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Pereira: Officials "lucky" that Ravens missed field goal

At the end of regulation in Sunday’s Ravens-Steelers game, the officials gave Baltimore a break by spotting the ball five yards ahead of where it should have been after Ravens guard Ben Grubbs recovered a Joe Flacco fumble that rolled five yards forward.

Now Vice President of officiating Mike Pereira is saying his crew dodged a bullet when the Ravens missed the subsequent field goal.

“Seems simple, and certainly, we messed it up by not putting it back to
the spot of the fumble,” Pereira said on NFL Network’s Total Access. “And better to be lucky sometimes than good:
The field goal was short.”

The rule is fairly simple, and Pereira explained it: “Inside of two minutes, or on a fourth-down play, or on a try [point after touchdown], only the fumbling player can recover and keep the advance. Otherwise, any other player that recovers — any other teammate that recovers — it goes back to the spot of the fumble.”

In defense of his officials Pereira pointed out that the play happened while both teams were furiously trying to get the right personnel on the field for the field goal attempt.

“It was chaos,” Pereira said. “It was chaos to the nth degree. I understand why they missed it. It’s no excuse. So much happened on the play.”

Pereira said that referee Ed Hochuli should have thrown his bean bag when Flacco fumbled to mark the spot where the fumble occurred. And he also said that his officials hustled to get the special K-ball on the field for the field goal attempt, but that in the future he’d rather have his officials focusing on getting the spot right rather than getting a different ball on the field.

If such a situation happens again, Pereira said, “We’re forgetting the kicking ball. We’re gonna kick with what we’re playing with.”

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25 Responses to “Pereira: Officials "lucky" that Ravens missed field goal”
  1. Brooklyn Eagle says: Dec 3, 2009 12:05 PM

    While I appreciate Pereira’s weekly candor, it really shouldn’t be needed every week. These officials need to be full time, and to be held accountable. I don’t need to get to know Hochuli. If there’s a better official that’s hungrier and wants his spot, let’s get that new guy in there who’ll do the job right.

  2. shinsnake says: Dec 3, 2009 12:07 PM

    Perhaps by lucky, they meant that if the refs kept the Ravens from attempting the field goal, Ray Lewis would have stabbed them?
    Relax Ravens fans, it’s just a joke, I know Ray Lewis didn’t stab anyone and yes I realize the irony that I type this behind the safety of the internet…where Ray Ray can’t stab me either.

  3. Hap says: Dec 3, 2009 12:14 PM

    How were they lucky ? Did one of the officiating crew win the lottery due to the bad spot ?
    Oh, lucky they don’t have to deal with “the wrath of Pereira” .
    I wonder if they feel lucky. How ’bout some numbers, guys ?

  4. SheHateMe says: Dec 3, 2009 12:16 PM

    To shinsnake:
    I’d rather offend Ray Lewis than Marvin Harrison. He would have shot me.

  5. Bob S. says: Dec 3, 2009 12:17 PM

    What does he mean “they were lucky”?(para.)
    Was the NFL going to fire them?

  6. davidc45629 says: Dec 3, 2009 12:17 PM

    I remember the play that caused this rule change. The chicken’s reaction was classic..still makes me laugh to this day.

  7. YaheRRdme says: Dec 3, 2009 12:18 PM

    In Reality, they robbed the Ravens of Hail Mary chance… no way they try a FG from another 5 yards out.

  8. rjgreen3 says: Dec 3, 2009 12:21 PM

    Pereira and the whole officiating crew would have lost their jobs if that kick would have been good! The NFL rarely gives the Ravens a break!

  9. Frank Burns says: Dec 3, 2009 12:22 PM

    But of course, as we all know, the Steelers NEVER have calls go against them. Right morons?

  10. Ravens Fan says: Dec 3, 2009 12:22 PM

    What a great victory, don’t you think Squeeler fans? Squeelers in 3rd place in the AFC North, just ahead of the Clowns.

  11. pwoeckener says: Dec 3, 2009 12:25 PM

    Is that what we are reduced to shinsnake? Defending and explaining our humor prior to anyone actually commenting on it?
    What a sad state of affairs when we can’t make some crude sarcastic joke and have anyone laugh at it anymore. We’re so serious that we’ve become a nation of apologists who are worried about what everyone else thinks about them.
    Speak the truth man, make the joke, and let it breath as it sees fit. And if you have to explain yourself, then it probably wasn’t worth putting out there to begin with. Just saying.

  12. shinsnake says: Dec 3, 2009 12:31 PM

    SheHateMe No question, definitely more dangerous. Infinitely more so than offending Plaxico Burress, who poses only a danger to shooting himself.

  13. Merriman's Dealer says: Dec 3, 2009 12:31 PM

    …”officials hustled to get the special K-ball on the field for the field goal attempt, but that in the future he’d rather have his officials focusing on getting the spot right rather than getting a different ball on the field.
    If such a situation happens again, Pereira said, “We’re forgetting the kicking ball. We’re gonna kick with what we’re playing with.”…
    I believe the K-ball rule should be adapted to suit the situation in the last 2 minutes of a half or game. If there is a situation where a team has to rush to kick a FG the official should just place the standard ball at spot and let the play resume. And I mean rush, as in like the kick team is rushing on the field as well. 10-12 seconds left to go with no common sense way to stop the clock.
    Unless there is a dead ball situation (ie; Timeout, spike, out of bounds) the officials shouldnt waste seconds of time trying to get a K-ball on the field. I realizer this may only happen once in a while but what if a FG team cant get a FG attempt underway in time because of the officials trying to change balls?

  14. Nick says: Dec 3, 2009 12:33 PM

    FrankBurns, nobody ever said Steelers don’t get bad calls against them (see PIT-IND in 2005 postseason). Of course, officials made up for that in the SB.
    They just get more for them than against, like Brady gets more penalties called in his favor than other QBs.

  15. shinsnake says: Dec 3, 2009 12:35 PM

    I’m a Bengals fan so I have quite a history of dealing with Ravens fans. They are somewhat, shall we say, “uptight” about Ray Lewis jokes. I thought it was a good joke, but I wanted to preface (postface?) it that I didn’t need to hear the ten page legal defense of Ray Lewis’ innocence. I don’t care about being politically correct, I just wanted to head off the oncoming Ray Lewis defense force.
    Just saying.

  16. Frank Burns says: Dec 3, 2009 12:36 PM

    “But the Steelers get all the calls, there’s a conspiracy by the league to make them win, blah blah blah, wah! wah! wah!”

  17. tjax says: Dec 3, 2009 12:49 PM

    Also, I think the officials called the play dead after the kick even though the ball never went out of bounds. It hit just before the end line and then bounced and hit the ref as he was coming on the field signaling a missed attempt. A Steeler player picked it up and could have ran, but the play was ruled over.

  18. brownstown says: Dec 3, 2009 1:01 PM

    With Pereria suggesting that they were ‘lucky’, he’s implying that the error did not effect the game. Had the Ravens attempted the field goal from the correct spot, there’s a chance that it could have been blocked, which could have changed the outcome of the game. So don’t pat yourself on the back and say the missed field goal was being lucky.

  19. zappa says: Dec 3, 2009 1:03 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team, just a football fan. This whole talk of not putting the K ball on the field because of time is wrong. Every kicker in the league would rather use the game ball instead of the K ball. Plenty of kicks have been missed because of the K ball. If your team is up by 2 with almost no time on the clock and the other team runs the clock down getting in position for the game winning 50 yarder, say in Green Bay at -10 degrees, they get to use the game ball? Because their in a rush? Your team has already missed one FG in the game because of the rock hard K ball but now THEY can use the broken in game ball. Seems like it’s time to get rid of the K ball. I don’t see any other way. This is an issue because Pereira said it. The head of officiating should be more careful of what he says when giving an interview.

  20. i'm president charlie! says: Dec 3, 2009 1:03 PM

    @Ravens Fan – HUGE win for the Ravens Sunday night. Joe Flacco was very impressive. Ed Reed had an awesome game. The receiving core of the Ravens is probably the best in the league! That one guy who caught that one ball and got up and danced is the next coming of Jerry Rice. Oh, and Todd Heap is all world. Michael Oher (can’t believe the commentators didn’t talk about his movie the ENTIRE game) matched up really well with Woodley.
    And this week the Ravens’ secondary matches up really really really well with the passing game of Green Bay. Should be an easy victory for the Ravens aka Super Bowl 44 champions!
    The Ravens will be up one game after they beat the Packers and the Steelers lose to the Raiders.

  21. CanadianVikingFan says: Dec 3, 2009 1:06 PM

    Your bullshit excuses are no good Pereira.

  22. Unnamed Source says: Dec 3, 2009 1:21 PM

    Officials will never be made fulltime. If they were, the NFL would have no excuses for the shoddy officiating.

  23. Unnamed Source says: Dec 3, 2009 1:22 PM

    Officials will never be made fulltime. If they were, the NFL would have no excuses for the shoddy officiating.

  24. Igottz5onit says: Dec 3, 2009 1:25 PM

    I think Ravens Fan is a creepy internet girl that had a crush on some Steelers fan a long time ago that completely rejected her. Now all she has is her hate of a superior franchise to sustain her.

  25. Unnamed Source says: Dec 3, 2009 1:35 PM

    the comments system is almost as inept as the NLF officials…

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