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Blandino: No definitive view of Tyler Boyd down before fumble

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers recovers a Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals fumble in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bengals were trying to rally back against the Steelers in the final two minutes of Sunday’s game when their hopes were dashed by a Tyler Boyd fumble.

The rookie wide receiver caught a pass from Andy Dalton and lost the ball after a hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Boyd said after the game, via the Dayton Daily News, that his “knee was down clearly” before the ball came out and the play was automatically reviewed as a turnover, but officials upheld the original ruling and the Steelers won 24-16.

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained why things went that way in a Twitter post later on Sunday. Blandino showed several angles of the play, including ones that showed Boyd’s knee touching the turf, but said none of them made it “clear and obvious” that the call on the field is incorrect.

League rules demand a definitive view that the original call was wrong in order for the call to be overturned, which left the Bengals out of luck because of the way officials saw the play in real time.

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86 Responses to “Blandino: No definitive view of Tyler Boyd down before fumble”
  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 19, 2016 10:23 AM

    Horrible officiating is just another contributing factor to the massive decline in quality of the NFL product. Which pretty much started when Goodell took over.

  2. myspaceyourface says: Sep 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    I can live with that explanation. I could see his knee was down but couldn’t get a clear view of the ball.

  3. jerrysbrother says: Sep 19, 2016 10:29 AM

    I have no horse in this race and did not watch the game. This is the first I have seen this play and I must say, looking at it, I think they got it wrong

  4. eagleswin says: Sep 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    Maybe the NFL should farm out their instant replay to social media because it looks like there was a definitive view.

  5. donz0 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    We have the technology to mitigate these mistakes.

  6. footballgodtb12 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    you telling me we have 100 cameras at the game and several angles show his knee hitting the ground but we don’t have the technology to put up all the angles at exactly the same time?? like a split screen?? We landed on the dang moon over 45 years ago but can’t show two camera angles of a ball out and a knee up/down?? Maybe Bill belichick is right…we need a bake sale to raise more money for better camera work

  7. 69goatboy says: Sep 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    If they don’t think it was “clear and obvious” that his knee was down prior to the ball coming out, then they are blind or are simply protecting their own.

  8. bruiser2015 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    Yep. This is what I posted to my FB page. No way to definitively reverse the call. I will admit that this was not a well called game by the refs overall. Fret not Bengal fans, at least you are not a Browns fan like I am. Eternal anguish..

  9. hlmatty1 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    I sure this clown will also say there was no definitive view of Geno Atkins having his uniform tugged and held when nearing big Ben or that Dunlap wasn’t thrown to the ground. They should just admit that some teams coincidentally get all the calls, all the time.

  10. richndc says: Sep 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    The Steelers were handed a Super Bowl by the officials, this is nothing.

  11. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 19, 2016 10:38 AM

    Well all I can say as a Bengals fan is if you can’t put the ball in the endzone you don’t deserve the win anyway. If you’re ahead when Boyd loses the ball then it doesn’t matter as much when the league intentionally tries to influence the outcome of the game. We just have to understand we are always going to be spotting the Stealers points so we better plan on beating them by at least 10 points.

  12. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 19, 2016 10:39 AM

    Another Steeler victory thanks to the refs. As if it wasn’t enough to orchestrate an on field playoff brawl to get the best defensive player suspended. Steelers then manipulated the schedule to make sure they played Cincy while the suspension was in effect and now the refs give them a fumble to top it all off! Unbelievable.

  13. mborz says: Sep 19, 2016 10:39 AM

    From the views I have seen so far, this is correct in that there is no view where his knee is down that also shows enough of the ball to show that he has control of it.

    From a common sense perspective, there is a view where his knee is down and the ball appears afterwards, which heavily suggests he was in control of the ball when his knee was down.

    Still, anyone who watched the game who points to this as the major reason the Bengals lost must not understand football enough. Having no run game is by far the biggest reason. Letting the Steelers chew up a ton of the 4th quarter with a TD drive when you were only down 8 was huge as well.

  14. bd233 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:42 AM

    NFL is corrupt.

  15. chippysbinky says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    No dog in the fight but it sure appears Blindino shot himself in the foot putting up the video. The crux of his argument appears to be there wasn’t enough there to overrule the wrong call being made on the field but it’s clear enough from looking at it that the ball was secure when the knee touched.

  16. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    We all knew something was going to happen that would prevent the Bungals from winning, and it did.

    Just Bungal baby.

  17. xtrememachine1 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    For those that think the Steelers got away with one here, I agree, they did. That was not a fumble. Harrison’s knee hitting the ball is what knocked it loose and he was clearly down when that occurred. However, the refs missed a lot in this game. AB was shoved to the ground in the end zone by Dansby in plain sight. DeAngelo Williams face mask was grabbed. The 40 yard pass to Coates in the 1st quarter with some pretty obvious holding right in front of Ben. It was bad officiating all around with both teams committing penalties and the refs pretty much just looking the other way.

  18. kane337 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    CBS showed a clear and definitive view of Tyler Boyd down before fumble. Not sure what fuzzy TV screen the officials were looking at. That was a horrible call.

  19. buckethead1 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:47 AM

    Poor call, but it didn’t cost the Bungles the game, since, well, they never had a lead…

  20. crewchief15 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:49 AM

    I watched it and you can see his knee down in one angle, and another angle shows when the ball is coming out, just look at the time the ball is coming out compared to the knee down time OR look at like a reasonable person and you can tell the knee was down before the ball came out…

  21. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 19, 2016 10:52 AM

    Clearly he was down. The problem is Pete Morelli is a horrible ref. I remember the Vikes Ravens game a few years ago when Toby Gerhart had BOTH knees down before the ball came out but he stood with the call on the field. More often than not he won’t go against his crew’s original call and shame on the NFL office for giving him an out here. On a side note, just read that the NFL admitted their officials missed 16 (!) calls against the Jags last week in their loss to the Packers. Sixteen…

  22. jm91rs says: Sep 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    The ball comes out when there is contact, contact occurs after the knee is down. This could not be more clear. I don’t believe in conspiracies but I do believe in incompetence. I can’t stand that the NFL so rarely comes out and admits that incompetence

  23. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    chippysbinky says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    No dog in the fight but it sure appears Blindino shot himself in the foot putting up the video. The crux of his argument appears to be there wasn’t enough there to overrule the wrong call being made on the field but it’s clear enough from looking at it that the ball was secure when the knee touched.
    ———–
    Agreed, watching his explanation video is funny because the whole time he is pointing and writing on the screen about how its tough to see, he almost pauses and stops talking on the very last angle shown because its blatantly obvious the knee was down. THAT’s the angle which overturns the call, plain as day.

    Oh well. It’s a long season. Watching from afar (Pats fan) this is always one of my favorite rivalries to watch. Rarely disappoints.

  24. bengalsfan2079 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    Bad call and should have been overturned wasn’t the only bad call in the game but we couldn’t run the ball at all the line can’t block for Hill and Gio. Dalton is running around trying to make something happen because he has no time. We’re not going to see the Bengals win when they throw it 50 times. The officiating sucked but I’ll say this the Steelers outplayed them for 3 quarters also. Still they also deserved the right to tie at the end and that didn’t happened because they got the call wrong. Officating sucks.

  25. whocares69 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    Pete Morelli his old crew and new crew suck…… They should be ashamed to call them professional officials.
    They need to be fired !!

    I saw AT LEAST 5 BLATANT holding calls against the Bengals Defensive Line – At one point you’ll see Michael Johnson was in a literal CHOKE hold from behind in plain view of the Refs. and NOTHING

    Not to mention all the “missed” personal fouls , late hits, helmet to helmet , hits on defensive receivers. (Both teams)

  26. eternalconsioustorment says: Sep 19, 2016 11:10 AM

    Im about diehard a Steeler fan as you can get,but that was a bad call. Whats the point of replay if they cant get it right? The NFL has got a big problem with the quality of its officiating, and the integrity of the game is at stake. Oh well, as long as we have our color rushs uni’s everything is ok.

  27. thewanderer says: Sep 19, 2016 11:13 AM

    I don’t like to blame refs for usual bad calls. Holding, PI, a block in the back here or there happen frequently and refs miss them. This game was no different. Holding on both sides, obvious pass interference calls not being made. That’s par for the course in the NFL, and you can’t blame the outcome of the game on those types of calls.

    Boyd’s “fumble” didn’t determine the outcome of the game. The Bengals didn’t play well enough to win. But when the refs take 6 points off the board, Uzomah’s touchdown catch, in an 8 point game, and give the ball to the Steelers in plus territory on Boyd’s catch, it’s hard to swallow Blandino blindly defending the referees.

    Throw in the NFL’s admission that Bryant’s “touchdown” in the playoff game shouldn’t have counted, yes, you’re going to get a lot of salty Bengals fans. 12 points in two games that were decided by 10 points.

  28. 3wordanswers says: Sep 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    Blind Dino making up the rules as he goes along as usual. Dino needs to get to the optometrist fast, right after he gets his pink-slip.

    Everyone and his brother could see his knee was down with posession; even the five guys up in the bar in Poughskeepie.

    Refereeing was goddam awful as usual. Atkins held nearly every play; no TD call on the pass to Uzomah; late hits on Dalton well after the ball was gone; Villaneuva continually bear-hugging Hunt.

    Even so; Steelers deserved the W……

  29. connfyoozed says: Sep 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    Steeler fan here. The Bengals should be upset about the Boyd/Harrison play, because he was down. But that was only the last in a long series of missed calls by a terrible officiating crew. Both teams were getting away with a lot of blatant holding on pass plays. The last 3 pass attempts to Antonio Brown all showed uncalled obvious pass interference (don’t worry Bengal fans, Green got mugged at least once that I saw). It was truly pathetic.

    Now having said that… the Bengals could neither run the ball nor complete a pass more than 8 yards down the field for much of the game. Both QBs were frequently inaccurate, but Ben hit on more big throws when it counted. The Steelers deserved the win.

  30. tomthebombtracy says: Sep 19, 2016 11:19 AM

    Calls usually even out……

    Besides the aforementioned face mask on Deangelo Williams, there was a helmet to helmet that Fouts mentioned….a clear jersey tug on AB when he was cutting to the sideline.

  31. joeysims23 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    Steelers fan here…

    They should have overturned the ruling. Though you cannot see the ball, the knee basically touches the minute Deebo hits Boyd.

    HAVING SAID THAT… It would not have mattered, Dalton would have got an INT somewhere inside the red zone.
    You mad Bengals fans? The red rocket is known for his misfires from time to time.

  32. troy43mvp says: Sep 19, 2016 11:23 AM

    Monday Morning Bengals Tears Are What’s For Breakfast. Delicious

  33. beelicker says: Sep 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    Alper even calls it right in this piece …”lost the ball after a hit”

    Network replays shown during the review clearly showed the knee down before Harrison made contact, which would be “before the hit”

  34. connfyoozed says: Sep 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    As far as the catch by Uzomah that could have been a TD… that’s on Marvin Lewis and the coaches. I’m not sure if that would have been clear enough to be overturned, but it absolutely should have been challenged. It was even more glaring because the other 2 plays Cincy ran at the goal line weren’t even close to being TDs.

  35. steelcurtainn says: Sep 19, 2016 11:31 AM

    Just another excuses for people to blame the refs. Clearly, the bungles had done nothing up to that point. Steelers won the game period and the bengals did everything to lose it.

  36. mborz says: Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    Anyone who thinks the NFL is rigged, yet still continues to watch it and discuss it, is a complete fool.

  37. metalhead65 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:33 AM

    why is it fans sitting at home can see his knee down before the ball comes out yet the people in charge can’t? this and the fact the league can’t tell what a catch is makes watching games frustrating.

  38. FinFan68 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:33 AM

    Try as they might to deny it, there are certain teams that get iffy calls and certain teams that don’t. Blandino is not objective, he has one. Many times the calls do not directly change the outcome but when you add them up they are hard to overcome. The Pats/Dolphins game wasn’t as egregious as it has been in the past but the Pats get the benefit of the doubt calls that Miami rarely gets. There were some blatant holds that weren’t called and some violations that were ignored on both sides unless it was a Patriots 3rd down. Miami may have caught a break on a sideline catch because there was a referee discussion/change but no direct sideline angle was shown. Bad officiating is almost expected in the games because of the speed of the game and the high volume of things to look at but when they do go to replay that call should always be right and often isn’t. There is no excuse for not having (or using) the ability to sync camera angles on a split screen. I have yet to see Blandino adequately explain a controversial call.

  39. karlpk says: Sep 19, 2016 11:36 AM

    I have pause and replay on my tv set and they got it wrong but it was one of many calls tilted in favor of the home team – they’re not gonna’ throw their guy under the bus, nor should they but they need to raise their game – get rid of those responsible for consistently missing calls because this does detract from the enjoyment – I love these rivalry games and tune in to watch even when I don’t have a rooting interest and without a doubt certain teams do regularly seem favored

  40. american69 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:47 AM

    Bengals fans are is immature as Burfict and Pacman. Accept the loss. There are bad calls in every single game thats played. Maybe you should worry about your offense not score a TD for the first three quarters instead of one bad call. That is the real reason you lost the game.

  41. t8ertot says: Sep 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    “HAVING SAID THAT… It would not have mattered, Dalton would have got an INT somewhere inside the red zone.
    You mad Bengals fans? The red rocket is known for his misfires from time to time”

    Oh so you have a crystal ball? Please tell me the next lotto numbers. You MIGHT be right but we’ll never know. Because the refs took away the opportunity to find out.

  42. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    You start McCarron. McCarron’s wife, Katherine Webb, will be in the stands. Steelers players will be really distracted (ala Brent Musburger). Burfict not there to screw it up this time. Bengals win. So simple.

  43. mmack66 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:00 PM

    How about hiring a guy to sit in the stadium and watch the network feed?

  44. linvillegorge says: Sep 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    One call may have been missed as the Broncos repeatedly used Cam Newton’s head as a pinata. Now we have a player who was clearly down but the fumble was upheld. No one circles the wagons like the NFL. Do they really think that it helps their credibility to deny the obvious? Everyone makes mistakes and everyone understands that. Denying obvious mistakes just reeks of arrogance.

  45. mmack66 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:03 PM

    I love it every time the referees say they don’t want to eject a player because they don’t want to affect the outcome of the game.

  46. bjwbrown2011 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    Steelers fan but it’s obvious that Harrison’s knee hitting the arm/ball caused the fumble. And its very clear that Harrison’s knee contacts the arm/ball after the knee is down and he has already initiated contact.

  47. steelpenguin6687 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    Bengals fans…some of you need to take off the rose colored glasses…You don’t think that the Bengals benefited by non-calls?

    The Bengals had zero running game, they couldn’t even punch it in on 1st and goal from the 2 yard line…Look, the Steelers have been in this same position many times, and I say the same thing that I’m saying now…they didn’t do enough to win the game. It’s that simple.

  48. raideralex99 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:16 PM

    Looks like somebody has Harrison on their FF team. Last week his INT at the end of the game CLEARLY hit the ground and did not get overturned.

  49. dougchillin says: Sep 19, 2016 12:16 PM

    Must stink to be a bengals fan. Always, ALWAYS playing second fiddle to the Ravens or Steelers.

  50. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:33 AM
    Try as they might to deny it, there are certain teams that get iffy calls and certain teams that don’t. Blandino is not objective, he has one. Many times the calls do not directly change the outcome but when you add them up they are hard to overcome. The Pats/Dolphins game wasn’t as egregious as it has been in the past but the Pats get the benefit of the doubt calls that Miami rarely gets.

    Are you serious? The refs kept Mami in that game with timely penalties. I credit Tanny & his mates for the effort but you can’t deny there were a couple of questionable calls. I know, every game has missed calls and to the guy who thinks they “even out”, that’s ridiculous. Just because each team ends with the same number of flags & yards (almost as if by design), what matters more is when you get those calls where you are on the field when you get them. Possibly the NFL thought no one would ever put that together.

  51. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 19, 2016 12:19 PM

    Letting the Steelers chew up a ton of the 4th quarter with a TD drive when you were only down 8 was huge as well.

    You mean the drive when Cincy had held Pittsburg to 3rd and 3…Pouncey false starts and they called offsides on the Bengals?

    The il-logic i continually see posted that “well Cincy should have scored more early to not be in that position” WHAT? As much as I would have loved to have led the whole game, where is it written that Cincy is not allowed to come back and win a game in the fourth quarter? The game is 60 minutes. Cincy should be entitled to fair officiating for that full time frame.

  52. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 19, 2016 12:23 PM

    Tell Burfict we said “hi”, ya jagoffs.

  53. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 19, 2016 12:24 PM

    oeysims23 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    Steelers fan here…

    They should have overturned the ruling. Though you cannot see the ball, the knee basically touches the minute Deebo hits Boyd.

    HAVING SAID THAT… It would not have mattered, Dalton would have got an INT somewhere inside the red zone.
    You mad Bengals fans? The red rocket is known for his misfires from time to time.

    Interesting logic, as Andy didn’t throw any picks in the game and had a great completion percentage in the fourth quarter…

  54. mogogo1 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    Replay has been around for years yet somehow still isn’t ready for prime time.

  55. mysterytonite says: Sep 19, 2016 12:32 PM

    We can argue all day about things like pi and holding. From my view, the Steelers got away with some pretty awful holding calls yesterday. The Bengals got a few calls as well, one in particular the AB push in the end zone from Dansby. However, my beef was once again, the ref’s end up deciding an otherwise pretty entertaining game. That last call was bad but the excuse to say there was no irrefutable evidence to overturn was deplorable. Now would the Bengals, if the correct call was made, would’ve scored the td and converted the 2 point conversion to tie the game? Odds were still against them but wouldn’t it have been so much better if they were given the opportunity? First off, the ref shouldn’t have to run off the filed and stick his face under the hood and view. You have x number of jag-offs in New York who are watching and more than capable of ruling CORRECTLY on these calls. Again this has nothing to do with the Steelers, I feel they played a better game than the Bengals and the correct team won out. However, the fact that blatant blown calls just water down the drama in tight games like this really have me questioning if I should be doing something else with my time on Sundays.

  56. steelercrazy says: Sep 19, 2016 12:37 PM

    Don’t dig yourself a big hole in the 4th quarter where you’re playing from far behind and airing it out on almost every play leaving yourself vulnerable to borderline calls/turnovers. How about securing the ball in that situation with the game on the line? That pass play was designed for field positioning, catch secure and go down so let’s not forget Boyd did loose the ball. Did Boyd loose control of the ball before his knee hit to overturn? No way to know for sure, no clear view on the replay.

  57. firegoodell says: Sep 19, 2016 12:39 PM

    Bad calls go both ways. For everyone crying about the NFL and the breaks they give the steelers how about admitting the following:
    Brown being mugged all game long – way past the 5 yard limit
    James Harrison being held constantly.
    The clear face mask on a Bengal defender against Williams that didn’t get called….it could go on and on – bad calls are – unfortunately -part of every game at every level – deal with it.

  58. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 19, 2016 12:56 PM

    thewanderer says:
    Throw in the NFL’s admission that Bryant’s “touchdown” in the playoff game shouldn’t have counted, yes, you’re going to get a lot of salty Bengals fans. 12 points in two games that were decided by 10 points.
    ————————————————-
    I see you conveniently left out the early whistle when Shazier caused and recovered the fumble by Gio in the playoffs, picked up the ball and had an easy stroll for a TD. No mention of those points taken off the board in your net points calculation?

  59. ineptguy8 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:58 PM

    It wasn’t a fumble, but there was no way you could overturn it. It has to be indisputable evidence, so when all the Bengals crybabies are saying what a reasonable person would think, etc. it doesn’t matter. Even if everyone agrees that he has the ball still and a knee down, there is no video showing it. You can say that it defies logic, and I would agree. The way the rule is written it makes no difference. Happens all the time.

    Also there were plenty of calls/noncalls that went the other way. It was obvious to anyone that watched that the better team won.

  60. crewchief15 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:59 PM

    Has anybody else notice how far off the line the tackles are and it seems they make their move (slightly) a little before the snap? Maybe its just me…

  61. scoobyscraps says: Sep 19, 2016 1:00 PM

    That was just one of several missed calls, blown calls and/or no calls.

    Just poorly officiated all around. The NFL just can’t stand to see one of their preferred franchises lose a big game.

  62. bengalsfreedom says: Sep 19, 2016 1:07 PM

    Will they announce how many calls and penalties were missed? I’m certainly biased, but I do not care of if it’s for both teams for the entire game. This is a downright horrible crew that should be suspended. They’re lucky the players kept it professional. If the NFL cannott afford the kind of replay system where the rest of the world can tell but they cannott, it’s absolutely inexcusable for one of the most profitable companies in the world.

  63. jocko1181 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:18 PM

    Sounds like the rules and traiming failed the Bengals in this case. Refs trained to not blow whistle because of replay. But burden of proof on replay is obviously too high. Don’t know the solution but a game was unfairly ended on a mistake and technicality.

  64. workin4theweekend says: Sep 19, 2016 1:21 PM

    “Both teams were getting away with a lot of blatant holding on pass plays”. I’ve noticed that in many of the games this year, not sure if the refs have been directed to let a lot of it go or what, but it has been bad so far. It was especially bad in this game, with pass rushers in the back field being held from behind to prevent sacks numerous numerous times.

  65. firecracker87 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:42 PM

    scoobyscraps says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:00 PM
    That was just one of several missed calls, blown calls and/or no calls.

    Just poorly officiated all around. The NFL just can’t stand to see one of their preferred franchises lose a big game.
    ———————————————————————

    Humm…seems to me the bungles had the playoff game in the bag last season but they themselves blew it.

    And you say this was a big game? It’s week 2 not 12. Then again, its the bungles so yeah, you’re right it was a big game for them.

  66. willige says: Sep 19, 2016 1:50 PM

    This was NOT a fumble!!!

    Blandino and Morelli must be blind!!!

    MAKES ENTIRE NFL LOOK REALLY BAD!!!

  67. thewanderer says: Sep 19, 2016 1:57 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:56 PM
    thewanderer says:
    Throw in the NFL’s admission that Bryant’s “touchdown” in the playoff game shouldn’t have counted, yes, you’re going to get a lot of salty Bengals fans. 12 points in two games that were decided by 10 points.
    ————————————————-
    I see you conveniently left out the early whistle when Shazier caused and recovered the fumble by Gio in the playoffs, picked up the ball and had an easy stroll for a TD. No mention of those points taken off the board in your net points calculation?
    ———————————-
    Ah, yes, you’re right. I forgot about the fumble/TD caused by the illegal hit by Shazier. I stand corrected.

  68. themage78 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:05 PM

    The same thing happened in the Giants game. Eli clearly had his knee down and control over the ball. You could easily see it. They still ruled it a fumble. These refs are crooked.

  69. johnc44 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:08 PM

    My biggest problem with the call is that if it was a Pittsburgh receiver they would piece the two angles together and call it no fumble.I`ve seen about 80-85 of the 94 games between the two teams and it happens constantly.
    Everybody can say it didn`t cost them the game and they were outplayed but the refs had already cost them 4 points with the missed TD for Uzomah. They shouldn`t have to over come the refs in every game with Pittsburgh.Steeler fans can complain about holding on our secondary and we can complain about holding on their O-line but those judgement calls are missed every game.Scoring and turnover plays are a different complaintThey have the ability to get them right but still make determinations depending on the teams.The refs determining the outcomes more than players is what led me to stop watching the NBA 5 years ago and the NFL is getting there fast.

  70. Kaz says: Sep 19, 2016 2:16 PM

    You knew when the going got tough the Refs were going to step in and bail them out. Either the Refs or the Coaches. Like clockwork.

    Pro Steeler media will continue to ignore the elephant in the room when it comes to Steelers “victories”.

  71. vikingdoode says: Sep 19, 2016 2:32 PM

    That wasn’t a fumble… What were the Vegas odds.

  72. iamedreed says: Sep 19, 2016 2:34 PM

    the refs are instructed that if these fumbles are close to allow the play to continue, but then need indisputable evidence to overturn it.

    so basically you’re telling them to make a call that could be wrong, and without indisputable proof it is right, will stay incorrect

  73. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 19, 2016 2:38 PM

    For someone who “knew that his knee was clearly down”, Boyd sure looked like he was frantically trying to recover the ball.

  74. quizguy66 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:38 PM

    The knee would have only been definitively down if it were attached to Antonio Brown or Jesse James or any other Steeler.

  75. leprekan says: Sep 19, 2016 2:41 PM

    If he holds on to the ball the whole time then we don’t even have to deal with it. Just don’t allow the referees to factor into the results in any way.

  76. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 19, 2016 3:00 PM

    thewanderer says:
    Ah, yes, you’re right. I forgot about the fumble/TD caused by the illegal hit by Shazier. I stand corrected.
    ——————————————
    Welcome back from hibernation – they changed the rule to make that play illegal this year, which means it was legal last year.

  77. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:48 PM

    BREAKING NEWS:
    the officials make errors IN EVERY NFL GAME…

    everyone takes it so personal when it happens to their team…people have legit beefs on both sides…all the calls effect the totality of the outcome, just like all the plays do. it’s cumulative. Morelli is always terrible…nothing to do with the teams involved.

  78. mborz says: Sep 19, 2016 7:01 PM

    tylereifertisunstoppable says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:19 PM

    You mean the drive when Cincy had held Pittsburg to 3rd and 3…Pouncey false starts and they called offsides on the Bengals?

    ——————–

    No. Pay attention. I said the drive where the Steelers chewed up a big chunk of the 4th quarter that ended up in a TD. There were no penalties called on that entire drive.

    Even though you’re completely incorrect, your post was upvoted about 3x the times it was downvoted.

    Do Bengals fans just upvote whatever people say in their favor whether it’s true or not?

  79. winterbengal says: Sep 19, 2016 9:09 PM

    Last time visiting this site which was one of my favorites, but I have to be honest, so to whom so ever it may concern…

    I am officially no longer a NFL fan. I will no longer watch pro football. Through the years I have watched debacle after debacle and ignored the truth, from over turning replay officials to repeated imaginary penalties to help get the chosen team of the day into FG range.
    What saddens me that it took me this long to be honest with myself… The NFL is about as real as the WWE. The outcomes of at least the important games are a work with the outcome predetermined.
    I for one have better things to do on Sunday’s than rooting for make believe for 4 hours.
    So NFL I am out of here…
    Signed former fan who finally woke up!

  80. gallopinggilmore says: Sep 19, 2016 9:38 PM

    peytonwantsaflag:
    The Bengals put the ball in the inzone twice in this game. That was the first knee the officials missed.

    They played well. This was an ugly game but an improvement over the Bengals performance in a win last week.

  81. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 19, 2016 9:48 PM

    dougchillin says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:16 PM
    Must stink to be a bengals fan. Always, ALWAYS playing second fiddle to the Ravens or Steelers.
    _____________

    Umm…the Bengals have won the division 2 of the last 3 years and haven’t lost to the Ravens since 2013. Knowledge is power bro.

  82. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Sep 19, 2016 10:03 PM

    winterbengal says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:09 PM

    Last time visiting this site which was one of my favorites, but I have to be honest, so to whom so ever it may concern…

    I am officially no longer a NFL fan.
    So NFL I am out of here…
    Signed former fan who finally woke up!

    ——————

    Since you are a Bengals fan… we understand.

  83. steelerssuck1 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:04 AM

    Ok first things first any real football fan knows that holding and pi calls go uncalled for every team in history its human error im ok with that the hard thing to swallow is when an official gets to stop the game go back and slow it down and still not get it right. That being said no certainty cincy scores or not but sucks we will never find out. Btw im a bengals fan andvthe part of the game im most mad about is why noone smacked erikson for fielding 5 punts inside his 9 yard line hard to win if every drive starts with your rb standing in the endzone

  84. thewanderer says: Sep 20, 2016 8:32 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 19, 2016 3:00 PM
    thewanderer says:
    Ah, yes, you’re right. I forgot about the fumble/TD caused by the illegal hit by Shazier. I stand corrected.
    ——————————————
    Welcome back from hibernation – they changed the rule to make that play illegal this year, which means it was legal last year.
    ——————————
    Article 8 There shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to:

    (g) If a player uses any part of his helmet (including the top/crown and forehead/”hairline” parts) or
    facemask to spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily.

    That’s from the 2011 NFL rulebook. For someone with the handle crownofthehelmet, I assumed you knew that has been illegal for a long time.

  85. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    Go watch the play again, he didn’t spear or ram anyone. Textbook tackle sticking his face where he should. Not to mention Gio spun into the tackle instead of outward.

  86. melikefootball says: Sep 20, 2016 11:15 AM

    The officials were to concerned with extra activity. The game in my area, missed face mask, missed horse collar, pushing receiver to ground in end zone, official was not watching players, missed two possible interference calls, holding in back field and hitting QB”S late, so why would this be the only play talked about?

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