Blandino stands by his officials on Hopkins non-touchdown

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Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins appeared to have a touchdown taken away from him by the officials when he was ruled out of bounds as he tiptoed along the sideline en route to the end zone on Monday night. But NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino believes his officials got it right.

Blandino posted a video showing the Hopkins play and said that Hopkins’ heel did appear to touch the white sideline. Blandino acknowledged that the replay doesn’t conclusively show that the officials were correct, but he doesn’t think it shows the officials were incorrect either.

“The right foot at the 36-yard line,” Blandino said. “Look at the heel. The heel appears to be in the white. It’s not right down the line so it’s not definitive, but we certainly can’t say he was obviously in bounds from this angle. The heel looks like it’s down. It looks like it could be touching the white. It’s not definitive either way. . . . It certainly appears that the foot is out of bounds. . . . There’s no way we can say this foot is clearly in bounds and the ruling on the field is that he was out.”

Blandino pointed out that a play like that can’t be reviewed on instant replay because once an official signals that a play is over, it’s over.

“This is not reviewable,” Blandino said. “If we rule the player out of bounds, we’re killing it, we’re blowing whistles, you can’t give an advance in replay. The theory is the players are stopping because of the dead ball ruling and it would be impossible to tell where the receiver would have ended up if we hadn’t killed the play.”

It’s actually not impossible to tell where Hopkins would have ended up: Hopkins obviously would have ended up in the end zone, given that he’s a fast runner who was five yards beyond the nearest defender. But under NFL rules, that call was impossible to change.

131 responses to “Blandino stands by his officials on Hopkins non-touchdown

  1. funny nobody is talking about the brutal pass interference call on an uncatchable pass which allowed them to score a td.

    And the broncos call vs the saints was worse!!

    Raider haters keep crying I love those tears!!

  2. I can’t stand Blandino, but I think the officials actually got this one right. I was surprised with the tone of the telecast, they seemed to think that it was a definite mistake.

  3. with no dogs in this fight, i can say this was the most dreadfully officiated game I’ve watched this season…and that’s saying something.

  4. His heel was up. Every time this hack comments on terrible calls he defends his guys, thats why nothing changes, ZERO accountability. No comment on the two extremely obvious missed first downs? Especially when one was REVIEWED? Of course not

  5. Absolutely horrible officiating last night. Makes you wonder if those quick whistles and “inconclusive” replay reviews were influenced by the NFL’s desire to make sure all those Mexican Raiders fans went home happy….after stopping by the merchandise stand on the way out…

    Follow the money….you’ll find the fix…

  6. Texans fans and supposedly people who don’t have a dog in this fight need to get over it. If it’s one thing I learned, never leave the game in the hands of the officials.

    Y’all were screwed on those ball spots but guess what….still had plenty of opportunities to win the game.

    I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss every damn time. Just win baby

  7. I agree. Definitely inconclusive. TV didn’t focus on that right foot at the 36. In real time it looked like he was out. On slow-mo replay you can see his heel may have hovered over the sideline and not touched.
    Either way it’s not reviewable. If they don’t blow the whistle he would’ve scored and there wouldn’t have been evidence to overturn either.

  8. I want full-time refs too. This call, and other highly suspect calls / non-calls throughout the game, almost cost me a win in my fantasy league!

  9. “Impossible” to tell where he would have ended up? My own eyes saw him continue to run until he crossed the goal line. It was obvious from the angle I saw, there was a tiny bit of green between his foot and the white line at the 36, so, to me, that means he was never out of bounds, and this play was a touchdown. Again, the officials bungle a scoring play.

  10. What does Blandino say about the many terrible spots and subsequent reviews that were missed? I understand missing the spotting of the ball by a little bit, but to look at the replay and still miss the call is mindboggling.

  11. If this were any of the “elite” teams the NFL protects with officiating, the refs would have let the play go and reviewed it later. Last night was another blatantly obvious reminder that the NFL will do whatever it takes to protect the teams they believe will drive the ratings higher.

    It also showed in the 2 horrible spots for Houston at the end of the game. Andrew Luck’s Colt’s winning the AFCS is far better for viewership than a Watt-less Houston winning and the NFL helped facilitate that last night.

  12. I thought the one angle showed he did step on the line, but they never showed that angle again. Maybe the guys in the booth knew the fix was in and wanted to show the mistake on the Texans to not look as biased as the officials.

  13. I didn’t care who won, last night. That line judge was bad all night, with terrible ball spots. He seemed to be out of position many times.

  14. So in the Broncos/Saints game the logic was to let the play continue and correct if necessary through review but in this one the logic was to blow it dead with no one between Hopkins and the end zone. Yeah, seems legit. Cue the carnival music, next up those ridiculous spots on 3rd & 4th…

    It is getting harder and harder to take game results seriously. And that’s from a Pats fan with no skin in the game

  15. kevin777w says:
    Nov 22, 2016 8:51 AM
    What does Blandino say about the many terrible spots and subsequent reviews that were missed? I understand missing the spotting of the ball by a little bit, but to look at the replay and still miss the call is mindboggling.

    ————

    The only thing I can say is the yellow first down line tech was off or something because of the new stadium. It better be something like that, because if the lines were right then that game looked as fixed as the 1919 World Series.

  16. They spend the last two decades changing the rules to handcuff the defense and create more scoring but they can’t get an official to swallow the whistle on close calls. The most basic rule of thumb in officiating is don’t make a call you’re not certain of; never guess or assume. Yet, these clowns guess and assume ALL THE TIME. You have replay of ALL scores. LET IT DO ITS JOB.

  17. Whatever happened to letting the play finish out, *then* blowing the play dead? That was the way it was supposed to work, and that would give them a chance to review and correct bad calls, and they stopped doing that.

  18. Horrible spots, horrible calls, NFL Security can’t do their job. Game should have been stopped due to the laser in Osweiler face at the very least….I think the NFL wanted the Raiders to win so there wasn’t a riot. Reason number #7,000 why we shouldn’t be playing games out of the country. Texans absolutely got screwed. Raiders look like a one and done team in the playoffs…

  19. Each team gets 2 challenges for the game. If they use both and are correct both times they get a 3rd challenge.

    WHY DO REFS BLOW WHISTLES ON PLAYS THAT THEY KNOW CAN BE CHALLENGED EITHER BY THE COACHES OR BY AUTOMATIC REPLAY?!?!?!?!

    This to me appears to be where favoritism or some other sort of fix comes into play. I don’t even know if it truly is a fix anymore because the refs are that bad.

    Sad thing is when we had the replacement refs people complained they were doing a bad job. I for one thought they were helluva lot better then this group we have? And why does every ref have to be 60 years old? the game is way too fast for them.

    FYI I am not a Raider or Texan fan so I don’t care which way this call would have went but it was indeed the incorrect call.

  20. Between that and the THREE missed calls on the 3rd and 1/then 4th and 1/then the review of the 4th and 1, the Texans got pretty hosed here.

    Anyone check to see if the refs had the green laser pointer on them too?

  21. Blandino might be the most annoying person in professional football.

    I think it’s his face… but it’s really is obviously PR House crafted statements that he makes to defend a poor product.

  22. This with the 2 challenges Zimmer had to use in the Vikings game because the Ref’s couldn’t see a TD right in front of them……horrible.

    Since the NFL went on the auto-review of all scoring plays and all turnovers, I thought they told the officials to error on the side of the score/turnover so these types of calls can be confirmed by the auto replay?

    Seems like the NFL/Ref’s would rather have the headline of a scandal rather than just getting the calls correct.

  23. I really look forward to his weekly “The officials got this right” headlines, but I think Blandino is right this time (blind squirrel).

  24. Isn’t that what replay is for? Let the play go, all scores are reviewable. Unless the ref saw undisputable evidence of the runner stepping out, he he should not have blown the whistle.

  25. This is simple, it looked like Hunt had one foot out of bounds because only the front half of the foot was inbounds.

    That’s what the official saw from his angle, figuring the back half of his foot was out of bounds, but it wasn’t.

    Hunt had the back half of his foot in raised off the ground.

    This was human error, sometimes calls like this go in your favor and sometimes they don’t.

  26. I think the PFT website needs to start keeping a scorecard for how many times the Great Blindino sides with refs and how often/rarely he doesn’t…. would go well with the Days without an arrest tracker.

  27. racerx1225 says:
    Nov 22, 2016 8:58 AM
    So after 50 years of calls going against the Raiders now all of a sudden the refs love us?

    Well it was only 40 years ago that you were gifted a SB berth by Ben Dreith. Perhaps if that RTP call isn’t made the Raiders never have the level of success they enjoyed in the years to come.

    Sauce for the goose.

  28. I’ve been saying for two seasons that the Raiders are going to start getting calls to bolster momentum for an OAK stadium.

    TIA.

  29. If the NFL makes sure there is a home playoff game in OAK this year it helps momentum for the stadium they want built there for the Oakland Raiders.

    We are going to get calls all year. The script has flipped.

  30. Rog Goodell may be the one who signs Blandino’s checks, but EVERYBODY knows Vegas is his REAL employer

  31. It was the right call. You can’t seriously point to play ~4 minutes into the game and say “The refs jobbed us on that one so we lost”. What about the other 56 minutes? Guess no point in trying I guess. This is the “human element” that comes with the officials. This isn’t like Buffalo-Seattle, where a blatant foul went uncalled. If the play had went on, Del Rio would have challenged, the refs would have upheld due to inconclusive evidence, and you’d hear the arguments that are spewing from Texan fans coming from Raiders fans. When in doubt, blow the whistle, nothing new here folks. Any other sport does the same thing. Hockey has plays blown dead the second the puck is out of sight. Tie goes to the runner in baseball. Maybe you all should read the rulebook, instead of going off your own.

  32. You guys are ridiculous, the inside of the ball of his right foot is clearly in the white, his heel has nothing to do with it.
    The spots on 3rd and 4th down are the questionable calls, not this.
    Even if they had got the first down, there’s no guarantee the Texans would score. Especially with Brock @ QB.
    Dereck Carr yes, Brock hahahahah hilarious.

  33. You can’t be a passionate football fan anymore. The refs are making calls that determine the outcome of games every week. For a game of inches to have mistakes of yards and tds is just ruining the game.

  34. Why is this guys’ name in the news so often? All these Blandino stories amount to is him saying “they got the call right” or “They got the call wrong”. Then nobody does anything about anything.

  35. The problem for the NFL isn’t whether he was out or not but that officiating has become so bad even the guys doing the game in the booth INSTANTLY assumed the call was wrong. Nobody has confidence in the referees and anything close is now assumed to be a miss.

  36. BS. A review on that play would have been no different than a review to check the spot of the ball like any other play.

    If a coach thinks his player got one more yard than the refs say, a coach can challenge the spot. Had this been a spot challenge the ref would have had to determine where he went out of bounds. Of course he wouldn’t have seen him go out because he didn’t. But the coach should be able to challenge the spot where they say he went out.

  37. rabidbillsfan says:
    Nov 22, 2016 9:28 AM
    “When in doubt, blow the whistle”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    You have this backwards! Officials are taught when in doubt, let them play. You can always look at it later through review. This applies to the non-TD!

    How do we explain two bad spots in a row on the same drive? Spots that were clearly bad based on reviews. (rhetorical question)

  38. If the NFL would quit being cheap and just put cameras on all sidelines, goal lines, and end lines, we wouldn’t have this problem. Their stupid attempts to save money are costing them with terrible ratings. Fix the darn product and people will start watching it again.

  39. Hilarious haters claiming the league wanted the Raiders to win. The Raiders are the all time leaders in egregious calls/non calls against. Are you listening to yourselves? The league wanted the Raiders to win? Even hard core haters know that is ridiculous if they are honest with themselves.

  40. “Blandino pointed out that a play like that can’t be reviewed on instant replay because once an official signals that a play is over, it’s over.”

    The whistle is blown on forward progress, yet *that* is challengable.

  41. Officials have to make calls in real time, if we cannot determine the correct call after multiple viewings with super slo-mode, stopped action, zoomed-in, high definition, enhanced replays, just maybe we gatta accept the Zebras call.

  42. The point is that this type of play is not reviewable which is kind of stupid considering we have replays that can get the call right. Why are other plays reviewable but this type of play is not? The point is to get it correct without blowing a call and/or potentially impacting the game in a negative manner. So if we are going by the rule of thumb then yes they’re technically correct. However, his heel was up and clearly not out of bounds. This type of play should be reviewable and cost the Texans 7 points instead of settling for a field goal. Players are held accountable every time they do or say something egregious regarding officiating but Blandino never holds any officiating accountable for botched /missed calls. Either make all pivotal calls reviewable or don’t. It clearly impacts the game and the people that watch it.

  43. The out of bounds was 50/50, however the 3rd & 4th down spots and ensuing review was shameful.

    Every week it seems the officiating crew is instrumental in the outcome of games, making them harder to watch.

    When you see comments that games are being “fixed”, you kind of understand why viewership is down.

    Just saying

  44. The play that was worse was the catch no catch by the Raiders in the 1st quarter.

    Raiders receiver clearly catches the ball, both feet hit the ground, receiver hits the ground and the ball pops out. Ruled Incomplete.

    Jordy Nelson catches the ball for a second, the ball is knocked out of his hands, and its called a touchdown.

    Total BS.

    Everyone is clamoring for “full time” officials.
    Why would that change any of these calls?

  45. Raidernation20 u took the words right out of my mouth. All these raider haters can’t stand to see us FINALLY get the benefit of doubt On a controversial call, when we get bad calls on us all the damn time but, no one talks about the crap that happens to us. All these haters don’t say anything about that horrible pass interference call in the end zone. To me it’s all justice how the game turned out. If we were in Oakland like we were suppose to be we would of killed the texans. The NFL called that a home game for us, well to all the HATERS out there guess u could call that controversial call a home field advantage call! JUST WIN BABY!

  46. This was a prime example of why the NFL is losing fans and there tv ratings are falling. Just horrible officiating last night. Totally effected the outcome of the game. Makes people have legit questions as to weather the fix is in for the raiders. Between the pregame all the way through the broadcast it’s obvious the NFL is pushing the raiders are relevant again story trying desperately to drive up interest.

  47. All I will say is it’s a good thing this game didn’t go to overtime, the Texans were dropping like flies and the Raiders were begging for air.

  48. “The heel appears to be in the white.”

    ————————————————–

    Key word: APPEARS. Even with replay they can’t be 100% certain he stepped out so how can a ref from a distance see the heel? If they’re not sure then let them play.

    The word “appears” is now added a list of plays where “judgement” is used, which are all inconsistent every Sunday.

  49. These NFL officials are becoming the laughing stock of pro sports. I mean the poor ball spot on the 4th down run by the Texans late in the 4th quarter was just the icing on the cake. He easily made that first down and replay proved the runner was NOT down. This has to stop.

  50. Not a fan of either team, but the Texans also got screwed on the 4th and 1 play late in the game. He clearly had the ball across the line before he was downed, but they ruled him short and upheld it on replay.

    That was about the only part of the game I watched. Poor officiating is only one of several things wrong with the NFL these days.

  51. “So after 50 years of calls going against the Raiders now all of a sudden the refs love us?”
    ================================
    Ben Drieth wasn’t enough?

    also, maust1013 asked the right question……..
    if the play was allowed to continue during the Saints/Broncos’ game, why was the play whistled dead last night?

  52. Looked pretty clear that he was out of bounds. This was not the worst call of the game, by far. We’re approaching the boiling point with the NFL officials. Aikman blatantly called out the officials during the Vikings/Cards game on Sunday. Bad officiating has become the norm in every game in this league. Enough is enough!

  53. Blandino, as usual, misses the point. The mistake, Blandino, is in blowing the whistle. The referee should be instructed to NOT BLOW THE WHISTLE in that situation. That way, the play can be reviewed and reversed if Hopkins stepped out. Once the whistle is blown, the play can no longer be reviewed. So this was a major mistake by the referee.

  54. The Raiders will get their comeuppance when they come to Foxborough for the playoffs. Assuming of course they don’t choke and go one and done.

  55. How you can tell conclusively on this but not on the blocked PAT by the Broncos. I’ve never seen so much incompetence on a professional level, across an entire organization.

  56. None of my posts suggest the game was fixed for the Raiders or against the Texans. I am stating the officiating was awful and it did affect the outcome of the game. Especially two bad spots in a row!

    Why are NFL officials, overweight, middle-aged to older men? The guy that made the three bad calls looked like Wilfork! He couldn’t keep up with the play on the field.

    How about trying younger, fit guys, maybe a few that actually played football?

    THE END!

  57. BUNCHA CRYBABIES

    ALMOST EVERY RAIDER GAME FOR THE PAST 10+ YEARS HAVE BEEN IFFICIATED LIKE THIS BUT NOT IN THE RAIDERS FAVOR

    PLUS, HOMEBOY WAS OUT OF BOUNDS GO CRY TO YOUR MOMMY BRO

  58. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Nov 22, 2016 10:33 AM
    The Raiders will get their comeuppance when they come to Foxborough for the playoffs. Assuming of course they don’t choke and go one and done

    You realize the Raiders are the number 1 seed at this point right?

  59. Clearly the right call was “build a new fan base for Oakland in Mexico City.”

    Here’s the score:
    Oakland, Population 400,000
    Las Vegas, Population 600,000
    Mexico City, Population 9,000,000

    Those calls actually went against the city of Oakland. The Texans were just collateral damage.

  60. The spot the Texans got on 4th down late in the game was more egregious. There was clear evidence the runner lunged forward with the ball before his knees touched and thus obtaining the short yardage for the 1st down. An astonishingly terrible call that can only be explained if the refs didn’t see the camera angle provided on the telecast.

  61. Blandino is Blind-Dino. NFL Refs need to all be fired at seasons end. Everyone. System isn’t working. Start over with guys who will abide by the NFL rules and try not to be a part of the game. NFL refs are a disgrace, and don’t even understand the game. If it is blatant – call it, should be the rule of thumb. What I find amazing is guys like Steve Smith. Dez Bryant, Richard Sherman, Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs, Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton get every single call or whine all game to the officials and never get punished. Current refs play favorites or are simply scared to call personal fouls on the bums listed. Why in a free speech country do coaches get fined for speaking? Dumbest thing ever. If a ref sucks, he sucks and a coach should be able to talk about it. Why do the accredited media get to ask the questions then? Whole system is stupid.

  62. I only saw the replay twice, but I agree with Blandino. There was a point where it looked like his foot may have barely touched the white, but it was hard to tell. Inconclusive

  63. You can’t watch a game like last nights and not think the fix was in. The league is corrupt. This is the last year I waste my money on Sunday Ticket. Blandino is like a politician or a CNN correspondent, no matter how obvious the truth is, he still shamelessly lies about it like we’re all stupid.

  64. It’s hilarious how many haters there are on the silver and black we finally get the benefit of a doubt on a controversial call and people saying the game is was fixed. Lmao stupid loser haters we get bad calls all the damn time remember the tuck rule jerks! I really think that if we end up winning a super bowl in the future we gonna see bronchoe, chef , miner, cowgirl, and many other hater fans get diagnosed with depression and might even see a few suicide cases. Seems like most these fans have more hate for the raiders than they have love for their own team. Gotta love the HATERS! Not! JUST WIN BABY!

  65. JSpicoli says:
    Nov 22, 2016 9:25 AM
    If the NFL makes sure there is a home playoff game in OAK this year it helps momentum for the stadium they want built there for the Oakland Raiders.

    We are going to get calls all year. The script has flipped.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    23….TWENTY-THREE penalties in the Bucs game earlier this season…the Raiders, as ALWAYS, will NOT be getting the benefit of the doubt on any calls.

    Heel looked out – good call. On the two runs in the 4th, I actually felt that the 3rd down was a bit more of a favorable spot for the Raiders – going out of bounds though, it’s hard to really be certain (watch the sticks folks, not the yellow line painted on your TV screen). However, on the fourth down, to me his knee was down and that ball was tucked REAL low down by his hip BEFORE he lunged forward to make it look good. Judgement call during the speed of the game with bodies smashing into each other. Sometimes you win the close ones, sometimes you don’t.

    Now that egregious PI cal on Hayden in the end-zone on an uncatchable ball where the receiver himself pulled up and stopped his route? THAT’S the kind of BS call we fans of the Silver & Black are USED to getting called!

    Just Win (Won) Baby!

    ONE NATION!

  66. Why are they commenting on this call? The worse and most obvious was the Texans got a first down TWICE and they still blew the call, even after replay.

    Blowing that totally turned the game to the Raiders favor. If the Texans score instead of getting robbed of a 1st down they go up big.

    Bill O’Brian screwed up also by not challenging that on 3rd down. I think it was even more obvious on 3rd.

  67. @yoursoulcollector: Still dreaming about the Silver and Black, eh?

    Not a well officiated game, by any camera angle.

    I thought Hopkins was in and I thought they got the 1st down.

    I also thought that the gifted TD (PI on uncatchable ball) was payback.

    All in all, the NFL needs to get its act together.

    But…….

    …A win is a win. 8-2 and the current #1 seed.

    Sleep well, …collector.

    Go RAIDERS

  68. What would reviewing the play have done? The whistle was blown. It’s dead. The ball would have went to that spot regardless. You people are so short sighted. You want that play to be reviewable, and you want that score to count, correct? Ok, so now what is the explanation when the end result of the whistle being blown and all players stop(unless your Richard Sherman)? Or, when he keeps running and a player tees off on him? Or he fumbles the ball? Or by virtue of the penalty being blown, another foul takes place? The call was right, again, when in doubt, blow the whistle. There are obvious shortcomings with the officials as they are, but some of the (up voted!) suggestions are just ridiculous. It wasn’t a blatant missed call, it could have went either way. The Texans shouldn’t have left it up to that call to decide their game.

  69. Side topic: but did Blandino issue any comment as to why the Vikings had two TDs initially ruled as non-TDs forcing Zimmer to challenge? Both calls were overturned but there shouldn’t have been any need to challenge in the first place.

    I won’t even go into the other poor decisions made by officials during that game – on both teams – as it won’t make the slightest bit of difference!

  70. Good grief. Here’s what the ventriloquist puppet DB actually said:
    “It’s not right down the line so it’s not definitive, but we certainly can’t say he was obviously in bounds from this angle. ”

    I personally saw conclusive angles that clearly showed he stayed in bounds, and explained the inconclusive angle perfectly. Dean doesn’t address all the angles, only the one that is inconclusive. Good lies are partly true, and from one angle, it really is inconclusive and can’t overturn the call. That’s playing the system, and playing us.

    Ignoring the conclusive angle is every bit of a lie. Paul Simon got it right a long time ago:

    “Still a man, he hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie, Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie……” NFL lie la lie la la la lie.

  71. What would reviewing the play have done? The whistle was blown. It’s dead. The ball would have went to that spot regardless. You people are so short sighted. You want that play to be reviewable, and you want that score to count, correct? Ok, so now what is the explanation when the end result of the whistle being blown and all players stop(unless your Richard Sherman)? Or, when he keeps running and a player tees off on him? Or he fumbles the ball? Or by virtue of the whistle being blown, another foul takes place? The call was right, again, when in doubt, blow the whistle. There are obvious shortcomings with the officials as they are, but some of the (up voted!) suggestions are just ridiculous. It wasn’t a blatant missed call, it could have went either way. The Texans shouldn’t have left it up to that call to decide their game.

  72. Full time Refs aren’t the answer.

    The answer is to take the human factor out of it.

    Use the tech that exists TODAY to fix these errors.

    Put sensors in the ball, in the shoes of the players (they’re in the shoulder pads today to track speed and route), and lasers along the boundary, goal line, and first down marker.

    Pro Tennis has been using this tech for years.

    Come on NFL – how about putting a premium on getting it right? You have the funds. Fix this!

  73. 1- dude’s heel was obviously out at 36!

    2- that was a 4 point loss, and they lost by 7 pts, so wouldn’t have been the difference

    3-Texans had twice as many plays as the Raiders and 2x the TOP….still scored less points, because their QB SSUUUCCCKKKSSSS….

    4- if the Texans are so damn good then do your part and come beat us in the playoffs…if you can!

  74. Funny that WITH those three controversial calls that are supposedly were ‘obvious’ for some, no one is questioning an opportunity to kick a field goal was skipped and a lack cojones of going for it on 4th down with a little more of 3 minutes left in the game was skipped as well.

    Those calls were bad…but having NO GUTS in a tight game by two playoff teams late in the season, was worse.

  75. Watch the Hopkins play. The official in front of the play and the official behind the play both called him out of bounds at the same time.

    Two sets of eyes on the field saw the same thing, at the same time.

  76. kuhlest says:
    Nov 22, 2016 1:25 PM
    1- dude’s heel was obviously out at 36!

    2- that was a 4 point loss, and they lost by 7 pts, so wouldn’t have been the difference

    3-Texans had twice as many plays as the Raiders and 2x the TOP….still scored less points, because their QB SSUUUCCCKKKSSSS….

    4- if the Texans are so damn good then do your part and come beat us in the playoffs…if you can!
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    5- Two bad spots in a row when a FG was certain equals 3 point plus the 4 for the botched TD = Tie Game!

    6-What do the Raiders know about beating someone in the playoffs?

  77. The missed touchdown was way back in the first quarter. BUT the screwed up spots were in crunch time with game tied 20-20 and the Texans controlling the ball and the clock under 6 minutes left poised to take the lead. That…..robbed America of a great finish.

  78. Nov 22, 2016 12:08 PM
    Why are they commenting on this call? The worse and most obvious was the Texans got a first down TWICE and they still blew the call, even after replay.

    Blowing that totally turned the game to the Raiders favor. If the Texans score instead of getting robbed of a 1st down they go up big.

    Bill O’Brian screwed up also by not challenging that on 3rd down. I think it was even more obvious on 3rd.

    ________________________________________

    In the sequence you are referencing regarding the spot of the ball for the 1st down, the game was tied 20-20 with 7 minutes to go. So at best, the Texans would have had an 8 point lead “assuming” they score, then go for 2 and convert.

    That’s hardly an insurmountable lead……

    just saying

  79. war27 says:
    Nov 22, 2016 1:51 PM
    Watch the Hopkins play. The official in front of the play and the official behind the play both called him out of bounds at the same time.

    Two sets of eyes on the field saw the same thing, at the same time.
    – – – – – – –
    Not exactly. The lead official blew it dead first and then the trailing official did same. The trailing official is supposed to do that to protect the players from unnecessary hits. Doesn’t mean he made or agreed with the call.

  80. The Raiders have been screwed for DECADES by bad calls, including several that cost them a possible Super Bowl (i.e. the Tuck Rule, Immaculate Reception – the ball touches the ground!, etc etc)

    Now the Texans are complaining. Sure the spot on the ball was bad on those 2 plays. The Hopkins one, he was totally out of bounds. ESPN did a poor job of showing the replays because they cut away BEFORE the actual step where he goes out.

    Raiders also had some bad calls against them like the PI in the end zone where Osweiler threw it about 10 feet over his head. Totally uncatchable!

    And how many times did they hold Mack (including a choke-hold a few times) without a flag? Only ONE holding penalty on Houston and it was declined because they still sacked him.

  81. And after all that, Houston still had a chance to tie it but instead they punted late in the game on 4th and short.

    Del Rio had a 4th-and-1 with time running out, he ran it up the middle for the game-clinching first down.

    One coach had the “cajones”, one did not.

  82. NFL with amateur officials is a disgrace. The head official should be in the booth to call attention to & correct the blunders by the buffoons on the field. Wouldn’t have changed this call or any where there’s an inadvertent whistle, but may have corrected the bad spots the Texans got when they needed a first down.

  83. Mototax-For real? What do the Raiders know about winning in the playoffs?? A heck of a lot more than the Texans franchise. They have more Superbowl wins than the Texans have winning seasons…

  84. mototax says:
    Nov 22, 2016 2:29 PM
    war27 says:
    Nov 22, 2016 1:51 PM
    Watch the Hopkins play. The official in front of the play and the official behind the play both called him out of bounds at the same time.

    Two sets of eyes on the field saw the same thing, at the same time.
    – – – – – – –
    Not exactly. The lead official blew it dead first and then the trailing official did same. The trailing official is supposed to do that to protect the players from unnecessary hits. Doesn’t mean he made or agreed with the call.

    ———————-

    You should really go watch the video….

  85. somebody needs to check to see whats in the water (besides tear drops) in Houston….please, anybody show me a clear picture where the refs got the spot wrong on the challenge, or where he was clearly inbound…because from what I have seen …he was out of bounds, and they pretty much spotted the ball correctly….my suggestion don’t leave it up to the refs to decide on plays you control.

    Now the BS calls against the raiders that nobody is talking about, or the lack of holding calls that were not called is a joke. Bottom line BSPN could have shown what the NFL has shown but elected not to.

    Go Raiders!

  86. I don’t know what’s worse. Whiny butthurt sore loser democrats or whiny butthurt sore loser Texans. Like an adult baby pouting and shaking their rattles in their hands. Life doesn’t always go your way. Get used to it.

  87. rabidbillsfan says:
    Nov 22, 2016 3:21 PM
    Mototax-For real? What do the Raiders know about winning in the playoffs?? A heck of a lot more than the Texans franchise. They have more Superbowl wins than the Texans have winning seasons…
    – – – – – – – –
    So, the Raiders have won 5 Super Bowls? Really? What years?

  88. war27 says:
    Nov 22, 2016 3:32 PM
    mototax says:
    Nov 22, 2016 2:29 PM
    war27 says:
    Nov 22, 2016 1:51 PM
    Watch the Hopkins play. The official in front of the play and the official behind the play both called him out of bounds at the same time.

    Two sets of eyes on the field saw the same thing, at the same time.
    – – – – – – –
    Not exactly. The lead official blew it dead first and then the trailing official did same. The trailing official is supposed to do that to protect the players from unnecessary hits. Doesn’t mean he made or agreed with the call.

    ———————-

    You should really go watch the video….

    ———————–

    I did. Watched the game live too.

  89. Bottom line:

    8-2

    1st place in division, top seed in conference.

    Sleep well ye who are obsessed with the Silver and Black (jbaxt, slick, bigbadbroncomama, etc…).

    I know RAIDER NATION is sleeping well with a clear conscience.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  90. DO YOU THINK BLANDINO IS WILLING TO SHARE WHATEVER HE’S SMOKING? THE FOOT WASN’T WITHIN SIX INCHES OF THE SIDELINE. AT THE END OF THE GAME, THE SAME OFFICIALS MARKED A THIRD DOWN RUN A YARD SHORT OF THE LINE REACHED TO FORCE A FOURTH DOWN. THE SAME TEAMS GET THE IFFY CALLS WEEK AFTER WEEK! REMEMBER, THESE REFS DIDN’T GET THE RAISES THEY WANTED FROM THEIR STRIKE. IF REFS KEEP BLOWING CALLS IN FRONT OF THEIR FACES, THERE WON’T BE AN NFL TO FIX! 😦

  91. Quick question: When, if ever, have the RAIDERS been givne the “benefit” of a call??

    Patsy fans will tell you 1976.

    The victims of the Holy Roller are still grumpy, I’m sure.

    However, the RAIDERS have historically been on the wrong side of calls.

    From phantom holding and P.I. calls, to the Immaculate Deception to the Tuck Rule.

    Isn’t some of the fodder used by those who hate the RAIDERS, is that Raider fan is more “aware” of poor officiating (aka getting shafted on horrible calls) and usually bring it to light?

    The Raiders may have received the benefit on one occassion vs the Texans, but nothing they did not deserve.

    Karma runs both ways and right now, for the first time in a long time, the RAIDERS are reaping.

    Justice, sweet justice.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  92. Can someone please answer a question for me…if Blandino’s title is Vice President of Officiating, who’s the President of Officiating, and why don’t we ever hear from him/her?

  93. The sideline call is being way overblown. Live speed it could have been called either way. It was that close, but one clip does show the foot touching the white chalk. And from that shot it looks like they got it right. I just think it was too close a call to claim foul play.

    Now what should be talked about is the spotting on 3rd and 4th down. Those were bad spots. Wrong spots. especially the 3rd down. I dont care what they say afterward they got it wrong.

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