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Falcons livid about missed pass interference call

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, right, and Earl Thomas (obscured) break up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Falcons 26-24. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) AP

The Falcons nearly pulled off a major upset at Seattle, which would have been the final act of an impressive Panthers-Broncos-Seahawks triumph trifecta. Atlanta ultimately lost the game, and the most glaring play responsible for it involved an incident of pass interference that wasn’t called.

The replays make the infraction obvious. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman grabbed the right arm of Falcons receiver Julio Jones, keeping Jones from extending with both hands to make the catch on a deep ball thrown down the middle of the field with Atlanta facing fourth and 10. Although Jones nearly secured with ball with a left hand, his chances of catching it would have been much better if Sherman hadn’t impeded Jones.

It’s possible that Jones would have drawn the flag if he’d flopped to the ground (although it wouldn’t have been a flop, per se). It’s also possible that, if pass interference weren’t a spot foul, the flag would have been thrown. Regardless, the call was missed — and the Falcons are livid.

Yes, coach Dan Quinn said all the right things at his post-game press conference. The team is nevertheless privately furious, in part because the call was missed and in part because there was no way to fix it.

Pass interference currently isn’t subject to replay review in the NFL. The rule has been defended in the past by describing the existence of pass interference as a judgment call. But even “judgment” can be exercised so poorly that indisputable visual evidence of the error exists.

The fact that it’s a spot foul makes it even more important to correct obvious errors. And “obvious” should be the key word; if it’s clear that the officials made a mistake, the league should correct it with replay review.

Maybe the good news is that situations like this will prompt the NFL to include defensive pass interference within the scope of reviewable plays. Not that the change would help the Falcons, who are now 4-2 when they could have been 5-1.

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  1. ctiggs says: Oct 16, 2016 9:38 PM

    Refs cheated Niners out a W couple weeks ago. I understand your pain falcon fans

  2. janneywheels says: Oct 16, 2016 9:39 PM

    leave it as is: unreviewable

    you can’t tell officials to only overturn “obvious” fouls

    “after review I’m thinkin yeah, it probably could’ve been called, but it’s probably not so obvious to overturn so we’re gonna let it stand”

  3. stampnhawk says: Oct 16, 2016 9:40 PM

    If Julio doesn’t have alligator arms the series before, Seatlle doesn’t pick him off and doesn’t have a lead.

  4. Scott says: Oct 16, 2016 9:40 PM

    That was blatant. Sherman got away with one.

  5. bartpkelly says: Oct 16, 2016 9:41 PM

    Why would Atlanta be livid about the non call on Kearse in the endzone?

    Probably for the same reason they had a non-call on Sherman.

    Would Atlanta have kicked a FG?
    Would Seattle have scored from the 1 forcing Atlanta to need a TD?

    Only Bo knows…only Bo…

  6. exinsidetrader says: Oct 16, 2016 9:41 PM

    If they start reviewing Pass Interference calls how can Refs make extra money on the side fixing games?

  7. win1soon says: Oct 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    Every yr the fans and media complain about how inconsistent officiating is and every year the owners have there meetings and nothing changes. This is a huge reason why ratings are down , it is getting harder and harder to watch!

  8. dmartin17 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    Review PI… if only there was some coach out there advocating for all plays being reviewable. For years even!

  9. cardsfann1 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    The fact that there is 0 accountability for how the refs call games by the NFL this will continue to happen year after year. It’s a shame that Seattle got that win today due to an obvious non call on Sherman.

  10. packmangamble says: Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    Seattle always seems to get the calls at home. This was an injustice. Refer to the Hail Mary pass during the referee strike against the Packers.

  11. johny248 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    The officiating this year is just terrible! The amount of missed calls, as well as blown calls has been insane. To to mention there has been a lot of lopsided officiating this season also. It’s very difficult to believe that these officials are not biased towards certain teams. The only way to fix this is to either find officials whom are completely objective (which is pretty much impossible since they are human) or make EVERYtHING reviewable. I know it will slow down the game even more which sucks, but at the same time far too many teams have been screwed this season by bad or missed calls. It really isn’t fair for a team to win or lose a game because someone got a call wrong.

  12. The Truth says: Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    Just like in new england with the bungles in total contral going into the half and tammy throws a horrible ball on third down which would have forced the patsies to punt. FLAG ! Phanton defensive holding ! Turned whole game around

  13. pemory says: Oct 16, 2016 9:46 PM

    NFL Refs. simply cannot get PI correct. Obvious miss on Sherman, obviously blown, ticky-tack PI calls against the Saints were the only reason Carolina stayed in the game with them. Seems like since refs. have no idea what PI is, they simply use it as a weapon to assist the more popular teams/players in the league. Yet another reason the NFL’s popularity is on the wane.

  14. mogogo1 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:46 PM

    The obvious plays like this should be fixed. No question. Problem is the replay officials can never stop at the obvious and will end up overturning countless borderline calls that should have stood. They will find a way to make things worse by adding pass interference to reviewable plays because that is how the NFL is.

  15. bucrightoff says: Oct 16, 2016 9:47 PM

    If the games are going to take 3 to 4 hours and have 2 to 3 hours of commercials, they can at least get the calls right every now and then, even if it takes replay.

  16. claymus1 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:47 PM

    Lawyers……

  17. roanboon says: Oct 16, 2016 9:48 PM

    I would have used a challenge, still knowing it can’t be overturned, just to make the refs look at their mistake.

  18. Purple People Eaters says: Oct 16, 2016 9:48 PM

    If you want to understand why tv ratings are down, look to the officiating.

  19. tbone4444 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:49 PM

    Play better, don’t let the game come down to that. Multiple calls are missed every single game…

  20. Hitdog18 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:49 PM

    I’ve seen the same type of play before that didn’t draw a flag, since when is it ok to hold down one of the WR’s arms? How is that not the definition of PI?

  21. profootball13 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:51 PM

    Don’t be sore losers…….smh……

  22. newmancave2016 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:51 PM

    Welcome to the 2016 Stolen Games Club. You and the Eagles are charter members.

  23. gbatap says: Oct 16, 2016 9:51 PM

    Raiders dB dove and knocked the feet from under a chiefs receiver while the ball was headed his way and there was no pi on that either. The refs sucks plain and simple. Every week even the most straightforward, routine calls are being botched. A guy comes out of a fumble scrum with the ball before the ref signals a turnover for the other team… If they can’t something like that right do you really think they can get a pass interference call against the team that’s “supposed to win” right? Child please.

  24. buckeye044 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:52 PM

    I wonder why ratings are down

  25. donnymacjack says: Oct 16, 2016 9:54 PM

    The “problem” with this particular situation is that there was at least one other PI that wasn’t called when it should have been. It should have been called against the Falcons for their DB interfering with Jermaine Kearse.

    Point being is that it doesn’t matter whether or not we like the non-calls. What IS important to remember is that the officials were very consistent in this game. So it sort of comes down to a question of…do we “let them play” or do we flag every bit of contact between DB’s and WR’s?

  26. jovan19 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:55 PM

    With good reason. My god what a bad call

  27. profootball13 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:56 PM

    packmangamble says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    Seattle always seems to get the calls at home. This was an injustice. Refer to the Hail Mary pass during the referee strike against the Packers
    ———————————————

    Are you transferring your anger and embarrassment from the Packers getting whooped AT HOME by the Cowboys?

  28. nufcedmcgreevey says: Oct 16, 2016 9:56 PM

    Broncos, Giants, Cowboys, packers, steelers get calls every week. They are goodells fab 5.

  29. routerunner says: Oct 16, 2016 9:56 PM

    Eh, couldn’t care less about the result of the game, so I say if you are relying on a defensive PI call on a double teamed jump ball to give you a shot, you deserve to lose anyway.

  30. carloswlassiter says: Oct 16, 2016 9:57 PM

    The Truth says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    Just like in new england with the bungles in total contral going into the half and tammy throws a horrible ball on third down which would have forced the patsies to punt. FLAG ! Phanton defensive holding ! Turned whole game around
    ————————————————————
    Let’s see, this call (which I thought was correct, but let’s play along with your rant) too place in the first half.

    Cincinnati regained the lead in the 2nd half, so I’m not sure how this “turned the whole game around”.

    And then New England went on to win by 18 points, so in total I would say that your argument is very, very weak.

  31. maust1013 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:58 PM

    A Hawks DN getting away with mugging a receiver, there’s something new.

  32. damondred1 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:00 PM

    As a falcons fan, I am okay with it.

    You can’t let it come down to the refs.

    That being said, I think my falcons are legit. Probably the best team in the NFC. It’s not the Seahawks… they probably should have lost this one today, after having a bye and a little help from the refs.

    Could be the vikings too. That defense seems to be solid.

    Also, I would like to add… they actually missed TWO PI calls. The one before Julio’s should have been called too. Shead (I think) ran through Sanu and didn’t turn around. It’s the exact call they made on Alford 6 minutes prior.

  33. profootball13 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:00 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:38 PM

    Refs cheated Niners out a W couple weeks ago. I understand your pain falcon fans
    ————————————

    So….somebody DOES have it better?…..

  34. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 16, 2016 10:02 PM

    Dean Blandino needs to be fired. He’ll admit when officials make mistakes but refuses to hold them accountable. Also, he never played or coached in the NFL or worked as an official.

  35. learysdisciples says: Oct 16, 2016 10:02 PM

    Thanks captain obvious…we couldn’t tell that from the reaction of the coach.

  36. skinstowin says: Oct 16, 2016 10:03 PM

    No idea why that ref in clear view all of a sudden grows cataracts in his eyes. He was staring right at the arm bar that loser db put on Julio. Why Julio didn’t throw a tantrum right away either? Could have pulled flag if jumped up livid like his coach did.

  37. damondred1 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:03 PM

    routerunner says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:56 PM
    Eh, couldn’t care less about the result of the game, so I say if you are relying on a defensive PI call on a double teamed jump ball to give you a shot, you deserve to lose anyway.

    —————————————————–

    Except… he wasn’t double teamed. He was actually open.

    If Sherm doesn’t touch him, he catches that ball, we kick a (makeable) FG and the game is probably over.

  38. seanhawk80 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:04 PM

    “Ratings are down.” Just like like all of your teams are “down” at the bottom of the standings. The Kearse no-call, all the offensive holds they ignored, these things tend to work themselves out in the end, and boy howdy!

  39. jeffesky says: Oct 16, 2016 10:04 PM

    Yeah Hawks fans remember SBX. You want to talk about blown calls. How about the cheap shots by the Falcons on Bennett. To say the only blown call was this one and that the Falcons would have one if PI was called. Gimme a break .

  40. mmack66 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:05 PM

    Doesn’t matter anyway. Dean will just come out on Tuesday and claim that their wasn’t enough evidence of pass interference, even though it was just as obvious as a guy recovering his own fumble, and standing there with it while the refs were trying to clear the pile, yet they awarded the football to the other team.

    The more technology those bozos have, the worse the calls get.

  41. jeffesky says: Oct 16, 2016 10:05 PM

    XL.

  42. cincyfredo says: Oct 16, 2016 10:05 PM

    It seems a lot of DB’s are using this method of grabbing a receiver’s arm as they try to catch the ball.
    Seattle appears to be the best at getting away with PI.

  43. coltluger says: Oct 16, 2016 10:07 PM

    Pete Carroll is a long time cheater – witness his days as the USC head coach.

  44. saintswillwin says: Oct 16, 2016 10:08 PM

    Seattle has been getting away with that for years simply by playing the odds.

    They know the refs aren’t likely to call it so they are willing to take the risk of the penalty vs the ball being caught if they hadn’t interfered, and it has worked for them since Pete Carroll became their HC.

  45. jmc8888 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:09 PM

    Not obvious? It was about as obvious as they EVER get. If this isn’t pass interference is, then there shouldn’t even be a rule for it.

    Sherman not only hooked his right arm and turned him, but then went over his left shoulder and started impeding his left arm too.

    All the while the other guy was making contact with the lower portion of his body.

    They don’t get any easier then that one.

    I’m not a Falcons fans, but the facts are the facts.

    It was basically a tackle a second before the ball got there, and it’s amazing Jones still almost got it.

  46. 12brichandfamous says: Oct 16, 2016 10:09 PM

    Don’t let the score be so close that a call that goes against you costs you the game.

  47. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:09 PM

    I’m livid about the call, and I could care less
    about any of those teams. I gotta bad taste in my mouth. If this game was played in Las Vegas I would not follow the NFL anymore.

  48. imodan says: Oct 16, 2016 10:12 PM

    The Truth says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM
    Just like in new england with the bungles in total contral going into the half and tammy throws a horrible ball on third down which would have forced the patsies to punt. FLAG ! Phanton defensive holding ! Turned whole game around
    —————————————————————
    Oh you must be talking about the play they showed on replay which clearly showed the hold 10 yards down field. Nice try Bozo.

  49. Teddy2Tready says: Oct 16, 2016 10:13 PM

    Give every coach one or two Penalty reviews per game in addition to the current challenges. Once their penalty challenge is used up, it’s gone. Just like current challenges.

    NBA reviews out of bounds/last touch judgment calls. No reason NFL can’t.

  50. bert1913 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:13 PM

    WAAAAAAA! losers

  51. tmcb7 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:14 PM

    First, both defenders interfered on the play. Not just Sherman holding Julio’s arm. The other guy hit Julio before the ball arrived too. Both not called.
    Second, the official (upstairs) stops the game all the time to review a call. On turnovers, TD’s… why the hell any critical call or no-call in the last few minutes of a game is not reviewed is baffling. ALL game changing critical moments should be revied in the final minutes…
    Falcons got screwed and i only hope it doesn’t haunt them at the end of the season in some capacity (wild-card, division, home field, bye…)

  52. eddievortex says: Oct 16, 2016 10:14 PM

    dmartin17 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:42 PM
    Review PI… if only there was some coach out there advocating for all plays being reviewable. For years even!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    There’s a coach up in New England who has been advocating for at least 8 years for exactly what you’re asking. Good point by the way.

  53. mistyzhang says: Oct 16, 2016 10:15 PM

    ohhhh good I cannot wait for Dean Blandino to explain why the refs made the correct call to all us stupid fans.

  54. tmcb7 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:15 PM

    oh yeah, the Falcons ALWAYS get screwed. As a falcons fan, we are used to it happening. Still doesn’t make it right.

  55. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 16, 2016 10:16 PM

    Refs didn’t call PI vs Kearse which was even ore so. Would have given the Hawks a 1st and goal at the one on the series they missed the FG.

    Net is Seattle would have likely been up by 9 during the last drive.

  56. Teddy2Tready says: Oct 16, 2016 10:19 PM

    And for crying out loud, add a Penalty Enforcement referee to each crew. One who stands on the sidelines only to review penalty calls with one of those brand-placement Microsoft Tablets. So some 60s-something referee doesnt have to jog 90 yards to stand umder a hood for 3 minutes.

  57. eddievortex says: Oct 16, 2016 10:19 PM

    The Truth says:

    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM
    Just like in new england with the bungles in total contral going into the half and tammy throws a horrible ball on third down which would have forced the patsies to punt. FLAG ! Phanton defensive holding ! Turned whole game around
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    The LIAR says:

    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    Just like in new england with the bungles in total contral going into the half and tammy throws a horrible ball on third down which would have forced the patsies to punt. FLAG ! Phanton defensive holding ! Turned whole game around

    There…I fixed it for you!

  58. PhD says: Oct 16, 2016 10:21 PM

    You spelled Cheathawks wrong. Richard Sherman cheats on almost every play he defends on and seldom gets called. So why not? If you only get called 20% of the time, you get away with it 80%.

  59. mlander12 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:21 PM

    The only reason the Falcons were even in this game was because of a dirty hit on Bennett. They were dominated 3 out of 4 quarters and if not for that dirty hit and a bunch of blown coverage by a McCray in the 3rd this would have been a blow out. They didn’t move the ball an inch that last drive before Shermans PI. Which to me was a make right for Kerses stolen TD

  60. agent7g says: Oct 16, 2016 10:21 PM

    There wasn’t a call on Alford because the ball thrown to Kearse was clearly overthrown.
    Hawks fans are the biggest clowns in the league.
    Am I the only one who saw the stupidity on the sideline after Sherman looked lost and got out of position? What’re you a college team? And what’s with all the jumping around after a kick off? Is pro football a new thing up there and everyone is just so excited about something that happens 10 times a game? Is it a requirement that everyone who enters your stadium put on a wig and get their face painted like a 2 year old?
    You got dominated in the 3rd quarter. This is truly a game that came down to a few plays and the refs mucked it up. Enjoy your win clowns.

  61. dvdman123 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:23 PM

    Cry me a river Falcons. You shouldn’t depend on the refs to bail you out. Go see the bogus calls that went against the Saints in their game today.

  62. grandstandrice says: Oct 16, 2016 10:24 PM

    “It was a bad visual. Actually it was a passing cormorant that grabbed Jones’s arm.” – Dean Blandino

  63. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 16, 2016 10:27 PM

    Without rolling the film, it looks like the Scary Children Luring Clown was part of the highlights.

  64. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:27 PM

    That’s wasn’t even a close call. Richard Sherman restricted Jones’ arm from the play forcing him to make a one hand catch. I mean that’s the epitome of Pass Interference.

    Normally one would say that one bad call is not why a team
    Lost, but no, that missed call is exactly why the Falcons lost.

    It’s sad that such a great clash of the titans was decided by a dumb ref missing a call.

  65. babygaga19 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:27 PM

    Goodell was on the field, disguised as a ref. He told everyone not to flag it, right?

  66. tmcb7 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:28 PM

    On a related note, Angel Hernandez is one of the umpire’s in the NLCS (Cubs/Dodgers series). I know it’s not the same, but when a horrible umpire shows up year after year in the playoffs… it shows the level of corruption in the league offices. The fact that officials look at plays in the final 2 minutes of all games and this is allowed to not be corrected… is laughable. Probably see those same refs in the playoffs!

  67. lapantherfan86 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:29 PM

    Atlanta is upset about ONE missed call in their game?

    That’s cute…

  68. cboys4life2014 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:30 PM

    The great Jimmy Johnson once said “we have to be good enough to overcome bad calls.” The moral here is if Atlanta had played a better game they wouldn’t have been in that position to begin with.

  69. richndc says: Oct 16, 2016 10:30 PM

    Crap like this is the REAL reason ratings are down. This is happening 2-3 times every season. It’s ruining games.

  70. oreo51 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:31 PM

    The Refs also missed the DPI on the Falcons with 2 minutes to play on 3rd and 3. Tyler Lockett was blown up before the ball arrived. Seattle should have had 1st and 10 and been able to run out the clock.

  71. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 16, 2016 10:32 PM

    It was a terrible call. Just like in 2012 when Sidney Rice hitched a piggy back ride on Packers DB Sam Shields, and it was called DPI.

  72. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:32 PM

    agent7g says:
    Oct 16, 2016 10:21 PM
    There wasn’t a call on Alford because the ball thrown to Kearse was clearly overthrown.
    Hawks fans are the biggest clowns in the league.
    Am I the only one who saw the stupidity on the sideline after Sherman looked lost and got out of position? What’re you a college team? And what’s with all the jumping around after a kick off? Is pro football a new thing up there and everyone is just so excited about something that happens 10 times a game? Is it a requirement that everyone who enters your stadium put on a wig and get their face painted like a 2 year old?
    You got dominated in the 3rd quarter. This is truly a game that came down to a few plays and the refs mucked it up. Enjoy your win clowns.
    ————

    You’re here firing off at everyone, yet everything you wrote is stupid and inaccurate.

    Kearse was completely mugged and slowed as a result. THAT is why it APPEARED “uncatchable.”

    Sherman had every right to fly off the handle. McCray — who actually blew the coverage leading to the Jones TD, NOT Sherman — was getting out flanked all game on the edges when they were in Cover 1 man or 3 deep.

    You call Hawks fans clowns, yet you’re the clown here.

  73. oreo51 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:34 PM

    The Refs also missed the DPI on the Falcons with 2 minutes to go on 3rd and 3. Tyler Lockett was blown up before the ball arrived at the 20. It should have been Seattle’s ball and 1st and 10. Then they could have run out the clock.

  74. maverick2560 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:38 PM

    I am not a fan of both teams. I also believe that the present day work of NFL officials is way over the top and ruining the game…that given..
    for NFL refs whom seem to make calls that have no effect on the play
    they blew this one big time. I hate seeing Defensive holding calls
    espeicialy when the pass goes to the opposite time.
    The NFL needs to really review its pass interference calls as well as
    defensive holding calls….it is too easy for an offensive player to make
    contact or push off than a defensive player. In all we should adopt the
    15 yard penalty for pass interference. Perhaps Like i roughing a
    kicker ..where it’s blantant it’s a spot foul…where it’s just contact
    It should be a 15 yard penalty…which in the NFL is huge.
    Bottoms line the refs are effecting too many games and making us fans
    sick….every damn play has a penalty.

  75. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 16, 2016 10:42 PM

    Hopefully karma catches up to the Seahawks. They didn’t deserve to win the game.

  76. sundog05 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:44 PM

    Sherman knows the angle the refs can see, and that’s it’s not reviewable. It’s what makes him the “best corner in the game”.

  77. thereving7 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:45 PM

    WAKE UP EVERYBODY, these games are influenced. Think about it, do this many people complain about officiating of the mlb, nba, mls, ncaa everything?

  78. thebirdofprey says: Oct 16, 2016 10:48 PM

    This is where fans who don’t watch games chime in with who should have won. Seattle destroyed Falcons 3 quarters of the game. If we want to talk about the final PI non call how about clear PI on Kearse that stopped his TD?

  79. seattleisbetterthanyourcity says: Oct 16, 2016 10:52 PM

    I’ve just been playing that over and over and laughing at how much the falcons suck lol

  80. damondred1 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:53 PM

    Cheap shot on Bennett?

    Do you guys watch football? It’s called a “cut block” and it happens on just about every slant so that they can knock down the end and prevent him from blocking the pass…

    I mean, that’s Football 101, right? Now, you can say that Matthews shouldn’t have went for the knees, but those are traditionally low blocks.

  81. atldirtybird1 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:53 PM

    Just to throw this out there for those of you that think the block on Bennett was dirty. Bennett is just a punk because he got hurt. That’s a typical cut block that every team uses in the league especially the Seahawks. Rewind the game you’ll see Seattle using the exact same techniques as the Falcons and like I had said every other team in the NFL. If he was already being blocked and someone cut his knees then yeah that’d be dirty and that’s illegal but cut blocks happen 24/7 in the NFL.

  82. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:54 PM

    Wait, they’re livid about the non call on Kearse that would have put the seahawks at 1st and goal (and sorry, but the ball only went over Kearse’s head because he was being tackled from behind before the ball even got there)? Or are they only livid about the non call that didn’t go in their favor?

    The officiating was pretty even in this game. Quit being hypocrite little crybabies when you got away with one even more egregious that would have actually put the seahawks in scoring position. The one at the end wouldn’t have even put the Falcons in scoring position.

  83. bartpkelly says: Oct 16, 2016 10:55 PM

    Ratings are down and reviewing calls like that would make ratings even lower.

    Isn’t the game slowed down enough as it is?

  84. Hawknballs says: Oct 16, 2016 10:56 PM

    Maybe the Falcons shouldn’t have let it come down to a desperation heave on 4th and 10 with the game on the line.

    FYI Sherman has a right to that jump ball also.

  85. laxnhockey says: Oct 16, 2016 10:59 PM

    Sherman commits PI on 7 out of 10 plays

  86. vikinganswer says: Oct 16, 2016 11:06 PM

    Missed call. It happens
    Inside away from view.
    1 call is never the reason.

  87. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Oct 16, 2016 11:07 PM

    “Just like in new england with the bungles in total contral going into the half and tammy throws a horrible ball on third down which would have forced the patsies to punt. FLAG ! Phanton defensive holding ! Turned whole game around”

    Cincy’s first TD came after an awful hands to the face call on Logan Ryan kept the drive alive on third down. Just sayin’…

  88. omegalh says: Oct 16, 2016 11:12 PM

    Arguing PI is futile. Its like holding. Happens every play. Sometimes its missed; sometimes its called ticky tack. Just deal with it.

  89. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:16 PM

    This guy is trying to justify that unnecessary and cheap cut block. According to the rules it was TECHNICALLY legal, but it was cheap and completely unnecessary when Matthews could have easily blocked Bennett up high like a man.

    And if you are not discussing the two non-calls on blatant pass interference against Kearse earlier in the 2nd half, I do not want to hear about a play where a guy is playing the ball and no pass interference is called.

  90. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 16, 2016 11:21 PM

    This is what makes Sherman so overrated, his game is built on pass interference. While most other DBs get flagged, this guy gets to clutch, grab and tackle all he wants… has he paid off all the refs or something?

  91. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Oct 16, 2016 11:47 PM

    We cheated ahahahahahahahaha

  92. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Oct 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  93. CrossTrain says: Oct 16, 2016 11:54 PM

    It’s Richard Sherman. He can do whatever he wants on the field. Oh, that and the refs blow…

  94. finchy74 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:56 PM

    Man, the seachickens have got to have one of the most insufferable fan bases in the league. Most fans would take a win like this quietly, glad they got away with a big win they maybe shouldn’t have.

    But the seaducks fans are actually gloating about “cheating” (their word, not mine). Better hope karma isn’t a real thing.

  95. hairpie2 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:02 AM

    Imagine how mad the teams are that tried playing in Atlanta but had trouble running plays because they cheated for years by pumping in fake crowd noise.

  96. sdcharger123 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:13 AM

    That was a pretty terrible non-call. Probably is, you make one penalty review-able, the next thing people will want personal fouls, defensive holds etc. all review-able. It would make the game even slower than it’s existing sluggish pace.

  97. da34shadow says: Oct 17, 2016 12:25 AM

    If you want to review the penalty, and it was definitely a penalty, then go back and note that the left guard tackles Seattle’s lineman in an effort to stop his rush. So, at best for Atlanta, the call is reviewable and the penalties offset. I am not saying the call was right, just saying that a penalty review cuts both ways.

  98. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 17, 2016 12:27 AM

    packmangamble says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM
    Seattle always seems to get the calls at home. This was an injustice. Refer to the Hail Mary pass during the referee strike against the Packers.
    ———————
    Unlike today’s game, that Hail Mary pass was reviewed (by full-time employees of the NFL), as per the rules regarding that all scoring plays and all turnovers are automatically reviewed.

    The New York office reviewed it a couple of days later, too.

    Bad reference. Really bad reference.

  99. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 17, 2016 12:33 AM

    There is a 13th man that lives in Seattle. His name is “Referee”

  100. sfsaintsfan says: Oct 17, 2016 1:02 AM

    Julio Jones pushes off on probably 1/4 of his catches. It looked like a PI call should have been made on this play, but they were calling them loose in this game, as they do in most Seattle games.

    The Saints lost two very close game on what I thought were bogus PI calls against their defense earlier in the year. As injury ridden as they are on defense, if they had gotten the benefit on non-calls on those two plays, they would be 4-1 right now, so, boo hoo Falcons. Good luck with that second half of the season collapse. You know its coming……(at least I sure hope so..)

  101. dstep24 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:14 AM

    Cry me the Chattahoochee. ATL got away with one earlier. Save it.

  102. j huber says: Oct 17, 2016 1:49 AM

    And for all those whiners, the officials/NFL control the game, not the team. So to call a team a cheater, because an inept ref missed a call is stupid. These inept refs work for the NFL. But I’m sure you will find that the NFL folks in NY, don’t give a damn. Soldier field has been a swamp/mess for thirty years, and nothing is ever done.
    But that’s not the only one, there are additional fields, like the Raiders, who have been playing on a baseball infield for 20 years.

  103. shotgunnoblitz says: Oct 17, 2016 1:53 AM

    I’m a seahawks fan. I have been a victim of bad calls before so you dont get much pity from me. With that being said, that was blatant PI. And with that being said, so was the one against kearse(which was also more of an obvious PI) At the end of the day i know we got away with one. But at the end of the day EVERY team gets away with one, the one against Jones just happened to be at the end of the game so it comes under more scrutiny. As a team you cant rely on the officials doing their job. You dont dial up a 4th and ten with 1 minute left to play and throw the ball 40 yards downfield and hope that if your WR gets held or interfered with he will get the call. I’m not defending the missed call, but you have to question why they were in that position? Why not play for the first down instead of hope that jones can put you into FG position in one fell swoop. Gambled and loss.

  104. udub says: Oct 17, 2016 2:04 AM

    The Seahawks get way too many rep built no calls. This isn’t an isolated incident its just the most obvious to date.

    So many PI or defensive holding calls aren’t called and the refs are like, Well…they’re the “Legion of Boom”

  105. JP says: Oct 17, 2016 2:10 AM

    Wow…crazy comments. If an entire game comes down to 1 bad call then that team didn’t do enough to win. Bad calls are part of the game, and each team has to live with it here and there. The key is not making your “W” contingent on all the calls being correct.

  106. bkbailey76 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:25 AM

    Ok. I am a Seahawk fan. There is no doubt about that. However, I am a true fan of football and a realist. There is no doubt that Sherman held down Julio’s arm on that play. We all know that. There is no conspiracy to cover anything up. The ref simply missed it and Sherman simply was trying to make a play.

    Now if we are looking at the play as football enthusiasts and sticklers for the rules, it should have actually been a non play. If you watch Julio’s release from the line, you’ll see that he should have been flagged for illegal hands to the face on Sherman. It should have been offsetting penalties and a replay of downs. Both penalties were missed. It happens. No one cheated. Its just football.

  107. 302EaglesFan says: Oct 17, 2016 2:53 AM

    I feel bad for the Falcons. They got duped by these moronic officials. The league should be appalled. The Eagles have been raped 2x this year. When the Refs can change the outcome on 3-4 drives a game and the game comes down to one drive, there is a huge problem. It happened against the Eagles again today, against the ‘Skins. A 31 yard pass on a game-changing play is wiped away because of a phantom call, in a game were there’s a huge disparity in calls favoring 1 team. Last week the refs hand the Lions the win on a silver platter with 14 penalties against the Eagles vs. 2 on the Lions. It’s not far-fetched to think the league is trying to level the wins-losses to have more competitive teams for their ratings.

  108. rugolin says: Oct 17, 2016 5:20 AM

    The CFL in Canada allows a coach’s challenge when they want pass interference reviewed by a video official because it is such a game changing penalty like this incident has proven. In a CFL game ole Richard Sherman would have been busted by the opposing coach and the game may have turned out differently. The NFL would be wise to try out the rule themselves with the all the video technology they have at their disposal.

  109. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:39 AM

    And yet another game DECIDED by the officials’ horrible calls. Had enough of this crap yet? I have and now spend all my Sunday afternoons on the golf course where I don’t have to watch a game that features 29 penalties, 16 official reviews and 11 interviews with some retired referee who’s sitting in a studio in LA.

  110. bucnasty says: Oct 17, 2016 6:12 AM

    It’s all fixed by Las Vegas in the end

  111. chris11le says: Oct 17, 2016 6:50 AM

    The refs in the Giants game had an extra PI or two that didnt exist. They should have let the Falcons borrow one.

  112. n0hopeleft says: Oct 17, 2016 7:42 AM

    The Giants got hosed on a PI call on DRC that almost cost us the game. Not sure what you mean by the Giants always get calls…

  113. uglydingo says: Oct 17, 2016 8:02 AM

    An obvious penalty was missed at a critical point in the game by the officiating crew. The big question to ask is whether Dean Blandino was involved in the decision or not?

  114. pft264 says: Oct 17, 2016 8:04 AM

    That was PI in any era of NFL. Should’ve been called, Refs should get it right w/out a review.

  115. RegisHawk says: Oct 17, 2016 8:21 AM

    Man, those grapes must really be sour. This is what happens when you try to live by the fantasy (“Wow! We’re gonna beat the 3 best teams in the league all in a row!!!”).

  116. stevefoolbody says: Oct 17, 2016 8:29 AM

    Oh, yes. Of course. This WOULD be the first time in NFL history that a pass interference wasn’t called to the liking of one team. May I put in mine, having attended this game and watched from Row One, Section 138? Mine would be when an Atlanta defender literally climbed up Jermaine Kearse’s back on the Falcons’ two yard line, about 30 feet in front of me, a full two seconds before the ball got to him. The entire stadium erupted. It was on the Jumbotron. The refs blew it and EVERYBODY knew it. The Atlanta Falcons had PLENTY of chances to win that game and they got stifled for three of the four quarters by the best defense in the game. Sherman was absolutely correct to go ballistic about being pulled off of Julio Jones. The only times Jones did any real damage was when Sherman wasn’t on him. Jones is a GREAT receiver and he’s going to catch balls. Sherman did a great job on him – except when Chris Richard, for reasons known only to God and Chris, pulled Sherman off Jones.

    All this taken together and from the vantage point of somebody who was actually at the game and not watching it on TV? Wah-wah-wah.

  117. infectorman says: Oct 17, 2016 8:32 AM

    clutch and grab and clutch and grab.

    Seadderal does it on every play. At home they get a pass. On the road not as much.

    Sherman* didn’t pass the pee test. He is a cheater, in more ways than one. Everyone outside of Seattle knows this.

  118. laces out says: Oct 17, 2016 9:14 AM

    PI needs to be fixed and the NFL notices there’s a problem. Their solution will probably be to tweak PATs again

  119. dwarftosser says: Oct 17, 2016 9:25 AM

    Missed calls happen, and are going to keep happening.. but it’s just frustrating that Seattle always seems to be on the beneficial side of them. Pete’s smugness about them makes it more infuriating than it should be.

  120. whispersd says: Oct 17, 2016 9:26 AM

    One has to wonder at what the NFL’s purpose is for saying that PI calls are not reviewable. Indeed, no penalty that relies upon a judgment call can be reviewed. But those are precisely the calls that are most likely to be blown.

  121. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 9:28 AM

    If it were not for the refs throwing calls the Seahawks’ way the Hawks would never make the playoffs….

  122. chris11le says: Oct 17, 2016 9:38 AM

    @n0hopeleft: I meant there were a couple spare ones called ON the Giants that the Falcons could have had!

    Specifically the DRC one you mentioned. I love how Simms was on TV saying you can see his right hand wrapped around the receiver, yet both BRIGHT PINK GLOVES were visibly not touching him AND they were both looking up at the ball.

    Its possible that both phantom PIs called on the Giants were thrown by the same ref, too.

  123. daramsman says: Oct 17, 2016 9:50 AM

    Somebody needs to start catching the refs after the game and shove cameras and mics in their faces. Lets start hearing from them right after games like players. Why do they get to make momentous mistakes and then disappear in the night? Everyone should be under scrutiny to perform. Even the zebras!

  124. wulls1313 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:58 AM

    sfsaintsfan says:
    Oct 17, 2016 1:02 AM

    Julio Jones pushes off on probably 1/4 of his catches. It looked like a PI call should have been made on this play, but they were calling them loose in this game, as they do in most Seattle games.
    ————————————————–
    Actually in the last 3 years Seattle has been the most penalized team in the league while their opponents have been called for the least but don’t let fact get in the way of your argument.

  125. goodluckking says: Oct 17, 2016 9:59 AM

    If it was GB instead of ATL, 3 flags would have flown.

  126. metalman5150 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:00 AM

    Falcons should be pissed! That was the most blatant no-call, PI of the week and it directly resulted in a Loss for a playoff caliber team!

    Shame, Shame, Shame.

  127. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:01 AM

    And once again, the zebras are deciding games with horrible calls. No wonder the league is sinking like a stone.

  128. FinFan68 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:08 AM

    Regardless, the call was missed — and the Falcons are livid.
    ~~~~~~~~
    That call was not ‘missed’; it was ignored by the officials (yes, plural)

    That type of thing happens way too often on certain teams for there to be any sense of fairness or integrity in the game. If the scenario were reversed and the Seahawks were behind and driving, 3 or more flags would land next to those players. Some teams will get those calls and right now Atlanta is not one of those teams.

    That bothers me more than anything else about the NFL. If you cannot trust that the officials are not biased then the results of every game come into question. This should have been priority #1 for the league, but instead, they seem to go out of their way to craft rules that can be interpreted in whatever way strikes their fancy during any given moment. And to top it off, the league office has a hotline conference to tell the game officials how to call replay reviews in case some ratings or favored results are needed.

  129. dwoofer says: Oct 17, 2016 10:35 AM

    I thought the NFL wanted the highest quality of football for its product that could be put on the field each week. How can fans enjoy and support the game if the referees cheat a team in such obvious fashion? Are the refs afraid of the fans? Are they taking bribes? Does gambling’s long claws determine how the refs call a game? What is it about the NFL that tolerates such unfairness?

  130. j huber says: Oct 17, 2016 11:11 AM

    The NFL/PFT is so worried by critisism, that posts they don’t like are deleted.. Gotta keep the propaganda going to support those inept clowns in NY. Some of whom, make a million a month, and haven’t accomplished anything in 30 years. 30 years for on field team communication problems, during games say it all.

  131. jmethane says: Oct 17, 2016 12:04 PM

    Listen to all the brand new Falcons bandwagon fans crying. If you had been around a little while you know this happens all the time and would have been through it before.

    Kearse was interfered with the series before for a touchdown but no you’re not talking about that.

    You guys think that the refs are bad now? You should have seen them back in the Fail Mary days

  132. wulls1313 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:49 PM

    bucnasty says:
    Oct 17, 2016 6:12 AM

    It’s all fixed by Las Vegas in the end
    ——————————————

    Except for the fact that the Falcons were already covering the spread genius.

  133. allight59 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:10 PM

    Refs must have thought Packers were on defense and trying, once again, to give them a game. Or, with the Packers being so bad, they’ve switched their allegience to the Seahawks

  134. winninaintsinnin says: Oct 17, 2016 9:22 PM

    Yes, when Alford is pulling on Kearse jersey it will tend to make the ball over thrown.

    LOL

    Atlanta fans are trying to take the whining title from the Pats.

  135. aj66shanghai says: Oct 19, 2016 2:01 AM

    They were praying for a miracle and the refs weren’t about to give them one. Y’all throwing a fit over it but it did not “decide the game.” Being down 2 points and sitting at 4th and 10 deep in their own territory is what decided the game. All you “integrity of the game”-types crack me up. You’d prefer the refs actually step in and alter the outcome of a game which saw one team absolutely dominate the other save for 3 drives in the 3rd quarter.

    How much fun would it be if the NFL directs refs to start gifting PI calls on 4th and long at the ends of close games? Whiners

  136. silvercrush33 says: Oct 20, 2016 1:57 PM

    Falcons fans-
    I feel your pain. Terrible non-call.
    At least it wasn’t in the playoffs.
    Signed,
    A Lions fan.

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