Packers catch a break as Coughlin loses challenge on Jennings fumble

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When the Giants lost a hard-fought game to the Packers in the regular season, coach Tom Coughlin said after the game that he was sick to his stomach over what appeared to be a Giants touchdown catch that the officials ruled an incomplete pass.

Right now Coughlin must be feeling even sicker.

In the first quarter of today’s NFC divisional playoff game in Green Bay, Packers receiver Greg Jennings caught a pass from Aaron Rodgers and appeared to fumble just before he was tackled. Initially, the officials ruled it a fumble that the Giants recovered. And then after a brief discussion, the officials changed their minds and ruled that Jennings was down by contact.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin challenged, and it looked like he would win: The replay showed the ball starting to come out before Jennings was down. Stunningly, referee Bill Leavy reviewed the play and announced that it would stand as called. He did not explain why.

Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira said on the FOX broadcast that he couldn’t figure out why Leavy didn’t award the ball to the Giants.

“If I was under the hood I would have reversed this to a fumble with a clear recovery to the Giants and given the ball to the Giants,” Pereira said.

The ruling was extremely costly for the Giants, as the Packers would go on to score a touchdown on the possession that was extended by the bad call. The Packers caught a huge break in a game that’s currently tied 10-10.

113 responses to “Packers catch a break as Coughlin loses challenge on Jennings fumble

  1. Unbelivable, I think this is the first time I have ever heard Pereria disagree with the call on the field. Rodgers vs brady is the nfl superbowl story line

  2. He still had 2 hands on the ball. Either way, neither team should let one call lose the game for them.

  3. Total failure on the official. That was awful. Most calls can be ticky-tack in some sense but that was pretty black and white.

    SMH.

  4. “packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says:
    Jan 15, 2012 5:36 PM
    He still had 2 hands on the ball. Either way, neither team should let one call lose the game for them.”

    Homer

  5. trbowman says: Jan 15, 2012 5:35 PM

    How is Bill Leavy employed?

    If I were that bad at my job I’d be out on my butt.
    ——————————————————-

    You are absolutely right. This whole crew especially Leavy, are just horrible. I’ve seen them do some horrible calls.. on the niners vs cards games.. boy did they screwed up calls.. in one instance he couldnt even work the replay booth and came back saying that the replay equipment was defective. WTF!!!

  6. What a shocker, just like Ballard back in Week 13. NFL wants the Packers to win so the refs will gladly cost NY a touchdown with a replay review.

  7. As a Cowboys fan I don’t wanna see the Giants win…but I want it done fairly. That was a terrible call, he’s clearly not on the ground yet and the ball is out.

  8. “packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jan 15, 2012 5:36 PM

    He still had 2 hands on the ball. Either way, neither team should let one call lose the game for them.”

    Thats not the rule. The rule is is the ball coming out before he’s down. To everyone including Goodell it was. But Roger called down and said give it to the Pack.

  9. Tim Tebow aside, clearly Green Bay is the league’s ordained team.

    First the call on the field is reversed to shift the burden of proof to the Giants that a turnover occurred. Then a clear shot of daylight underneath Jennings body with the ball out of his hand is dismissed as not conclusive.

    There are 31 other teams who I’m sure would love to get the breaks the Packers seem to regularly receive.

  10. I Feel so sick right now what the @#$% are ref for then please explain to me? niners saints game they let BOTH teams just play!! this STINKS of screw job

  11. I just don’t see how it is possible to honestly come out and say he didn’t fumble that ball… the replay is in high def. slow motion, no excuses, needs to be fined… that was a HUGE no call and can cost a team a season.

  12. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says:
    Jan 15, 2012 5:36 PM
    He still had 2 hands on the ball. Either way, neither team should let one call lose the game for them.

    God you are a friggin moron…nice excuse, you pos!

  13. I agree it looked like a fumble to me (Packer fan). I think the refs take offense to their calls being overturned on a regular basis. I think a lot of calls that should be overturned are not because of the refs hardheadedness.

  14. Mike Periara is golden. Now when the refs screw up its all just a “judgement call”.

    No Mike, it was a fumble according to the NFL rules and the refs blew the call

  15. Leavy was the head Ref in Superbowl XL a game so poorly officiated it even has its own section on Wikipedia.

  16. Typical game at Lambeau, you have to play both the Packers and the refs, how they called that down by contact with the replay flabbergasted me! Huge implication on the game after GB scores! I would be livid if I was Coughlin.

  17. There should be a Senate investigation into why the Fudge Packers get EVERY call in this league. They are the NFL darlings, right up there with the Steelers.

    Absolute horsecrap call that really wasn’t even close.

  18. GB WR’s are always near the top of the league in dropped passes, now they’re moving on to just dropping already caught balls.

  19. Keep saying gambling interests own the refs. Polygraph the ref who made that decision. Bet he can’t pass one.

  20. So many angry folks! I know the Giants don’t have that kind of a fan base so it must be people with money on the game.

    Here’s a tip. Its easier to enjoy the game if your car payment isn’t hanging on the outcome.

  21. Looks like the refs are trying to give the Packers the game just like they did in the first Giants/Packers game. The NFL officiating is a complete joke.

  22. THere is absolutely no reason why a replay decision such as this has to be controversial. THe ref had a gimmee replay and BLEW IT. How can you not censure officials . what is going to preent officials from making a wrong decision NBA style and passing it off as incompetence? Even Stevie Wonder thought that this was a fumble.

  23. trbowman says: Jan 15, 2012 5:35 PM

    How is Bill Leavy employed?

    If I were that bad at my job I’d be out on my butt.
    ——————————————————-

    You are absolutely right. This whole crew especially Leavy, are just horrible. I’ve seen them do some horrible calls.. on the niners vs cards games.. boy did they screwed up calls.. in one instance he couldnt even work the replay booth and came back saying that the replay equipment was defective. WTF!!!

    Bill Leavy, puppet ref par excellence

  24. Its getting worse, couple obvious holding penalty no calls favoring the pack, even Mike P saw an obvious roughing the passed by Bishop, no call. Doesn’t matter what the Giants do, refs will decide not to give them the win.

  25. The refs are stealing the game from the Giants. Not a fan from either team but it’s just so obvious the nfl wants the packers to win what a joke !!

  26. “packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jan 15, 2012 5:36 PM He still had 2 hands on the ball. Either way, neither team should let one call lose the game for them.”

    Homer

    ____

    You’re a Giants fan so I could say the same to you.

  27. Ed Reed from the U…balla…ints for the old guy…should of had a couple more.

    More ballas from the U in the late game….Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle both recover fumbles (ok Phillips’ was overturned…but it was a fumble)

    Its all about The U….Al Golden baby

  28. I actually have money on the Pack. The live betting site brought their line down to -4.5 after giants scored 10. But it is maddening to see such incompetence game in and game out, especially on replays which should never be controversial.

  29. No excuse for that and i want G.B. to win.

    TOTAL BS

    Ref should be suspended for that call. Live is one thing but in slow mo. get serious.

  30. This HORRIBLE call will NOT be forgotten anytime soon. Can’t wait to see the explanation. If you can’t get this right you should be employed elsewhere.

  31. This was almost as bad as the Victor Cruz fumble that wasn’t called that got NYG a giftwrapped win!

    C’MON REFS!

    (Oh, that’s right….the refs are always against “your” team…)

  32. I’ve always thought that the refs should have a press conference after the game to explain their calls. Instead we’ll just get a “whoops we blew it” 3 weeks later

  33. Leavy must be having flashbacks of superbowl xl. Seahawk fans will never forget Bill Leavy for that game. Leavy’s the Tim Donaghy of the NFL. Don’t worry Giant fans, in 5 years, he’ll show up to one of your preseason practices and admit that he screwed you guys over. Just hope the fumble isn’t the only blatant call he screws you guys out of today.

  34. That call was pretty bad. It is horrible anytime you can actually feel bad for the Giants.

    I think they need to re-evaluate all of the refs after the season.

    This play is a primary example, the right call was made, another ref over-ruled the play, then they messed up the replay.

    What a mess.

  35. Wah wah wah. Bunch of crybabies. I thought it was a fumble as well, but get over it. Move on and make up for it since they have the whole rest of the game. When the Pack wins, this will be the one call all you crybabies will say decided the outcome. Bad calls happen…need a tissue??

  36. On August 6, 2010, while visiting the Seahawks’ preseason training camp for an annual rules interpretation session with the Seattle media, Leavy brought up Super Bowl XL without being asked, and admitted to having blown calls:[19]
    “ It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better … I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough … When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It’s something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl it’s difficult.[20]

  37. clintonportisheadd says:
    Jan 15, 2012 5:50 PM
    So many angry folks! I know the Giants don’t have that kind of a fan base so it must be people with money on the game.

    Here’s a tip. Its easier to enjoy the game if your car payment isn’t hanging on the outcome.

    Says the guy who doesn’t have a car

  38. Seattle stop whining. It’s been 5 years. I can count a lot worse mistakes against the Steelers in the playoffs compared to the iffy calls that went against you. Seattle, you lost by 11 points and the you had enough time to overcome a couple of those calls. And if you watched the NFL, holding calls have gone against the Steelers in other games too. And none of the mistakes in that game were as bad as this one as this was clearly a wrong call. The only wrong call in your game was the penalty on Hasselback (15 yards without affecting the wrong possession). If you remember, Steelers overcame a couple of bad calls in the real SB that year – Steelers at Indy and won in a squeaker. Seattle didnt get as bad as calls and lost by 11. If you lost by a FG or a TD, then you have room to complain.

  39. gergie, You are probably onto something. Predict the ratings of a GB vs anyone Super Bowl compared to a Super Bowl without GB. Huge for the former, middling for the latter – and $ flows that surge for one and stagnate for the other. I’ve said before that Refs are people, too; but an obvious miss like this? It’s just wrong and everyone knows it. Packer fans will snoot their way through it, as described above, because it went their way. If something similar happens to favor the Giants, we’ll all go deaf with the screeching from WI, regardless of the outcome of the game.

    Personally, if the last 30 minutes of this game goes like the first half, this will be the best day of my football year.

  40. I’m gonna say it. And I’m no Giants fan. I saw this
    happen in NY earlier in the season when the
    league was doing what it could to help Greenbay
    get its perfect season. I saw a phantom illegal
    contact call and I saw a Giant TD that was taken
    from them. Is this about the G on the side of
    their helmets ? I mean the whole “legendary
    franchise thing/good for the league if they are
    undefeated or that they should be helped get to
    the Super bowl at all costs ?” This is disgraceful.
    Its embarrassing. Its hard enough to win in the
    NFL. You shouldn’t be giving a team a 12th man
    on the field because of what is on the side of their
    helmets NFL. I’m ashamed. And you should be
    too.
    These guys in the Giants helmets are out there
    bleeding and you do something like this to them.

    I used to be a fan of the shield….not any more.

  41. Wah wah wah. Bunch of crybabies. I thought it was a fumble as well, but get over it. Move on and make up for it since they have the whole rest of the game. When the Pack wins, this will be the one call all you crybabies will say decided the outcome. Bad calls happen…need a tissue??

    ——–
    You are the biggest moron on this board. Its one thing for the refs to make mistakes (such as an inadvertent whistle). Its completely another to be blatant and they did not even fix it after review.
    This is outright rigging.
    This should be a giants rout by now.
    I am not even a giants fan

  42. Packer fan and football official for 20 years.

    Jennings ball was easily a fumble…you start to wonder about a fix when you see stuff like that.

    Giants got the momentum and are walking away with this game. Urgency seems forgotten on the Packers bench, and they aregiving this game away.

    Capers already has a HC job with the Raiders, I’m guessing, and half of this coaching staff has their eyes on their next job that they start as of Monday morning…..just a hunch.

    Take nothing away from the Giants, they are playing more physical and are owning that Pack D. Woodson should move onto retirement from what I’ve seen today, and Jarrett Bush should be given his pink slip after that play at the end of the half.

    Coughlin is owning McCarthy right now…..unreal.

  43. Thats ok they took 2 fumbles AND a TD away from the Lions

    I guess the NFL decided that the packers should win the SB so do what evcr!!!!

    GARBAGE

    GO LIONS!!!

  44. I surprised they gave the Kuhn fumble to the Giants. I waiting for them to rule him down by contact too. Packers and Saints get so many gifts that its disgusting. Saints are done (no penalties on them yesterday by the way), and it would be true karma if GB went down too.

  45. I am a fan of 2 teams the Vikings and whoever is playing the packers today I am a huge giants fan. I may even by an Eli manning jersey and wear it around.

  46. Wow again in the 4th a bogus hit to the head extends another packers drive after a failed 3rd down. Golden boys of the NFL, clearly NO head contact on that what a joke this officiating has become !!

  47. Wow. Leavy has made to HUGE mistakes in favor of Green Bay this game. Both of them are baffling in their obvious badness. Most bad calls are human error and stuff that just happens. But the non-fumble and blow to the head were both totally just made up.

  48. pravin68 says: Jan 15, 2012 5:51 PM

    THere is absolutely no reason why a replay decision such as this has to be controversial. THe ref had a gimmee replay and BLEW IT.

    ——————————————-

    It is baffling how the officials can go under the hood and see it in HD and slomo AND still get it wrong. But it happens. Earlier this year Hochuli overturned an Antonio Brown catch (Bengals game Week 13) – ruled a catch on the field. No replay from any angle even began to show anything other than a catch. But Hochuli overturned it. Now in this case the exact reverse is true but Leavy doesn’t overturn it.

    Baffling…

  49. I don’t think referees are dishonest. If they were really dishonest, they’d call holding or something like that. They could call holding on any play they want to.

    Still. it is incredibly puzzling how a referee can go under the hood and not see something that is plain as day. How can that happen?

  50. i’m about as far from being a conspiracy theorist as you can be, and even i’m starting to wonder about bill leavy.

    there’s no possible way a ref can blatantly blow so many calls (not just in this game) and still have a job. something’s fishy with this guy.

  51. That was nothing compared to the Jerry Rice fumble, which extended the drive that led to “The Catch II”.

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