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Kubiak disagrees with call that kept Carolina’s last drive alive

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08:  Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos celebrates as he intercepts a pass thrown by quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

Before Graham Gano missed a potential game-winning field goal and before the questionable decision to not call for a concussion evaluation of Cam Newton, Carolina kept the final drive of Thursday night’s game alive by converting a fourth-and-21 play, without the assistance of Freddie Mitchell.

Amid plenty of talk regarding officiating errors that helped the Broncos, coach Gary Kubiak expressed disagreement with a decision that could have hurt the home team.

“I think the league got it wrong, but we’ll turn it in, we’ll see,” Kubiak told reporters on Friday. “I thought it should have been called the other way, but hey, we’ll see what they say. It’s hard to give up that fourth and 21 on a five-yard penalty like that. It’s difficult so we’ll see what response we get.”

If Gano’s 50-yard try would have gone through the uprights, the penalty surely would be drawing much more attention. As it stands, the call on Harris is simply something that could have resulted in the Broncos starting the year 0-1.

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30 Responses to “Kubiak disagrees with call that kept Carolina’s last drive alive”
  1. cowboy19 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:47 PM

    Sorry Kub… It was a pretty clear “hand to the face” call. Just be happy you won the “missed call” battle last night with all the illegal hits because I am sure that will even out over the course of the year.

  2. jrdbrn says: Sep 9, 2016 9:52 PM

    It was interesting that it was called considering BOTH players had each others facemasks. Kept the ratings high…

  3. sc5000 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:53 PM

    Funny how no one wants to talk about how the BIGGEST call in the game was total bs. Glad Denver won they shouldn’t have even been sweating the field goal.

  4. Ed says: Sep 9, 2016 10:02 PM

    Cam gets a lot of crap, some deserved, some not. I’m not sure how he wasn’t taken out of the game when he took a nasty shot to the head on that last drive.

  5. taugrim (Ed Park) says: Sep 9, 2016 10:02 PM

    Kubiak unhappy with the refs? LOL. They missed a lot of helmet-to-helmet hits on Cam.

  6. canadapackers says: Sep 9, 2016 10:06 PM

    Totally agree – and dont have a horse in this race but it was a chincy call – both players had their hands up high in each others faces – shoulder pads. Should have let them play – not effect the game with that type of cheap call – one that could almost be called every play.

  7. sandman34rt says: Sep 9, 2016 10:23 PM

    It was pretty obvious Gary

  8. vicnocal says: Sep 9, 2016 10:32 PM

    It’s good that Gano missed the kick because Carolina would’ve robbed a win they didn’t deserve

  9. nimbushex says: Sep 9, 2016 10:44 PM

    Not sure what he’s arguing with, the defender’s hands were in the receiver’s face, should they not call it because it’s a 4th and 21?

  10. slick50ks says: Sep 9, 2016 10:56 PM

    You got away with murder. Quit crying you idiot.

  11. orivar says: Sep 9, 2016 11:00 PM

    Except for one it was 4th and 26 and most people don’t know who Freddie Mitchell is..

  12. randalpnaditch says: Sep 10, 2016 12:18 AM

    Agreed, the offensive player went directly “hands to the face of the defender”. So obvious that NBC only showed 2 replays, both from 100 yards away. Then showed about 1/2 second of the actual play up close. Big time blown call.

  13. proudchowdahead13 says: Sep 10, 2016 7:36 AM

    What about all the helmet to helmet hits on Newton? There were so many that it looked like it was coached. Keep doing it until the refs call it!

  14. realtree71 says: Sep 10, 2016 9:15 AM

    After all the Illegal hits that didn’t get called ALL night long he’s gonna complain about one call?

  15. shomershabbos says: Sep 10, 2016 9:17 AM

    He’s right. That was a terrible call.


  16. jpmcarlo says: Sep 10, 2016 9:27 AM

    If nothing else it should have been offsetting penalties for illegal hands to the face on both receiver and corner back. They both had a handful of face mask

  17. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 10, 2016 9:29 AM

    sorry Gary, you got enough calls your way all night. you wouldn’t have been leading without them.

  18. braddavery says: Sep 10, 2016 9:50 AM

    Make every play reviewable. Stop letting the refs manipulate and control outcomes. It’s becoming nearly unwatchable.

  19. slick50ks says: Sep 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    braddavery says:
    Sep 10, 2016 9:50 AM
    Make every play reviewable. Stop letting the refs manipulate and control outcomes. It’s becoming nearly unwatchable


    There’s a lot of money on these games. The league is getting the outcomes they want to these games. The refs are just calling them according to script. More review manipulation is not going to help.

  20. tjacks7 says: Sep 10, 2016 11:26 AM

    There’s no logical explaination as to how a ref could call illegal hands to the face on the defender but not see the same receiver committing the same penalty against the same defender. Unless of course, refs are being told to influence games. I wouldn’t put that past Roger since he’s more concerned with profit and TV ratings than the actual product on the field.

    It should have been offsetting penalties.

  21. godenbroncos says: Sep 10, 2016 11:32 AM

    The pendulum swings both ways, DEN got the benefit of some, CAR got the benefit of some…If you can win or lose on a referee call, you’re not executing your gameplan.

    DEN defense will take roughing penalties all year, anyone think they’ll get the benefit of the doubt ever? I’ve always been ok with roughing the passer calls, they’re a steep price, but hammering QBs wins games.


  22. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Sep 10, 2016 11:48 AM

    Between 2009 and 2015 the Carolina Panthers benifited from 29 roughing the passer calls. During the same period the Patriots only benifited from 16. But oh yeah its a conspiracy SMH…….

  23. pwellz says: Sep 10, 2016 11:49 AM

    What about the 2-3 headshots that weren’t called? Broncos got way more favorable calls.

  24. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 10, 2016 11:53 AM

    Watch the tape. The wr went hand to the face on the defender illegally. The defender responded in knocking the wr hands away. Kubiak was right and so were the analysts that agreed with him.

  25. riderspantherssk says: Sep 10, 2016 12:25 PM

    It was called the way the rule is written. Unlike the helmet to helmet hits to the passer…

  26. hooterdawg says: Sep 10, 2016 12:29 PM

    I am waiting for Blandino’s official interpretation of this play.

  27. cb28031 says: Sep 10, 2016 2:13 PM

    Nothing like trying to deflect from the nasty ass cheapshots that they took on Carolina……

  28. czello says: Sep 10, 2016 2:18 PM

    Most fans don’t appreciate Kubiaks headhunting that kept his team in the game. Much more questionable calls were not made.

  29. highdimension2015 says: Sep 10, 2016 2:30 PM

    So now the SB winning HC openly challenges the competence of refs chosen for the nationall seen prime time opener. He’s earned the right. Hopefully they’re seeing it that way.

  30. string888 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:34 AM

    Clearly was hands to the face. Was the right call. Can get your hand into the facemask.

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