This week’s officiating video for the media from officiating vice president Dean Blandino covers what appears to be this season’s most difficult calls (video download).
As we broke down on Sunday, the fourth-quarter punt return by the Lions was negated by a replay of a Cardinals possession at the goal line.
Football Zebras Roundtable
We asked our officiating roundtable to review the Patriots game-winning touchdown for a possible holding foul and a Washington punt with an interesting recovery. Helping us interpret the call are two former officiating supervisors, Jim Daopoulos and Larry Upson. They were responsible for reviewing game film each week
1st quarter | 9:00 remaining | No score | Patriots ball | 1st & 10 @ NE 6 | video
It does not happen often, particularly in the big game. Any time the enforcement of a spot foul is behind the offense's own goal line, the result of the play is
Week 3: Packers at Bears
4th quarter | 1:09 remaining | video.
The Packers and Bears have played each other 183 times, dating back to 1921. Surely this series has seen it all.
No one saw that Bears returner Johnny Knox actually caught the punt rather than Devin Hester, who simulated a catch,
Did a referee drop a call like the ball in Times Square? Let us know in the comments. Referee assignments are listed after the jump.
Cowboys at Eagles. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett attempted to challenge the spot of the ball in relation to a first down. Referee Tony Corrente disallowed
With an unbelievable amount of candor, referee Bill Leavy admitted that he made game-changing mistakes when he officiated Super Bowl XL in February 2006—mistakes that helped propel the Steelers over the Seahawks.
It was immediately branded as one of the worst called Super Bowls in history. The Seattle Times ran a
Week 1: Titans at Steelers
The Tenneseean is reporting Titans coach Jeff Fisher will send a tape to the league office alleging an uncalled holding penalty on the Steelers that would have resulted in a safety. Titans defensive end Javon Kearse was grabbed by Steelers lineman Willie Colon in the end
Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers vs. Cardinals
The team safety awarded to the Cardinals — by virtue of the holding penalty enforced in the end zone — was the sixth safety in Super Bowl history. But, it was the first due to penalty.