Dear Commissioner Goodell:
This weekend the San Francisco 49ers will play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game for the right to advance to the Superbowl. The NFL community (ie. players, coaches and fans) are discovering a disturbing trend that any NFC West fan has know for at least three seasons that could directly affect the outcome of the upcoming championship game.
The Seattle Seahawks defensive backs are not playing within the confines of the NFL rulebook and are not being penalized for their renegade style of play.
When one team is afforded certain allowances that other teams are not given it takes away from the competitive spirit of the game which in turn takes away from the entertainment value of the game. The NFL is experiencing record ticket sales and TV viewership. If it were widely known that certain teams were favored or that game outcomes were predetermined I am certain the popularity of the NFL would plummet.
Casual fans, drive-by fans, hard-core fans, current players, coaches and commentators are all talking about the illegal holding and pass interference that the Seattle defensive backs are getting away with. When will the NFL and its referees put a stop to this? I know that Seattle is the most penalized team in football when it comes to defensive pass interference and the third most penalized team when it comes to defensive holding. They are certainly not being penalized frequently enough if the renegade style of play they practice continues.
As a life-long fan of the National Football League I would ask you to be a good steward of the game and put a stop to the antics of the Seahawks and allow us, the fans, to watch a truly level playing field in this weekend's championship game. Win or lose we simply ask for a fair competition.