The NFL’s primary weekly highlight show has taken a liberty with one of the most important highlights of the week.
On Inside the NFL, the critical fourth-down play in Seattle, which included both a pass interference foul by cornerback Richard Sherman that wasn’t called and an illegal blow to the head by receiver Julio Jones that wasn’t called, was edited to omit the infraction committed by Jones.
The misleading adjustment was noticed by the folks at HawkBlogger.com.
Instead of footage showing Jones wallop Sherman at the line of scrimmage while facing press coverage, Inside the NFL used a clip of Jones beginning a pass route with a free release.
Whatever the reason and whether it was deliberate or not, the highlight was false. Which makes me wonder how often devices like that are used when preparing highlights of games.
The end result should make Seahawks fans upset, since focusing on the end of the play and not the beginning reinforces the notion that the Seahawks stole a win. Ideally, offsetting fouls would have been called — and the Falcons would have gotten another shot at fourth and 10.