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Inside the NFL edits Julio Jones foul out of fateful play

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends against Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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34 Responses to “Inside the NFL edits Julio Jones foul out of fateful play”
  1. Stiller43 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:50 AM

    “The misleading adjustment was noticed by the folks at HawkBlogger.com.”
    ______

    Oh you mean biased Seahawks fans noticed it and got fiesty? Weird.

    Regardless of what they showed, it should have been offsetting penalties, not a Falcons turnover on downs.

  2. sloiggles says: Oct 19, 2016 11:54 AM

    The more likely situation is that the NFL told them not to show the penalty in order to avoid further scathing criticism of the referees.

    Which begs the question once again: Exactly how were the “replacement referees” any worse than the current ones?

  3. jdrewsy says: Oct 19, 2016 11:54 AM

    Trust The NFL??

  4. Staticphear says: Oct 19, 2016 11:54 AM

    eh, just let them play.

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    Who do they think they are, CNN?

  6. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Oct 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    Responsible Seahawks fans recognize the Falcons should have had another shot. Falcons fans should recognize that as well. But, because everyone gets all huffy puffy right outta the gate, we are left with the reality that everyone is a bunch of jerks and we all hate one another. We’re on to next week. Get over it.

  7. doomsdaydefensetx says: Oct 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    The NFL is becoming a joke. Someone catches the ball it’s ruled incomplete. Someone interferes on a pass blatantly, no flags. I mean there are a lot of flags being thrown anyways but the continuity is laughable. Good thing I stream all games from European websites for free lol.

  8. jeffmage says: Oct 19, 2016 12:14 PM

    This makes sense for the NFL. Their ratings are sagging and they need a conflict to draw the viewer’s interest.

    In the original video of the play, each player committed a foul and neither was called by the officials. This leaves us with a blown call and neither team getting away with anything. That does not create interest.

    However, if they edit the video, we are left with one player committing a foul and not being called for it. This results in one team gaining an advantage.

    This creates a conflict and the casual fans will be talking about it at their jobs and may tune in for next week’s games.

    It is shady and dishonest, but good marketing by the NFL, totally understandable.

  9. factschecker says: Oct 19, 2016 12:15 PM

    Nobody likes corruption.

  10. number1hawkfan says: Oct 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    As a Seahawks fan I feel for the Falcons. We were victim to bad calls on the biggest stage. 2005 super bowl vs the Jerome Bettis homecoming to Detroit steelers. It sucks but I’ll tell you what was told to us. Don’t let the refs control your destiny. 4-1 is 4-1 for us and I couldn’t care less bout the outside perception of my team. If we win the division and possibly get home field I’m not gonna care if anyone’s complaining about how we got there.

  11. billybone says: Oct 19, 2016 12:26 PM

    20 years ago this would have been just a normal play. So many people complain about all the rules, but then also complain when the refs finally allow the players to play. You win some and loss some; it’s happened to every team.

  12. uncletuna says: Oct 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    How does this fit in with the integrity of the shield?

  13. drock36 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    They both got away with one – happens every play.

  14. digitalsasquatch says: Oct 19, 2016 12:34 PM

    The joy that is high-def, ultra slo-mo replay…we’re all real-time experts from our LaZBoys.

  15. bert1913 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:35 PM

    And they wonder why viewership is down

  16. antkowiak666 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:38 PM

    They have ruined the game I once loved.But no big deal really….I have the NHL to keep me entertained…..fast paced,hard hittng,and gotta love the scrums!

  17. thedom2424 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:40 PM

    The vast majority of commentators who have discussed the Sherman non-call have entirely failed to mention the non-call on Jones. For the most part, I believe it’s because they don’t even know about it. However, in this instance, the decision to edit the video to show the start of a different play as if it was the actual play is very suspicious and seems like the producers deliberately swept that under the rug.

    There was also a very similar PI non-call that the Falcons got away with earlier in the 4th quarter on a long pass to Jermaine Kearse. The fact of the matter is, the refs let both teams play the entire game. It wasn’t just that last play. There were hardly any flags thrown all game on both sides.

  18. tvguy22 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:45 PM

    Trying to change the narrative? Like Redskins?

  19. j huber says: Oct 19, 2016 12:46 PM

    If the refs called all fouls, the game could take hours. And Hitler could get richer, he only makes about 2.8 million per month.

  20. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 19, 2016 12:47 PM

    “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.”

    More precisely, they DID focus on the beginning of the play, with dramatic music and camera angles, etc. They just needed to lie about the beginning because they don’t want Julio to be remembered as “that” kind of player.

  21. mmack66 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:02 PM

    uncletuna says:
    Oct 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    How does this fit in with the integrity of the shield?
    —————————

    It fits perfectly with Goodell’s integrity.

  22. remylebeu says: Oct 19, 2016 1:22 PM

    Actually, go back and watch the play. Atlanta committed 2 hands to the face fouls.

    There was the Jones/Sherman penalty but if you watch the line, Atlanta’s left tackle shoves Seattle’s rusher’s head back while stepping aside and shoving him in the back which gave Ryan the time to throw the ball.

    It’s pretty easy to see, just look for the Seattle player on the defensive line who’s head snaps all the way back right after the snap of the ball. Almost at the exact time Jones was head slapping Sherman.

  23. rcali says: Oct 19, 2016 1:22 PM

    Yikes, very Clintonesque. As usual, nothing to see here folks, just keep acting like a zombie.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    Of course it was done intentionally.

    Showing the other foul didn’t fit the league’s narrative.

    Its bad enough to miss or ignore one blatant foul. To miss or ignore two is screwup on the refs that can’t be ignored.

    That said, if both had been called would they have been offsetting? Who knows what would have happened had they replayed the down.

  25. floriosnuts says: Oct 19, 2016 1:35 PM

    Somebody got a call from the NFL.

  26. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 19, 2016 2:05 PM

    At this point, even Fox News is more trustworthy than the NFL

  27. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 19, 2016 2:13 PM

    I hope Inside the NFL responds to this next week. Like Drew Brees, we ……

  28. asianseahawksfan says: Oct 19, 2016 2:31 PM

    For some reason I’m not surprised….

  29. whatevnfl says: Oct 19, 2016 4:05 PM

    The NFL is not becoming a joke, the NFL already is a joke.

  30. steeelfann0155 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:13 PM

    “whether it was deliberate or not” …….. what is this, the DNC party in charge now?

  31. kamthechancellor says: Oct 19, 2016 8:01 PM

    Seriously? All we had to hear about this game from the media and trolls was how Seattle “stole” the game…forget about, you know, already being in the lead. Now we find out the replay was altered to fit the story. As a lifelong Seahawks fan I’m not surprised one bit. They changed the defensive contact rules the year after Seattle won the Superbowl. Changed the blocking rules this year to ban blocks that the Seahawks used in their zone blocking scheme. There is definitely an anti-Seahawk agenda. Yeah, my tinfoil hat is on, but my fellow Seahawks fans know what I’m talking about.

  32. marima07 says: Oct 20, 2016 8:05 AM

    Why generate more outrage than necessary by spotlighting two mistakes by the officials, when that neat editing feature can erase one of them?

  33. acgrow says: Oct 20, 2016 8:44 AM

    East coast teams will always get the benefit of the doubt. Seattle will always be the whipping boy.

  34. tylawspick6 says: Oct 20, 2016 9:14 AM

    “The vaunted Polish Army is amassing at the German border!” – Josef Goebbels, August 1939

    “Bill Belichick was the only person to ever have his video coordinator on the road in the wrong location for the video coordinator to film from and I will call it ‘Spygate!'” – Roger Goodell, 2007

    “Tom Brady is so concerned about getting his large hands to grip a football, he set up a scheme via a 3rd party part timer old guy to be responsible for deflating 12 balls by himself in 90 seconds!” – Roger Goodell, 2015

    “There was no PI on Sherman and it never happened!” – Roger Goodell overseeing NFL Films, 2016

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