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Seahawks screwed after referees miss blatant 49ers pass interference on 3rd-and-goal

49ers pass interference

The NFL referees and booth missed a blatant pass interference committed by the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the Niners’ 26-21 win over Seattle on Sunday night to clinch the NFC West.

The Seahawks had a 3rd-and-goal from the six with 15 seconds left, needing a touchdown to take the lead and win the division. Russell Wilson looked to Jacob Hollister but passed incomplete. Hollister couldn’t believe there was no penalty flag thrown since he was so obviously held by Fred Warner.

Even though the referees on the field missed the defensive holding/pass interference, there was a chance for the booth to review the play.

“He’s clearly got him grabbed, significantly hindering the receiver. This should be a booth review. I’m surprised they have not stopped the game,” said NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay.

Despite McAulay believing the league should have stepped in, nobody did, and the game went to fourth down. Wilson threw to Hollister again, who came up just short of the goal line.

Many pointed out that the NFL instituted the new rule over the offseason so that the league could step in and overturn badly missed calls, such as this one, and the one that hurt the Saints last season.

Yet again, the Saints were screwed by a missed pass interference call. Because the 49ers won, New Orleans got pushed down to the three seed. They would have been the two seed if Seattle won. Seattle also now drops to the five seed and will visit the Eagles in the wild-card round.

Referee mistake on Derek Carr slide costs Raiders in loss to Jaguars

Derek Carr slide

The referees cost the Oakland Raiders at the end of their home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The Raiders blew a 16-3 lead and lost 20-16 on a touchdown by the Jags with 31 seconds left. Their comeback cause was aided by a bad call by the refs.

The Raiders had a second-and-9 at the Jacksonville 46 with 2:12 left and Derek Carr scrambled towards the right sideline for a gain of 12 and first down. After picking up the first, Carr made the heads-up decision to slide inbounds, which should have kept the clock rolling until the 2-minute warning. Instead, the refs botched the call and said Carr was out of bounds, which stopped the clock with 2:05 left, forcing the Raiders to run another play before the 2-minute warning. The decision essentially gave the Jags another timeout and saved them nearly a minute in game clock.

Jon Gruden tried to challenge that Carr was out of bounds, but he was told that was not something that could be challenged, so he lost a timeout. The Raiders were also penalized for delay of game.

Instead of having the ball 1st-and-10 at the Jaguars 31 with two minutes left and Jacksonville only being able to stop the clock once with a timeout, the Raiders had a 1st-and-15 at the Jaguars 36 with 2:05 left, and the Jags had the 2-minute warning and a timeout.

The Raiders ran the ball on first down, then there was the 2-minute warning. They ran on second down, and the Jags used a timeout. Then facing a third and long with 1:55 left, the Raiders passed the ball and threw incomplete. They had two tries at a field goal due to a penalty, missed both attempts, and the Jags got the ball back at their 35 with 1:44 left.

Had Carr correctly been ruled down in the field (when a player slides to give themselves up, the ball is spotted where the player begins the slide), the Raiders would have had first down after the 2-minute warning. They would have been able to run on first, second, and third down before attempting the field goal, and the Jags would have likely only gotten the ball back with around 45-50 seconds left.

Oakland benefited from a bad spot in a win over Cleveland last year. This time around, they were on the negative end.

Combine this ending with this being the final home game for the Raiders at the Coliseum, and you can understand why Raiders fans were so rowdy after the loss.

Sean Payton did NOT want to talk about officiating after Saints’ loss

Sean Payton

The New Orleans Saints suffered a very difficult loss in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, and the impact of the loss showed in Sean Payton’s postgame press conference.

One major controversy in the game came on a fake punt play, in which Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith was clearly held by Tarvarius Moore of the 49ers. However, pass interference cannot be called on a punt play, which meant no penalty was called — and no challenge was allowed.

That left Payton furious. When asked about it after the game, he immediately shut down all questions about officiating.

That call didn’t cost the Saints the game — they gave up 46 points and failed to get off the field late in the fourth quarter on a key 4th and 2 play.

Given the team’s history with pass interference calls, it’s easy to see why he just wouldn’t entertain the conversation after a difficult defeat.

Watch: Referees miss false start before Ohio State touchdown

Garrett Wilson Ohio State false start

The referees on Saturday night’s Big Ten Championship Game somehow missed an obvious false start on what turned out to be Ohio State’s go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

Just before Justin Fields threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Hill, Garrett Wilson lost his footing and completely moved.

Ohio State should have been pushed back five yards, but the refs missed it and didn’t call it.

Ohio State ended up taking a 24-21 lead on the play. After falling behind 14-0 and 21-7 at halftime, the Buckeyes stormed back in the second half and began dominating Wisconsin, scoring 24 straight points as of early in the fourth quarter.

Did Cincinnati get away with 12 men on field for critical fourth down?

Cincinnat 10 field

Memphis Tigers fans are livid over the officiating in Saturday’s AAC Championship.

Memphis was leading 23-21 and trying to defend against Cincinnati as the Bearcats had a critical 4th-and-1. Cincinnati pushed forward on a quarterback sneak and was given a first down by the officials, but there’s more to the story.

The officials said they would review the play for a possible 12 men on the field violation. They did not end up calling the 12 men on the field violation because they said there was no video evidence to support the call.

Cincinnati actually only appeared to have 10 players in the picture when they snapped the ball on the fourth down. There may have been some substitution confusion on the sideline out of the TV picture, but if anything, they appeared to have just 10 players involved in the play and still got the first down.

Between this issue and what happened on the punt return, Memphis fans have to be upset. But based on what I saw on TV, the too many men on the field claim does not seem to be too legitimate.

Sean Payton takes shot at referees over pass interference review

Sean Payton

Sean Payton took a shot at the NFL officials over a pass interference review at the end of Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers that went against his New Orleans Saints.

The Saints and Panthers were tied at 31 late in their game and Carolina had a 3rd-and-goal from the five. They threw an incompletion but challenged in hopes of getting the call overturned due to pass interference. Their hopes were answered as the NFL called pass interference on a replay review, giving the Panthers a fresh set of downs.

Perhaps “ball don’t lie” prevailed, because Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a chip shot field goal to end the possession and give New Orleans the ball. The Saints drove and kicked a field goal to win it 34-31.

After the game, Payton zinged the officials.

“New York” is a reference to the NFL’s replay center in New York, where challenges are reviewed.

The irony in the league deciding to overturn a pass interference call against the Saints, in New Orleans, and for a call like that, was so strong, especially since the rule came into effect because of an egregious call that went against them.

Lions screwed by referees’ penalty calls in MNF loss to Packers

Detroit Lions penalty calls

The Detroit Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers 23-22 on Monday night, and they seemed to be working against two opponents when one takes into account all the penalty calls that went against them. Detroit was hurt by some unbelievable penalty calls from the referees, not to mention a missed call.

There are three calls that came in the fourth quarter that all went Green Bay’s way and had an enormous impact on the game. Here they are in chronological order.

1. Trey Flowers called for illegal use of the hands with just over 10 minutes to go

Green Bay had a 3rd-and-10 and Aaron Rodgers was sacked. The sack would have forced a 4th-and-long and likely punt to Detroit with the Lions up 22-13 in the fourth quarter. Flowers only had his hand on the shoulder, not in the face. It was just a totally missed call.

The Packers ended up scoring a touchdown on the possession to make it 22-20.

2. Missed pass interference call

The Lions had the ball at their 41 leading 22-20 with 7:11 left. On a 2nd-and-6 play, Matthew Stafford threw deep to Marvin Jones Jr. Will Redmond mugged him but there was no pass interference call.

Detroit ended up punting.

3. Trey Flowers called for illegal use of the hands again

On 3rd-and-4 at the 16 with 1:36 left, Flowers was once again called. This gave the Packers a first down. It was a bad call.

Green Bay should have been forced into fourth down. Had they kicked to take the lead, the Lions would have had plenty of time to rally back for a field goal of their own. Instead, the Packers got to run down the clock and kick to win it.

All three plays — the two illegal use of the hands penalty calls, and the missed pass interference — hurt the Lions enormously in the game. Unfortunately, this sort of thing is nothing new for Lions fans.

Referees cost Saints time with wrongly applied runoff after review before halftime

Saints runoff

The referees in Monday night’s New Orleans Saints-Houston Texans game cost the Saints valuable time before halftime with a wrongly applied 10-second runoff.

The Saints were down 14-3 and had the ball at their 30 for a 3rd-and-17 with 48 seconds left in the first half. Drew Brees completed a long pass to Michael Thomas near the sideline for a first down. Thomas was down around 42 seconds.

Now here’s where things got cute.

The Saints were getting ready for their next play but the referees blew the whistle with 26 seconds left in the half so they could review the catch. The officials reviewed the play and decided the catch ruling was correct. Then they offered the Saints the choice of a 10-second runoff or losing a timeout. The Saints chose the runoff.

The problem is the officials ran 10 seconds off from the 26-second mark, which is when they decided to review the play, rather than at the 42-second mark when the play was over.

The Saints ended up with a 1st-and-10 at their 47 with 16 seconds left instead of 32 seconds left. New Orleans threw an incompletion then completed a 15-yard pass to Thomas. They set up a 56-yard field goal try with four seconds left and missed it.

FOX NFL rules expert Mike Pereira knew right away a mistake had been made, as did some Saints fans.

Late in the fourth quarter, ESPN’s announcing team revisited the play and pointed out the mistake. The extra time likely would have allowed the Saints an extra play opportunity to give them potentially a closer field goal try.

NBA ref Ron Garretson arrested for DUI after crashing into tree

Longtime NBA referee Ron Garretson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he sustained injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Arizona this week.

According to a Lake Havasu City Police Department report obtained by ABC 15, Garretson was arrested on Wednesday after officers responded to a call of his Jeep Wrangler crashing head-on into a tree near an intersection. When police questioned Garretson, he told them he circled around and someone hit him. They said his story did not make sense and he appeared to be intoxicated.

One of the arresting officers said Garretson introduced himself twice and “kept repeating things to me that he had already said.” Police said he smelled of alcohol and admitted to having “a beer and a shot” at a cigar bar. When told he could refuse field sobriety tests, Garretson said he is an NBA ref who is “in great shape” and offered to take the tests. Both tests were cut short because he had trouble balancing.

Garretson was treated by paramedics at the scene for swelling on his head and blood on his arms and legs, but he refused to be taken to a hospital. He was arrested and taken into custody, where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.192 and 0.195, which is more than twice the legal limit.

As we have shown you with some athletes getting popped for DUI in Arizona in the past, the state has what is known as an “extreme DUI” law. Garretson’s BAC met the minimum threshold for extreme DUI, and his bond was set at $4,500.

Garretson has been an NBA ref for 32 seasons and worked more than 2,000 games.

Referees cost Auburn by missing Ty Jerome double-dribble violation

Virginia double dribble

Two incidents at the end of the Auburn-Virginia Final Four game on Saturday both went against the Tigers, costing them a win and chance at playing for the national championship.

The first call that didn’t go their way occurred when Virginia guard Ty Jerome dribbled the ball off his foot before crossing halfcourt and picking it back up.

Double-dribble should have been called, which would have been a turnover and given the ball to Auburn up 62-60. That probably would have sealed things in their favor.

The next call that went against them came when Samir Doughty was called for fouling Kyle Guy on a 3-point attempt with a second left.

That call put Guy at the line for three attempts, all of which he made. Virginia ended up winning 63-62 to improbably advance to Monday night’s championship.

Even Auburn fan Charles Barkley agreed with the foul call, but the missed double-dribble really hurt Auburn and cost them dearly. That’s a tough way to lose.