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League admits mistake in Redskins game

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On Sunday, referee Carl Cheffers provided an official explanation of the play in which an inadvertent whistle was blown while Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was running 30 yards to the end zone.

On Monday, the league basically said that Cheffers was wrong.

Per Cheffers, the officiating crew decided that Williams already was in the end zone when the whistle was inadvertently blown by an official who believed Williams had stepped out of bounds at the Redskins’ 17 yard line.  Per the league (via Mark Maske of the Washington Post), the Panthers should have been given two options due to the inadvertent whistle.

“By rule, Carolina should have been given a choice of putting the ball in play where Williams was ruled to have stepped out of bounds — 1st-and-10 from the Washington 17 yard-line — or replaying the down — 1st-and-10 from the Washington 30,” the league said in a written statement.

So, basically, the line judge got it wrong.  And Cheffers got it wrong when trying to explain the the crew didn’t get it wrong.

The league deserves credit for admitting the error.

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43 Responses to “League admits mistake in Redskins game”
  1. parasonic says: Nov 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    Definitely the beginning of the end for that game.

  2. alstottwastheman says: Nov 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    Still waiting for the league to explain the Big Ben fumble. That was one of the worst interpretations of a fumbled pass I’ve ever seen.

  3. bigjdve says: Nov 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    The league does, however what about the crew that blew it and then tried to cover it up?

    That is 7 points, maybe they would’ve scored maybe they wouldn’t have. However, it changed the game dynamic as the Redskins were down by 8 instead of 1. Maybe they go for 2 and have a tie game.

    We will never know now.

    They talked about how the replacements were changing games and how they didn’t. Well they are as well. The regular refs need to get their heads out of their asses and be worth all the money they are being paid.

    There have been debacles all over the league.

  4. bobulated says: Nov 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    Can’t wait until the regular refs get back.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Nov 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    Still waiting for the league to chime in on the Giants – Steelers game.

    That game had me missing the replacement officials.

  6. cmich2006 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    Next up…an apology for the abysmal job in the first quarter of the Giants game? Didn’t think so.

  7. jaymc1988 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:08 PM

    damn those replacement refs, i think those replacement refs had giants defense and D-will on their fantasy teams…oh wait…

  8. rg3andthensome says: Nov 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    And we got hosed…Not saying that we would have won…But CMON!!! Friggin replay that and call down to the field. Everyone watching saw Riley slow to a jog at the whistle.

  9. themackstrong says: Nov 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    Vikings kicked a 55 yard field goal at Century Link with no time being displayed on the play clock for a few seconds. Considering that got it back to a 1 score game, pretty big mistake.

  10. stealthjunk says: Nov 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    I don’t know what the rule book says, but to me it sounds like the refs got it right by giving Williams the TD.

  11. jedicurt says: Nov 5, 2012 4:17 PM

    It’s crazy how everyone criticized the Replacement Refs (especially the NFLRA) and the “Real” Refs aren’t any better.

    In fact i have to agree with the person who said (and i can’t remember who it was) “The Replacement Refs got it wrong because they weren’t qualified, the Real Refs get it wrong because they are incompetent.”

  12. 7swag7 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    How does a mult-billion dollar business get these things wrong when I can so easily get them right from my recliner, even after a 6-pack? Somethin aint right…

  13. rgboogie says: Nov 5, 2012 4:23 PM

    Yea imma redskins fan and that call was pretty bad among others in that game. But that giants steelers game my goodness…

  14. keeppounding says: Nov 5, 2012 4:24 PM

    Do you really think that play should have been blown dead? There was 6 inches of grass between the sideline and his foot. The ref got it wrong because he was guessing. Watch the play again. He wasn’t even close. Td panthers.

  15. threedeep1998 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    Maybe explain the 4th down spot for Russell Wilson? Dude was short.

  16. thefiesty1 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:33 PM

    The officials should NOT run during a play with their whistle in their mouths.

  17. sactogary says: Nov 5, 2012 4:34 PM

    Where are all the media headlines excoriating the officials? There were plenty during the first few weeks of the season.

  18. marthisdil says: Nov 5, 2012 4:38 PM

    But these are the real refs….they never make mistakes that can affect outcomes of games.

    They were lucky Carolina won….

    The replacement refs had issues, but would have worked out fine.

  19. hovenaut says: Nov 5, 2012 4:39 PM

    Could have been the game. Hope we don’t see an inadvertent whistle like that again anytime soon. The guy was right there….still smh.

  20. gurnblanstonreturns says: Nov 5, 2012 4:48 PM

    Where’s the fine, Goodell? Shouldn’t you and Cheffers pony up for “the integrity of the game” or some such claptrap? Hail!

  21. eagles92 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:48 PM

    Did any of you actually see that play? That was a willaims td no matter what whistle or no whistle. He wasn’t even close to stepping out of bounds. And there was a defender who had a shot at stopping him. In my mind it was the right call because he was scoring no matter what. It would of been b/s if they took away that td

  22. ravenatorsmom1 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:49 PM

    Pretty sad when the calls are so awful in a game that non-steelers fans go to a non-steelers post to complain about poor referee calls that went against the steelers. The NFL will only apologize to Mara and the Giants for falling short of their intended result.

  23. eagles92 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    Wasn’t *

  24. pantherdg says: Nov 5, 2012 4:56 PM

    I’d also like an explanation on the delay of game penalty on the Panthers in the second half when the official stood under center until 3 seconds left on the play clock.

  25. headonaswivel says: Nov 5, 2012 4:59 PM

    Still waiting on an explanation on the non-fumble call in the Titans-Colts game which would have given the Titans a chip shot field goal to win the game.

  26. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 5, 2012 5:04 PM

    keeppounding says:
    Nov 5, 2012 4:24 PM
    Do you really think that play should have been blown dead? There was 6 inches of grass between the sideline and his foot. The ref got it wrong because he was guessing. Watch the play again. He wasn’t even close. Td panthers.

    ———————————-

    Whether or not he ever stepped out of bounds is not the issue here.

    A whistle was blown, the play was dead at that spot, the defenders stopped pursuing. Especially since the league is so hyped up about “player safety” you can bet the defenders stopped when they heard the whistle, not wanting to get flagged for a late hit.

    Also, that crew in the Steelers-Giants game was so poor as to be laughable. The phantom DPI call, the botched forward pass/fumble, I could go on… Where are the fines/suspensions for train wrecks like those?

  27. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 5, 2012 5:05 PM

    “stealthjunk says:
    Nov 5, 2012 4:14 PM
    I don’t know what the rule book says, but to me it sounds like the refs got it right by giving Williams the TD.”

    Google it. Rule #7 part 2 section N. It takes two seconds to google it. Officials completely screwed it up.

  28. onebucplace says: Nov 5, 2012 5:10 PM

    Bring back the replacements. The regular refs are awful with their blown calls in addition to their PI calls on every other play. The replacement officials let the players play more and it was more exciting, now after every incompletion you have to wait until 5 seconds before you can exhale since you don’t know if they’ll decide this is the play to flag or not. These union slob regular refs are awful.

  29. keeppounding says: Nov 5, 2012 5:15 PM

    skinsfaninnebraska says:
    Nov 5, 2012 5:04 PM
    keeppounding says:
    Nov 5, 2012 4:24 PM
    Do you really think that play should have been blown dead? There was 6 inches of grass between the sideline and his foot. The ref got it wrong because he was guessing. Watch the play again. He wasn’t even close. Td panthers.

    ———————————-

    Whether or not he ever stepped out of bounds is not the issue here.

    A whistle was blown, the play was dead at that spot, the defenders stopped pursuing. Especially since the league is so hyped up about “player safety” you can bet the defenders stopped when they heard the whistle, not wanting to get flagged for a late hit.

    Also, that crew in the Steelers-Giants game was so poor as to be laughable. The phantom DPI call, the botched forward pass/fumble, I could go on… Where are the fines/suspensions for train wrecks like those?

    ——————————————————-

    This is like argueing with an extreme liberal. Are you honestly going to sit there and say the td shouldn’t count because a bad call didn’t take away an obvious td? The defender would not have caught him, NO WAY.

    And yes, someone please explain how we get a delay of game penalty when the ref is literally blocking the center from snapping the ball.

  30. rg3andout says: Nov 5, 2012 5:16 PM

    there u go skins fans, they admitted to their mistakes, now can the skins admit to overpaying for garcon 42 mill and hyping up rg3 when he hasnt done nothing to deserve the praise, HAIL LOL

  31. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 5, 2012 5:22 PM

    “The defender would not have caught him, NO WAY.”

    You need to watch the video again. Go google it. Riley easily would have tackled him/knocked out of bounds. And you have to make some assumptions about where people would have been because everyone stopped except the RB. He knew he wasn’t out of bounds, but no one else did.

  32. pilot2011 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:24 PM

    it was played out just like a flag being picked up. The ref didn’t mean to blow the whistle. Deangelo was nowhere close to being out of bounds.

  33. paul82461 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:24 PM

    I was at the game , worst NFL game Ive been to. The teams stunk along with the refs, $9.00 a beer isnt gonna cut it much longer to watch these so called professional athletes and refs.

  34. pilot2011 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:26 PM

    How about we discuss what the heck the refs were doing behind the center and only allowing Carolina 3 seconds on the play clock, causing the Panthers a delay of game penalty. That was more of a bizarre play by the refs than anything.

  35. keeppounding says: Nov 5, 2012 5:28 PM

    We can agree to disagree. It’s a touchdown in the books I’m not going to argue it anymore. I’ll watch it again to be fair but it’s not going to change anything.

    What about the delay of game?

  36. keeppounding says: Nov 5, 2012 5:30 PM

    Sorry I called you an exteme liberal skinsfan. We’re passionate about our football

  37. bahoto34 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:33 PM

    great, there goes the redskins rule. guess it is romney for president…thanks refs

  38. melikefootball says: Nov 5, 2012 6:52 PM

    To bad the announcers and every talk show did not keep slaming the REAL refs as they did the REPLACEMENTS. I watched a few games where the game was held up not making a call and the Giant game well enough said.. Lets fine these refs as they do the players.

  39. skinsfan91 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:58 PM

    Riley could have easily knocked him out of bounds, had he not slowed down because he heard the whistle. This is a fact.

  40. garryjercia says: Nov 5, 2012 7:24 PM

    Why wouldn’t they admit it? They aren’t going to change anything. It’s just another in a long line ‘eff yous the league office is handing out to the skins this year.

  41. csilojohnson says: Nov 5, 2012 7:58 PM

    How about an apology for the game that started four hours prior!?
    What a joke. Goodell was at the game, yet still turns a blind eye.
    I guess the Steelers have been dubbed villians in the new WWNFL.
    I wonder what story lines will play out next week!

  42. dlr4skins says: Nov 5, 2012 10:25 PM

    Goodell has been the worse thing to hit the league since, well ever.

    Dictates rules and punishments even when there are none (see Skins & Boys cap penalties for the “uncapped” year). Shows no respect to players or coaches and their contributions to the game.

    The guy asks like an arrogant attorney……..oh wait!?

  43. theclaim says: Nov 7, 2012 5:58 PM

    pilot2011 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 5:26 PM
    How about we discuss what the heck the refs were doing behind the center and only allowing Carolina 3 seconds on the play clock, causing the Panthers a delay of game penalty. That was more of a bizarre play by the refs than anything.

     Was it a Scoring play? Cost you a TD? Get serious!

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