintaining possession).
Who blew the whistle on the Jared Goff fumble?
Penalize them severely.
Egregious error. The officials are specifically taught not to blow the whistle on these type of plays.
As a fan – This is getting tiresome. Happening way too often.
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