Late in Minnesota’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens during Sunday’s early round of games, the Vikings thought they had the game finally wrapped up. A Joe Flacco pass had been intercepted, and without enough times out to save the clock, the Vikings could have took a few knees, ending the game.
But then, just when the Vikings were ready to celebrate a hard-fought victory, the officials took it away, calling a very touchy pass interference penalty that would set up the Ravens for their winning touchdown. It was a punch in the gut for a team that’s experienced little success this season.
Earlier in the day, the Bengals were awarded a touchdown on a play that seemed clear cut. On the play, BenJarvus Green-Ellis seemed to be tripped up by a Colts defender. Although he stretched for the goal line as he fell to the ground, his knees were clearly down before the ball broke the plane of the endzone. As fate would have it, Jeff Triplette, the referee that was blasted for his crew’s poor handling of the down and distance late in the Giants’ victory over the Redskins just a week ago.
With questionable, or in some cases downright terrible, calls flooding through the NFL each week, we have to wonder if the NFL can do better. Is there anything the league could do to ensure that its officials get the call right more often?no comments