NFL Admits Officials Blew It On Yet Another Potentially Game-Changing Call
The headline that begins with the words "NFL Admits" is starting to become a little too familiar these days. It's all well and good that the NFL is willing to come out and acknowledge when they or their officials have made a mistake, but it seems like they're required to do so at a rate that is exponentially higher than it should be.
Here are some headlines from around the internet just since the start of 2016:
Those are all in reference to separate incidences, and are just the ones I lazily grabbed from a quick Google search. It's been obvious for a few years now that the NFL has an egregious officiating problem that continues to cost teams potential wins. On Monday night during ESPN's national prime time broadcast of the Seahawks vs. the Bills, the referees were at it again.
Here's the play that came into question just before the end of the first half:
The NFL has since admitted that Richard Sherman should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness for that low, targeted hit on Dan Carpenter's knees as he lined up to attempt a 53-yard-field goal to close out the second quarter.
Instead, the officials only called Sherman for being offsides. With no timeouts remaining and their kicker down on the ground in pain, the Bills were charged with an injury timeout; therefore forcing Carpenter to sit out a play. Bills head coach Rex Ryan called for the ball to be spiked on the next possession so that Carpenter could return to the field, but then the Bills were unfairly flagged for delay of game just before he made a 48-yard field goal.
When all was said and done, the attempt was from 53-yards out and Carpenter missed it. Not only was it a shame at the time, but those three points turned out to be crucial. The Bills lost the game 31-25 after they drove into the redzone but failed to convert on their final fourth down attempt. Had they instead been down 31-28, they'd have undoubtedly opted to kick a field goal there rather than try for the touchdown; potentially extending the game and changing the outcome.
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