Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by PatrickWillisHOF:
Bradshaw play: They blew the whistle AFTER he fumbled. WTF was that? That play kills me.....
Crabtree play: Yes, the defender lead with his helmet, but I am ok with the no call on this one.
Brooks: Garbage call. In the current NFL, a big hit will draw a flag, no matter if it is legal or not. If it looks like a violent hit, the flag will come out.
What people fail to forget too is that the next game (Superbowl), the exact same thing happened and the ref DIDN'T blow the whistle so quickly and therefore, the play was reviewable and IIRC, ruled a fumble.
Whitner has been called for how many (incorrect) personal fouls for blows to the head? Yet this was a TEXTBOOK call...a defender leading with the crown of his helmet and LAUNCHING himself up into the facemask of a defensless player. This is the rule to a T. AND it was right in front of the ref on the sideline. We obviously don't even need to mention a textbook holding call either on the final pass play where Sports Science proved that had Crabtree not been held, not only could he have caught it easily but would have had to slow down to do so. And how about the organization of an entire officiating crew NOT to call one single holding on the safety play by the Ravens. To me, that reeks of organization. No need to rehash the shoving of the ref, the body hold on Miller on the return TD or the critical (one-sided) P.I. called on Culliver either.
Neck Gate...people forget that despite MP claiming this is called "10 out of 10 times" the exact same thing happened the following week in the Saints/Falcons game where Ryan was blasted in the face. No call.
So for those folks who want to say these things happen all the time and chalk it up to poor officiating, please show me ONE team that has been more screwed by critical calls/non-calls like this at the most crucial times of games in three straight playoffs...all contributing to losses.
PS: This is not to dismiss the fact that we STILL should have overcome these things but to dismiss them b/c of that is pointless. In all four cases, we were STILL in position to win and like Bowman said, critical calls like that at critical junctures of the game are absolutely deflating.
Excellent post. Exactly. We have been screwed by some horrible calls the last three years at VERY critical moments that could have and most likely would have determined the games. Terrible Calls or non calls went against and there went the game.
Originally posted by lucky_49:
Originally posted by Janitor:
I'm more upset about this one from the SB, because it isn't a judgement call, it's black and white.
Lol, rembember when justin smith kind of brushed a ref's hand away and got ejected?
Lol yup. In this case Carey Williams fully extends his arms and shoves the ref back three yards. In the chargers game where Justin Smith got ejected, the ref initiated the contact and was shoving his elbow into Justin Smith, Smith simply swiped his arm away thinking it was another player and then gets ejected. Lol now tell me how the f**k that works?