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Saturday, December 14, 2019

DeAndre Hopkins pass interference no-call somehow upheld upon review

NFL officials continue to prove that they are almost completely unwilling to change a pass interference call or no-call that has been made on the field, and we saw another example on Sunday that illustrated how ineffective the review system has been.

Early in the first half of the Texans-Ravens game, DeAndre Hopkins appeared to be blatantly hooked in the end zone by Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey. No flag was thrown, so Bill O’Brien challenged the no-call. Here’s a video of the play:

Humphrey clearly grabbed Hopkins’ jersey first and then appeared to hook him before the ball got there, but apparently that was not enough indisputable evidence for the call on the field to be overturned.

Officials refusing to overturn pass interference calls has been a theme all year, and it is clear the league only made such plays reviewable to avoid a complete disaster like the one we had in the NFC Championship Game last year. At this rate, it would not be a surprise if pass interference was not reviewable next year.



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