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Blandino: No obvious evidence to overturn key Eagles-Lions call

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter that led to the Detroit Lions winning field goal at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Eagles 24-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes the officials made a bad decision when awarding possession of running back Ryan Mathews‘ fumble to the Lions, arguing that center Jason Kelce was touching the ball while out of bounds, which should have ended the play before the Lions recovered the ball.

The NFL has chimed in, and the bottom line is that Pederson may be right. The only problem is that the available replays were unable to prove that Kelce was definitely touching the ball while out of bounds.

“It’s reasonable to think that it touched him but we have to be able to prove it with the video,” NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino explains in his weekly officiating video for the media. “So if we can’t see the football actually touching the leg, we just can’t overturn. With this angle, it’s just not definitive.”

No angle other than an overhead vantage point arguably would have shown with clarity whether Kelce was, or wasn’t, touching the ball while out of bounds. Which means that whatever ruling the officials made on the field would have been upheld via replay review.

Which also means that the Lions potentially got lucky. With no way to know for sure, the ruling couldn’t be changed.

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51 Responses to “Blandino: No obvious evidence to overturn key Eagles-Lions call”
  1. upperdecker19 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:26 PM

    NFL Week #4 Officiating Ineptitude Power Rankings

    5. Jeff Tripplette
    4. Jerome Bogar
    3. Any 2013 NFL Replacement referee
    2. Dean Blandino
    1. Pete Morelli

    If you can see that it hit Kelce, you really need to think about another line of work, Deano.

  2. gwhite13 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:30 PM

    Can you believe anything park ave. says.

    so unbelievably out of touch.

    When is Talieb suspension coming down?

  3. rjth2012 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:30 PM

    Hey Blandino this is right in line with The Clintons & Hillary specifically not selling our country down the drain. You are corrupt for the league and will dump on every one the 32 teams in the NFL!!! FRAUD ALERT BLANDINO!
    I will say this much you have more integrity then the Corrupt Clinton foundation and her entire campaign.
    That leaves you Blandino at a minus 50 when it comes to trustworthiness ! What a joke…

  4. mmack66 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:31 PM

    Thanks for checking anyway, Deano.

    We can all rest assured knowing that you have used this as an opportunity to teach the referees how to be better at their jobs.

  5. thetroofishere says: Oct 14, 2016 7:31 PM

    If Matthews had just held on to the ball, it wouldn’t even have been up for discussion.

  6. cardsfann1 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:37 PM

    No longer Groundhogs Day in Detroit???

  7. jag1959 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:42 PM

    Good ol’ Baghdad Blandino, having reached the point where we wouldn’t believe them if they told us today is Friday he still keeps plugging.

  8. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 14, 2016 7:42 PM

    Blandino is just covering hisbutt. The ball clearly bounces when Kelce’s butt hits it.

  9. patsfan says: Oct 14, 2016 7:50 PM

    These things tend to even out over time.

    With the number of times the Lions got screwed, they are still due a few.

  10. drock36 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:52 PM

    Hey Blandino this is right in line with The Clintons & Hillary specifically not selling our country down the drain. You are corrupt for the league and will dump on every one the 32 teams in the NFL!!! FRAUD ALERT BLANDINO!
    I will say this much you have more integrity then the Corrupt Clinton foundation and her entire campaign.
    That leaves you Blandino at a minus 50 when it comes to trustworthiness ! What a joke…

    What a d-bag

  11. jackedupboonie says: Oct 14, 2016 7:54 PM

    It’s like this…….we really don’t care what fan bases think. Our goal is to be transparent, and to make sure we screw this thing up til it’s less popular than the NBA

  12. sammievee says: Oct 14, 2016 7:55 PM

    Did you ask him why last night’s game ended when it did despite being two seconds on the clock when the hail mary hit the ground?

  13. whooligun says: Oct 14, 2016 7:58 PM

    I can’t remember a single time that Dangerous Danny Davis ever had a call reversed either.

    No matter how obvious it was that Jimmy Hart tripped Ricky Steamboat!!!

  14. dynastyfootballforme says: Oct 14, 2016 8:05 PM

    “Our refs are never wrong” There you go, case closed.

  15. bjwbrown2011 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:07 PM

    Notice nothing is ever wrong when it gets reviewed no adags. Wonder if that has anything to do with Blandino being in charge of all review assistance.

    Dude doesnt want to say he messed up ever.

  16. maust1013 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:11 PM

    rjth2012 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 7:30 PM
    Hey Blandino this is right in line with The Clintons & Hillary specifically not selling our country down the drain. You are corrupt for the league and will dump on every one the 32 teams in the NFL!!! FRAUD ALERT BLANDINO!
    I will say this much you have more integrity then the Corrupt Clinton foundation and her entire campaign.
    That leaves you Blandino at a minus 50 when it comes to trustworthiness ! What a joke…
    ================

    Dude, you need to get out more

  17. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 14, 2016 8:15 PM

    How about all the missed calls against Detroit….14-2 disparity in penalties.

  18. ricko1112 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:20 PM

    Unless Goodell says there is…

  19. ejmat3 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:21 PM

    The Lions are out of excuses, they just plain suck!

    One playoff win since 1957.

  20. leatherface2012 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:27 PM

    good lord, and they wonder why ratings are way down…like the old saying goes, if it can be bet on, it can be rigged.

  21. yetimonster says: Oct 14, 2016 8:37 PM

    sammievee says:
    Oct 14, 2016 7:55 PM
    Did you ask him why last night’s game ended when it did despite being two seconds on the clock when the hail mary hit the ground?

    Because it was 4th down and the ball changed over to SD. Did you want them to line up for victory formation for those two seconds?

  22. kcchefs58 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:42 PM

    I’ve lied for my employer, too.

  23. jackedupboonie says: Oct 14, 2016 8:43 PM

    But the lions won a game where Kam knocked the ball out and kj batted instead of grabbed….and there was plenty of time left. Seattle would have won that game no matter what was called. Complaining is Detroits MO

  24. rjth2012 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:44 PM

    DEMOCRAT clones really have a hard time handling the truth. Even when you just reference it.
    Clinton is as a felon and should be in a federal prison.
    Blandino is a joke!!! But he doesn’t belong in federal prison. NFL is hurting big time right now a couple of you responding nitwits are blind and have an IQ OF 10 on a good day.

  25. jackedupboonie says: Oct 14, 2016 8:45 PM

    The Seahawks are winning this year. They took a year off to re charge….we won’t screw up a half yard line play this season.

  26. distracted9 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:45 PM

    Yes there were more than a few bad calls that game but we can’t put it in the refs hands to make that decision. It honestly shouldn’t have even been a close game.. but it was and we found ourselves on the wrong end of another bad call, let’s move on.

  27. 26predator says: Oct 14, 2016 8:57 PM

    The next time the Lions are gifted a call, will be the first time they are gifted a call.

    #wealwaysgetscrewed
    #theprocessagainstchicago
    #pickedupflagagainstdallas
    #ballbattedoutoftheendzoneagainstseatlle
    #phantomfacemaskcallagainstgreenbay

  28. vavikingfan says: Oct 14, 2016 9:01 PM

    Well that was timely.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:10 PM

    There couldbe 18 different angles that clearly showed the refs screwed up and Blandino would be out there with a straight face claiming there were none

    He has one job, to lie through his teeth whenever the refs make a mistake

  30. pastabelly says: Oct 14, 2016 9:19 PM

    This is a dumb rule anyway that rewards an offense. All they need to do is touch a ball and have a foot out of bounds while defense needs a full recovery. Change the rule.

  31. ahummler72 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:30 PM

    First off it’s quite obvious the refs blew the call….. IMO is there was every evidence of point shaving in NFL this is the game…..anyways…..

    Simple solution is this….

    Whenever the game is down in final 2 mins of each half…. have the review official not watch the game. Since Coaches can’t challenge anyways there should be no deterrent of “indisputable evidence” but the degree of proof should be on the scale of “preponderance” – this way games aren’t decided on the ego or emotion of officials. I understand the burden of proof should be higher for coaches challenges since it slows the game down. But if there gonna review it anyway… they should be more focused on getting the call right , then trying to make the officials appear right!

    With that said…… any competent official not knowing the call prior to looking at that play , rewards the ball to Philly!

    Case Closed!!

  32. carloswlassiter says: Oct 14, 2016 9:36 PM

    drock36 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 7:52 PM

    Hey Blandino this is right in line with The Clintons & Hillary specifically not selling our country down the drain. You are corrupt for the league and will dump on every one the 32 teams in the NFL!!! FRAUD ALERT BLANDINO!
    I will say this much you have more integrity then the Corrupt Clinton foundation and her entire campaign.
    ————————————————————-
    I just want equal time to point out to drock36 that your fine candidate Trump is enjoying strong support among the most poorly educated members of society, and is getting trounced in the polls among college educated voters.

    What did this tell you?

  33. pemory says: Oct 14, 2016 9:50 PM

    NFL Week #4 Officiating Ineptitude Power Rankings

    5. Jeff Tripplette
    4. Jerome Bogar
    3. Any 2013 NFL Replacement referee
    2. Dean Blandino
    1. Pete Morelli

    If you can see that it hit Kelce, you really need to think about another line of work, Deano.
    ___________________________________
    LOL!!! Best PFT Post of all time!

  34. faithful49er707 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:02 PM

    The NFL use to be known as the one league that got calls right and did not look rigged.

    Use too………..

  35. Exapno Mapcase says: Oct 14, 2016 10:34 PM

    The “obvious evidence” excuse is getting very old. Either use replay to correct wrongs as intended or get rid of it. I’ve witnessed at least a half dozen painfully obvious bad calls be upheld due to the “obvious” reasoning so far this season and you know it’s going to cost a team their season before its all said and done.

  36. imodan says: Oct 14, 2016 11:08 PM

    rjth2012 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 7:30 PM
    Hey Blandino this is right in line with The Clintons & Hillary specifically not selling our country down the drain. You are corrupt for the league and will dump on every one the 32 teams in the NFL!!! FRAUD ALERT BLANDINO!
    I will say this much you have more integrity then the Corrupt Clinton foundation and her entire campaign.
    That leaves you Blandino at a minus 50 when it comes to trustworthiness ! What a joke…
    ————————————————————-
    I’m sorry, Fox News is two floors up. This is a sports site, not a site for the basket of despicables.

  37. levanderwilliams says: Oct 14, 2016 11:28 PM

    This guy is Goodell’s puppet, plain and simple. What do you want him to say? The Eagles got hosed the entire game to the tune of 14-2?

  38. 302EaglesFan says: Oct 14, 2016 11:47 PM

    ROTFL. One of the worst officiated games in history. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but that game sure had the making of conspiracy. The officials changed the game from the beginning to the end all in favor of the Lions. One could easily point to ratings and a big market team falling to 1-4. Diaper load!

  39. waters20 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:28 AM

    Let’s not debate politics here- if you must insult a candidate do it on twitter. Be with your people.

  40. thereving7 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:38 AM

    I’ve been saying this league is, maybe not fixed but influenced for years. I’ve seen way too many bad calls. I’ve even googled NFL is fixed numerous times because Ive started to believe it. Such a sad thing because the NFL was probably the best professional sport,

  41. thereving7 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:40 AM

    Cardsfann1
    Interesting that my sister, a die hard lions fan, has her birthday on ground hogs day. What a world huh

  42. torebear says: Oct 15, 2016 5:38 AM

    Had they overturned it without clear evidence, I would have been livid.

    And FYI the refs weren’t that bad. It was the Eagles that were still on a bye week, with a tons of correct penalties called for sloppiness.

    Offside, 2 roughing penalties, 2 delay of game penalties, and an illegal formation. Not to mention the one with pulling the helmet of the QB…

    They better get that in order or else they will get a chance to blame the refs for another loss.

    The Lions had one false start and a declined offside in addition to an unsportsmanlike penalty.

  43. 12brichandfamous says: Oct 15, 2016 7:05 AM

    If the game is so close that an officials call sways it, then you did not do enough to win. Don’t let the score be that close.

    Both teams think they are right; someone is going to be disappointed.

  44. wiitrainingcamp says: Oct 15, 2016 7:20 AM

    I really had no problem with this particular call. I mean, if you don’t won’t the other team to recover, don’t fumble. It’s preventable.

    What isn’t preventable (by the players) are all the penalty calls that weren’t really penalties and all the obvious penalties that weren’t called. That’s where the real problem lies.

    It really was one of the worst officiated NFL games I’ve ever seen. A real embarrassment to the league. At least it probably would be if they weren’t too busy counting money to care.

  45. dolphins4 says: Oct 15, 2016 7:55 AM

    Blandino and his boys were paid off in that game.

  46. bobbyinlondon says: Oct 15, 2016 8:20 AM

    Maybe someone could ask him about the “chop block” that was called on Darren Sproles during a key moment in the first half. A chop block, as defined by the NFL is hitting a defensive player below the waist while he was engaged with another offensive player. The replay showed Sproles taking on the defensive player one on one, and blocking him WELL ABOVE THE WAIST, in the midsection.

    Of course, what else is Blandino going to say about that incompetence that was on the field. Oh, and your official “forgot” which team was on offense when they called the Eagles for illegal man downfield.

  47. therealtrenches says: Oct 15, 2016 9:23 AM

    I’m not surprised that Blandino is denying what everybody can see if they go to NFL.com and watch the video.

    But I am surprised that nobody is even talking about the fact that Darius Slay yanked Nelson Agholor’s right shoulder a split second before the ball arrived on that game clinching interception.

    The foul was obvious enough that if the receiver was somebody beloved and famous like Antonio Brown or Jordy Nelson, and the flag came out, nobody but Slay would have protested after seeing the replay, and the team would’ve had the ball well within field goal range.

    It was also a game changing call.

  48. jimkempner says: Oct 15, 2016 10:07 AM

    I take issue with the basic approach, ie., the need for clear evidence to overturn the ruling on the field. While at first that seems to make sense, it does not when you think about it. Why would a decision made in haste carry more weight than one made after careful and deliberate review?

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 15, 2016 10:22 AM

    To those of you who feel the need to include politics in your comments none of you get it.

    Dems, GOP, both are the same. Both are utterly and totally corrupt. Both candidates are utterly and totally despicable. Neither party has any interest but stealing as much public money as possible and funneling it to the corporate influence peddlers that own them and getting their bribes back in the form of “campaign contributions”.

    You need to open your eyes. I don’t know what the answer is but it is not the Dems and not the GOP. Both are awful for the country.

  50. famundacheese says: Oct 15, 2016 10:48 AM

    The Lions offense made more tackles than the Eagles defense in the first half, no flags. It was some bad officiating. That being said, it’s over complaining does nothing. Don’t fumble while running down the clock. They had their chances and they blew it. P.S. We got the wrong Kendricks.

  51. thetruthcampaign says: Oct 15, 2016 11:02 AM

    Fumbles are easy. The Lions could use more luck.

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