Vikings upset with officials after missed call on hit to Bradford

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The Vikings were not pleased with the officials after Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys.

Sam Bradford was hit on the helmet by Cowboys defensive tackle Cedric Thornton while throwing the ball away on an attempted game-tying two-point conversion, the kind of hit that often draws a roughing the passer penalty. But there was no flag.

Bradford immediately turned to referee Tony Corrente to point out he’d been hit but said after the game that Corrente told him that Thornton only touched his shoulder pad, not his facemask. Bradford may have been upset, but by far the most upset Viking was defensive end Brian Robison, who ripped the officiating.

“I’m just going to say it right now: I’m sick and tired of the reffing in this league,’’ Robison said. “I’m sick and tired of it. You’ve got holding calls all over the place that people don’t want to call it. Bradford gets hit in the face at the end of the game, and you don’t call it. I’m not laying this loss on reffing, but at some point it’s got to be better.’’

Robison said his anger toward the officiating has been building for several weeks and has now reached a boiling point. A lot of NFL fans are feeling that way.

146 responses to “Vikings upset with officials after missed call on hit to Bradford

  1. Wait, these aren’t the same fans that complained about the Rodgers’ facemask call in Detroit before the Hail Mary last year, saying it should have been a no-call are they? Sorry, can’t have it both ways.

    I’m beginning to think the Vikes fans are jinxing this team with all the complaints about officiating and injuries that only happen to them. As Rodgers would say, K-A-R-M-A.

  2. Oh please….they had the benefit of most of the B.S. calls against Dallas last night. No one to blame but themselves.

  3. just as bad as the non PI call on sherm on that throw to jones a few weeks ago. sucks that refs control the outcome of the game.

  4. This is a good opportunity to make a point to any Packer-hating trolls that might be reading this;

    Aaron Rodgers is a target. Without him, the Packers would be toast, and everyone knows it. He gets about one-half the calls he should get, and the above-mentioned trolls call him a whiner for it.

    Bad calls and no-calls happen to all teams, just like injuries. Next time, instead of mocking the Packers for “only” having two SuperBowls in the last twenty years, keep this in-mind:

    It’s harder than it looks. Write it down.

  5. Oh sure, all my friends are saying, “I no longer watch NFL because many times there are calls missed by officials” Huh? Really?

    As far as Brian Robison is concerned, he needs to don the stripes and take a turn at officiating. Let’s see how he does. Remember, instant replay shows the officials are right 95% of the time. Robison needs to put on his big-boy pants and play football.

  6. Stop whining everyone! So he’s saying there should be a flag thrown on every play. Yeah, that would help make the games more entertaining. Why not blame the players? They’re the ones who are committing all these penalties, whether they’re being called or not. The only way to really get the officiating any where close to 100% is to monitor the games with several officials watching video in real time. The players would really need to clean up their acts because there would be five penalties on each play. At some point, this falls on the players.

  7. yes the REFS suck but how bout the missed FALSE START the MISSED Hands to the face that took off the helmet and the chop block flag where Escobar fell down and brushed a leg i’d say Vikings had More missed calls in their favor then that last play

  8. I was beginning to think that the referee from last night’s game also worked the Michigan-Ohio State game… The officiating in the NFL is absolutely abysmal. WAY too many ticky-tack calls that don’t affect the play are being called, and WAY too many mistakes are being made. Both of these problems are affecting the outcomes of games.

  9. My word….the game is being ruined by over reffing, it’s gotten to the point where you can’t even cheer after a big play because of the sure to follow video review. It’s killing the flow of the game, same for every TD, every freakin time, hold on the celebration until it’s been looked at for 5 minutes. Great fun that is.
    Calls have been skewered forever and the game survived, even thrived, now it’s the end of the world if they miss a call. Video review has slowly taken the fun out of the game and will be the cause of it’s demise.
    There is literally a penalty on almost every play, do we really want the game to stop while every play is reversed after a video review on a challenge of a missed call, I know I won’t watch that.

  10. As long as gambling on sports are allowed, the refs will always play a factor.

    Cowboys (-3.5)????? Where did that line come from after they’ve thoroughly beaten every team they’ve faced?? Where do you think the most action was placed? And of course every time the Cowboys made a momentum changing play, the refs threw a flag, assuring the Vikings covered that spread.

    am I right?

  11. One of the reasons the game was close was some BS calls against Dallas. The clipping call on Escobar for 1. How about the call on Hitchens’ INT…?

    I saw LOTS of offensive holding, hands to the face on the Vikings NOT called. Saw defenders tackled, helmets knocked off, etc…

    But… OMG… somebody bumped Bradfords facemask…..LOL It wasn’t even malicious. Quit crying.

  12. Terrible missed call.
    That being said, it should not be a penalty anyway. Late hits etc. are not cool but QB’s are one small step away from wearing flags. Within 5 years they will have tutus or shirts. All the rule changes that favor offense are hurting the game. Rules to make the games safer are understandable but it’s getting ridiculous.

    The game is suffering

  13. I’m sick and tired of Vikings fans. Clearly biased in all of their complaints. Every call against them is bogus, and every negative play is the result of a missed call.

  14. There is no doubt that Rodgers would have gotten a roughing the passer call on that play.

    Rodgers fell over his own lineman on Monday night and the Green Bay refs gave him a roughing the passer call.

    It’s so one sided and obvious.

    The vikes didn’t do enough to win. That’s on them.

  15. Instant replay has ruined the game. In the old days bad calls were argued about and chalked up to human error, not great, but better than watching to see if some guys feet were in bounds 10 times before and after a bunch of commercials play, and then listen to some former official try to make noises like a lawyer to explain away the bad call. Oh, and most of the time it seems the bad call stands.

  16. Remember all the outrage during the ref lockout when every announcer was pining that someone was going to get hurt on the field if the regular refs didn’t come back and that reffing was hurting the game.

    Then after the huge tear fest about having to have the regular refs was over it turned out that the regular refs were actually worse than the replacements? They just looked more professional doing it.

    Good times when unions stick together. The media first and the fans that bought into the media narrative are the ones responsible for the crap we see from the officials every sunday.

    Hate goodell all you want but he tried to get full time refs and all the people blasting him now were just as loud saying we didn’t need them a few years ago.

  17. Quit complaining. Bradfords terrible pick that sets up Dallas for 7 was wiped away because of a phantom call. Zekes 40 yard scamper that would have set up more points was called back because of a phantom holding call.

    Here’s an idea – maybe your QB shouldn’t have throw the ball into the 1st row of the stands with the game on the line. While I agree a flag should have been called one of the tackles jumped early that should have stopped the play from happening. Ball don’t lie.

    And let’s be honest – does anyone really believe Bradford converts that even a 2nd chance? Or win in OT? Gimme a break – that’s the worst offense in football by a large margin.

  18. Vikings may have lost but their defense exposed Dak and other than 1 big pass to Dez and the fumble on the 5 yard line this teams offense was shut down against an actual good defense. Would be shocked if Dallas actually beat a good defense team come January.

  19. These clowns got some damn nerve complaining about this they wouldn’t have even been in that game if not for the refs flagging us for bogus holding calls the whole game every time we did something positive they were calling us back I think it’s great that no matter how hard the refs try and bone us we still find ways to win

  20. i don’t even like the Vikings, but when this kid gets fined by the league–apparently as a result of their using the same eyes to read his completely correct comments, eyes what cannot see one illegal hit on a quarterback staring them dead in the face in three hours of football–you tell me where the cookie jar is taking up the collection to pay it;

    i’ll put some money in it, you can be d*n sure of that–and i doubt i’ll be the first or alone;

  21. It was a terrible non-call, and inexcusable given the timing and circumstances surrounding it.

    I hate to suggest adding another element to the challenge system, but shouldn’t something like this be considered? When it’s this obvious, there should be an avenue to correct it.

    Generally I’m not in favor of challenging penalties and judgment calls such as this, but I think you could make an exception with this one.

  22. Vikes fan. We are losers. Getting that call still puts the ball at the 3.5 yard line, which is still back from the normal 2. I wonder why. Idk, maybe cuz we had a false start at home on the biggest play of the game? Nice work losers. I’m just waiting for the Bradford ACL tear so we can’t even trade him this offseason and get a 3rd or 4th for him.

  23. ‘…while throwing the ball away on an attempted game-tying two-point conversion…’

    You were correct that Bradford was “throwing the ball away”. Now why on earth did he do that?

  24. If the NFL is seriously considering full time refs, the first order of business should be that they send each applicant for a vision test. I mean, every game, there are several very questionable calls/non-calls. Personally, I don’t think full time refs would be any better than what they have now…

    But, as far as last night’s game goes, the Vikings need to look in the mirror, throwing 5 yard passes on 3rd and 10+ is not going to win you many ball games.

  25. .
    I’ve got no dog in this NFC fight and I can’t speak to any other calls. However, I’ve seen the refs call a penalty on even the slightest contact with the QBs helmet. Sometimes the contact was incidental and generally harmless, but they flagged them just the same. Much of the criticism surrounding the officiating centers around the lack of consistency. We careen from ” what is a catch” to ” what is roughing the passer” on a weekly basis.
    .

  26. I guess the Vikes missed the procedure penalty that should have been flagged on their left tackle as the two point play started. Some of the calls last night were “phantom” at best. Hope I don’t see Tony Corrente’s crew working any more Cowboys games.

  27. Preaching to the choir, the officiating has been crap for years. They say they are trying to protect the QB, but they don’t even look at the QB unless he is Rodgers, Brady, Manning, or Brees.

    How could that official tap his shoulder and tell Bradford that the defender hit his shoulder pad? They have huge f’n jumbo trons that he looked at, and could clearly see. How f’n ignorant do you have to be to suggest that?

    That play tarnished what was otherwise a great game. Minnesota’s defense pretty much shut down the best team in the league. The turning point was Thielen’s muffed punt that set Dallas up perfectly, that doesn’t happen, Vikes win in regulation. Other than the great deep catch by Dez, Dallas was shut down.

  28. All you cowboy fans downplaying this, nobody thinks you’re not the better team. The officiating is awful everywhere, no consistency whatsoever! For me this is what’s making football hard to watch and why the ratings are down.

  29. These Vikes fans are nuts.

    “We *would have* won in regulation if not for this.”

    Give us all a break.

    Your team is comprised of chokers, or they aren’t good.

    You can’t say that you have an awesome team that doesn’t choke when you start off 5-0 and are sitting at 6-6.

    And don’t blame injuries. Everyone deals with them.

  30. Tony Corrente is horrid. Enough said. If most people were as bad at their job as he is, they’d have been canned years ago. He’d not alone on his crew but the fictional stuff he “saw” or “didn’t see” last night played right into the league’s hands of keeping a game close to the end.

    It’s not the NFL, it’s the KTA… Keep The Audience. Wake up people…the league is far more “entertainment” than it is reality. Borderline fiction.

  31. The refs cant see everything BUT SOMEONE should have seen this. EVERYBODY in the stands and at home did. AND PLEASE, dont say making them fulltime would have made a difference. FIRE THEM AND GET BETTER ONES.

  32. Why would a full time ref change the non roughing the passer call?

    It’s a silly concept unless they have a “replay ref” to look at questionable penalties that are only judged by the replay ref.

    But given that only certain quarterbacks like Rodgers gets the call, I’m not sure it would matter.

  33. All you have to do is watch the one long run (31 yds) by Elliot, you’ll see 3 guys holding including the TE trailing Newman with his hands around his waist holding him back from making the tackle. If you can’t see those then you shouldn’t be an NFL ref. I know the league wants big plays, but when the big plays are created by illegal play, you have a problem. The NFL has a problem.

  34. To the people who are calling us whiners, it’s the consistency of the calls.

    Touch Rodgers, and it gets called.

    Totally rough up Bridgewater or hit Bradford in the face mask, ignore it.

    The Vikings lost the game. They didn’t deserve to win.

  35. ad28bestever-actually if we are taking points away for bad turnovers go ahead and take 6 away from the Vikes for Dallas’s turnovers. They had to gain 0 yards to get the 6 points. Dallas still wins. Penalties played a huge roll in Dallas getting shut down. Free didn’t hold on Zeke’s 56 yard run and i don’t know how clipping is called on Escobar for falling down. Yes, it could have been roughing the passer, however if the play could be reviewed for penalties they would see the false start on the left tackle.

    Someone should tell Bradford not the throw the ball away on a 2 point conversion.

    Also that shut down D that dominated Dallas allowed 2 redzone touchdowns…That is what cost Minnesota the game.

  36. Officiating this poor gives the impression of a “fixed” outcome. Which is honestly the one thing that would turn me away from the sport.

  37. My Boys played a subpar game in a hostile environment and still won. This team is young and has a lot of heart and passion. The officiating was atrocious last night and by far the refs kept the Viks in the game with some of the worst calls I have ever seen in my life. The Refs need to let them play and if the foul is not a clear cut violation or impacts the damn play you don’t throw the damn flag.

    11 in a row baby AND WIN NEXT WEEK WE SECURE HOME FIELD TO THE SB.

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!

  38. Roofdude said what I was coming to say. I am not going to bitch that much though, as a Cowboys fan, we have been spared bad officiating this year. Every other game I watch I say to my wife “I would be livid if they called that against the Cowboys”. So many bad non-calls, sketchy calls. It does make you wonder “wow, the ref was standing RIGHT THERE and that was a blatant hold” when the next play something 95% would agree is NOT holding gets a flag that affects a first down. As a fan, we would ALL rather them non-call something than call it, the reasons are obvious. The facemask, hands to the face non-call SHOULD have been called, but then MAYBE they convert the 2 points and we go to OT. I still dont see the Vikings winning. Most of the time Dallas offense was stopped was by penalty or poor execution. The Vikes D made many great plays all night, not taking anything away, but who else thinks they would have won in OT?

  39. Enjoy the moral victory. Flag should have been thrown, but the crap pass was already out of his hand, so let’s not act like the hand to the face is why he threw the ball into the stands.

  40. If you think for one second that the Vikes lost that game because of that non-call, you are an absolute clown.

    They couldn’t even score a TD against a average defense…

    By the way, thanks Florio.

    Don’t forget to pick the Giants next week…

  41. The officiating this year once again has been just incredibly bad. I’ve no idea why the league is not heeding the complaints from their loyal fans.

    When I watched the Raider/Texans game from Mexico city, I was actually stunned because it appeared the refs wanted to save the Raiders from a possible defeat by giving them clearly favorable spots on two crucial plays.

    Last evening, the ending was marred by a non-call when a Dallas defender hit Bradford’s face mask on the attempted game-tying 2-point conversion.

    It looks like the league is helping its darlings Dallas/Raiders. Just stunning.

  42. RoofDude says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:19 AM
    One of the reasons the game was close was some BS calls against Dallas. The clipping call on Escobar for 1. How about the call on Hitchens’ INT…?

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I’m not a fan of either team but those two calls were such garbage that I was actually yelling at my TV when it showed the replays

  43. tritz32 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:43 AM
    Quit complaining. Bradfords terrible pick that sets up Dallas for 7 was wiped away because of a phantom call. Zekes 40 yard scamper that would have set up more points was called back because of a phantom holding call.

    Here’s an idea – maybe your QB shouldn’t have throw the ball into the 1st row of the stands with the game on the line. While I agree a flag should have been called one of the tackles jumped early that should have stopped the play from happening. Ball don’t lie.

    And let’s be honest – does anyone really believe Bradford converts that even a 2nd chance? Or win in OT? Gimme a break – that’s the worst offense in football by a large margin.
    ________________________________________

    Couldn’t agree more!!! Well said.

  44. Disgraceful. How a call like that can be missed is beyond me. The officiating in this league is at an all-time low. I dont know what needs to be done to fix it, but these officials need to be held accountable. There is no excuse to miss a guy whacking a qb in the helmet and grabbing his facemask. Just disgraceful, and I say that as an Eagles fan who really wants the Vikings to keep losing for a better draft pick. Minnesota got hosed last night plain and simple.

  45. They also missed the False start on the 2 point play and a bad call on Hitchens INT on Scandrick

  46. The Vikings need to understand Refs are suppose to over look certain things. You were playing America’s team!

  47. It’s just the inconsistency of the calls that is maddening. It was a blow to the head and a face mask. They could have called either one! That gets called all the time, but then when the game is on th e line, they ignore it? Ridiculous.

  48. Whah, whah whah, well guess what after all the posts from Vikings fans about how bad the Packers are lok at the records and we are tied….. Bradford was taking us to the Super bowl after week five……a first and fourth rounder…..yeah right…..same old Vikings.

  49. After watching last night’s game, I kind of get a feeling that the NFL is rigged… Am I the only one that feels this way? Hope I’m wrong on this one…

  50. viking fans are basically giant hypocrites. if it isn’t the packers or they team they lost to, its the refs. it couldn’t possibly be their team or their offense.

    oh well, keep on losing.

    toodlez

  51. Take what the Vikings did last night in spite of all the calls against them, and multiply it by 10. That’s what the Seahawks will do the Cowboys in the playoffs, if the Cowboys even make it that far.

  52. The solution to the officiating problem seems pretty clear. If they don’t want to add an official that is watching the video we all see then we need to replace all the officials and the new full time officials should be hired solely from the ranks of the cameramen, they don’t seem to miss much. Either that or just let them buzz the ref.

  53. What about the false starts and holding penalties when the Vikes had the opportunity to take control of the game? It was a false start that backed them taking away any run or play action options on that 2 point conversion attempt. You could even make a argument for one on the failed attempt.

    As far as the refs go they had a lot of help. It was typical sloppy Thursday night game.

  54. And enough with the so called bad holding and pi flags against the Cowboys that somehow make up for this blatant screw up by the refs. The holding call was clearly there when the guy turned kendricks. Did kendricks act it out a little? Yes, but that happens all the time. The pi was there because of contact before the pass. It was modest contact, but it was contact. It’s been called before many times just like that. Change the rule of you don’t like it.

    Oh and you could even argue that thielan got his fumble back and there wasn’t enough evidence to over turn that call…but once again the refs who all year have preached there must be clear evidence to overturn a call, overturn the call when the replay showed you could have said thielan got the ball back. But I won’t say that because I am angry at the stupidity of thielan for putting himself in that position.

    So all around it is about the lack of consistency from the refs.

  55. kevishu says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:28 AM
    I’m sick and tired of Vikings fans. Clearly biased in all of their complaints. Every call against them is bogus, and every negative play is the result of a missed call.

    ___

    ^^and this comment was completely objective, free of any bias. LOL.

  56. absolutely true story.

    Third quarter last night, I kissed my wife goodnight and went up to finish watching the game in bed. Brushed my teeth turned on the tv and got in bed. Very first play I saw was a penalty.

    I turned the channel and fell asleep watching Zombieland on IFC.

    there’s you viewers NFL – fix this crap.

  57. They should take all biased “sportscasters” off of the air. Seriously, every time i hear collinsworth speak, i want to throw something at the tv, dude cannot shut up about certain players, teams, etc.–i want to hear the game called not some overrated hack get on his knees to support his bias. terrible impact on the game.

  58. I find it interesting that most of the comments on here allude to the fact that Vikings fans are “whiners” and have “other” calls go in their favor (unlike other teams, who seem to only get fair penalties called against them)…therefore, we shouldn’t be irritated or complain about a no-call when Bradford gets clubbed in the face.

  59. You know damn well if that would have been that QB that wears that gold colored skirt in GB,the flag would have been tossed

  60. fiverings37 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 6:29 AM

    Oh please….they had the benefit of most of the B.S. calls against Dallas last night. No one to blame but themselves.

    Did you or did you not read the whole article? Maybe instead of just reading the headline then forming an opinion maybe read it. He already said he isn’t laying this loss at the feet of the refs. Its amazing how small minded some people can be.

  61. in other news
    Fans upset that NFL has made rules so complex and open to interpretation that the are dictating outcomes and fixing games.
    NFL denies this and calls everyone that can plainly see whats going on “cry babies”
    in the meantime, ratings continue to drop as fans are not as stupid as the WWNFL thinks.

  62. The NFL might as well be run by Vince McMahon. Bye, Bye NFL dominance. Fans aren’t coming back.

  63. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Dec 2, 2016 8:24 AM
    Good teams overcome bad officiating.
    =================
    This is simply not true – especially when you are playing against a good team.
    the officiating simply needs to kill one or two drives for the outcome to be slanted in the direction they wish.
    look at the donkeys last year. 5 games they won in regular season, in the last few minutes with blatant defensive penalties not being called.
    WWNFL is in the tank with whatever marketing story they are selling
    this year it could be the Cowboys.

    Thats not to say they are not better than the vikes – i think they are – and im not a fan of either.

  64. vegasdestroyer says:
    Dec 2, 2016 8:27 AM
    The refs cant see everything BUT SOMEONE should have seen this. EVERYBODY in the stands and at home did. AND PLEASE, dont say making them fulltime would have made a difference. FIRE THEM AND GET BETTER ONES

    ******************************************************

    Well…everybody at home saw the Vikings left tackle false start on that play…if THAT is called, there is no play and no hands to the face. The refs took away a Cowboys INT on a phantom hands to the face on Scandrick, he never got his hands up to his face. So….it evens out…complain all you want….calls are missed and we cannot pick apart every call or non call…..its football….play through it.

  65. I was beginning to think that the referee from last night’s game also worked the Michigan-Ohio State game…

    ———————-

    Bingo. I was thinking the same thing.

  66. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:15 AM
    As long as gambling on sports are allowed, the refs will always play a factor.

    Cowboys (-3.5)????? Where did that line come from after they’ve thoroughly beaten every team they’ve faced?? Where do you think the most action was placed? And of course every time the Cowboys made a momentum changing play, the refs threw a flag, assuring the Vikings covered that spread.

    am I right?

    ******************************************************

    No you are not right!! I understand that the refs are missing a lot, but they are getting most of them right. However, for you guys that are claiming dishonestly with the refs, blowing calls on purpose or intentionally being against one team or another, you are ABSOLUTELY wrong! The “cheating official”, whether it be in baseball, football, basketball ……. well, ANY professional sport is beyond ridiculous. With millions of people watching on TV, any dishonest official would be found out in a minute.

    No my friend. Inept, perhaps. Dishonest, NEVER.

  67. This has gone too far.
    I was in the car the other day with a friend talking about how the interest level in the NFL has plummeted. Stopped at a red light with one of those cameras while I mentioned that Goodell is despicable and needs to be fired.
    Today I got one of those fines in the mail with a picture saying I owed the NFL $50.00 for saying mean things about Roger. That is just too much. Fire the guy already.

  68. Reading most of these comments can be summed up with this.

    Hey Vikings fans quit complaining, because we should be the ones complaining instead if we lost…

  69. Signs of a lost season if it comes down to blaming the officials… I saw a mistake or two made by “players” that reminded me of high school ball. GROW UP!

  70. So, Corrente’s crew spends the entire game flagging every big play by both teams, then at the end the most blatant and consequential foul of the game, which happened right in front of Corrente himself, gets ignored. Corrente should send his husband out onto the field to retrieve his scrotum. Coward.

  71. It definitely should have been a penalty, just like it should have been called on the Vikings when Dak was hit in the facemask on the first possession of the game.

    Vikings LB also too a disgusting dive at the knee of Zack Martin. They called 4 holding penalties on Dallas while Vikings olineman got away with hooking Dallas defensive players around the neck on passing plays.

    If you want good refs, and want it to be called both ways, Dallas would have come out on top regardless.

    Doesn’t seem like Vikings fans really know the rules. If you want pass interference calls while our DB forces you to the sideline on passes, watch how Rhodes does it every play as well.

  72. WATCH the replay of the controversial play. Vikings left tackle jumped before the snap. False start. Play should have been blown dead on the Vikings go back another 5 years.

    Back to back false starts on a extra point.

    Funny how the Vikings tend to over look things like that.

  73. WATCH the replay of the controversial play. Vikings left tackle jumped before the snap. False start. Play should have been blown dead on the Vikings go back another 5 years.

    Back to back false starts on a extra point.

    Funny how the Vikings tend to over look things like that.

  74. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:15 AM
    As long as gambling on sports are allowed, the refs will always play a factor.

    Cowboys (-3.5)????? Where did that line come from after they’ve thoroughly beaten every team they’ve faced?? Where do you think the most action was placed? And of course every time the Cowboys made a momentum changing play, the refs threw a flag, assuring the Vikings covered that spread.

    am I right?
    ________________________________________
    No you are wrong.

    1. It was a road game.
    2. The last 4 Cowboys games have been decided by 6 points or fewer
    3. The last 5 Vikings games have been decided by 5 points or less
    4. It was the 4th game in 18 days the Cowboys had played. They were obviously tired.

  75. As a former high school and college football official, I have to admit that people sitting on their couch many times have a better view of a play than does the on-field officials. We now have the technology to do a better job of officiating games, and I think that the NFL should make changes to utilize this technology. Changing the rules so that an official watching the game via a live feed could stop play by communicating a violation to the Referee could fix errors like what occurred in this game.

  76. crazyby3 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 10:23 AM
    Dez TD was NOT a TD…ball never broke the plane of the goal line or pylon. How do they miss something so obvious?
    ______________________________________
    He ran into the endzone standing up with the ball in his hands. No he didn’t stretch it inside the pylon but he ran 2 yards into the endzone before going out of bounds. Get some glasses or grow up

  77. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 10:40 AM
    MN is primarily known for 2 things:

    1) Their failed football franchise. (Hapless)

    2) Poor sportsmanship. (Tasteless)

    ———————————————

    Dont be a douche, *most Vikings fans are not blaming the loss on officiating. There were plenty of mistakes. However, ANY football fan could see that the officiating was horrible last night BOTH ways. End of story.

  78. I’m a Vikings fan and as Robison said, you can’t place the blame on the refs, we didn’t do enough to win the game anyways. But it’s pretty obvious that you can’t miss a freaking calll like that facemask at that point in the game. Totally unacceptable

  79. One thing that even the most partisan Viking rube has to admit, Laquon Treadslow is a huge bust. Despite the rationalizations about Zim bringing along rookies slowly, it’s apparent this slug has nothing to offer other than having a prototype big wide receiver body. Fat, slow and stupid will get you nowhere son.

  80. The Vikings wouldn’t have scored a TD the play before if they hadn’t gotten away with holding.

  81. eaststsfb says:
    Dec 2, 2016 9:31 AM
    tritz32 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:43 AM

    Here’s an idea – maybe your QB shouldn’t have throw the ball into the 1st row of the stands with the game on the line. While I agree a flag should

    And let’s be honest – does anyone really believe Bradford converts that even a 2nd chance? Or win in OT? Gimme a break – that’s the worst offense in football by a large margin.
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    Everyone commenting on the high throw on the 2-pointer. It was tipped. How could you miss that on the all replays?

    So Bradford couldn’t get the 2-pointer? Didn’t he just march the Vikings down the field in crunch time and score a TD? You’re OT remark is hilarious. Save one deep ball to Dez and the fumbled punt- the VAUNTED Dallas O would have never even made it to the endzone. Give ME a break.

  82. cribbage12 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 6:10 AM

    Wait, these aren’t the same fans that complained about the Rodgers’ facemask call in Detroit before the Hail Mary last year, saying it should have been a no-call are they? Sorry, can’t have it both ways.
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    Uh, yes you can. Replays clearly showed that Rodgers’ facemask was never touched. Replays clearly showed that Bradford was hit in the head. One should be a no-call, the other should be a call. What’s inconsistent about that?

  83. “To the people who are calling us whiners, it’s the consistency of the calls.

    Touch Rodgers, and it gets called.”

    Well, no. If the Vikings got that call last night, maybe they still wouldn’t have made the 2 pts. If it’s 50/50 that they make the 2 pt conversion, and 50/50 that they win in OT, that means they have a 25% chance to win the game if that penalty is called.

    In the 2009 playoffs the Packers lost to AZ on a fumble return TD where the defender clearly got Rodgers in the facemask. That play directly won the game for AZ. It was the last play of the game.

    The only difference, honestly, is that the MN culture cries about everything.

  84. I believe the refs and the NFL always gets even with players and teams, who complain about poor officiating. Whether it’s intentional or not, I’m not sure. But it happens too often to be a coincidence.

  85. Hahahahahaha!!!! Seriously laughed at loud!

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    PFTknowit says:
    Dec 2, 2016 11:26 AM
    This could have been a complete non-issue if the Vikings had a 10 foot tall receiver to catch that pass

  86. The rules are ruining the game, they don’t even know what the rules are! What’s a face-mask, hands to the face, helmet hit, pass interference, a catch, a block, a hold, when are called and why, what’s reviewable and what’s not, why only some plays and not others, why does a whistle in error negate a score – and those are just the tip! The game is perceived as “rigged” by all this nonsense. The NFL has the tools, technology and tons of money, why can’t they fix this? Why part-time refs in a multibillion & business? The NFL is killing there own goose! And then they wonder why viewership is down – dumbazz rich pigs!

  87. And the”both ways” cop out is so tiring. Dallas got away with blatant holding on that run that set up their last field goal, or else that was a game winning touchdown drive for Minnesota in the end.

    And the “fumble” calls, exact same situation, the fumbling player on offense recovered the fumble while down, but Dallas gets BOTH calls, and the second leads to a touchdown on the very next play?

    10 points that should not have been.

  88. They better leave their refs in Dallas Week 14, after how much the Giants have gotten worked over by the refs at home, no less, this season, they might have a riot on their hands if they pull this in East Rutherford.

  89. I could tolerate Vikings fans more if they could do both of the following:

    1) Acknowledge that missed calls don’t always translate directly to a change in the outcome of a game. Sure, they likely influence subsequent play calling and may ultimately affect the outcome. But nothing is guaranteed.

    2) Acknowledge that missed calls (or bad calls) occur for and against BOTH teams. Its just that some fans tend to notice the ones that go against them more because negative events impact your emotions more than positive ones. Weird psychology, but the phenomenon is clearly apparent in all of sports. Just acknowledge it.

  90. The 2 pt conversion play should have been blown dead and moved back another 5 yards as the Vikings left tackle moved before the snap …. the Viking DB’s make contact after 5 yards EVERY pass play, they hold, they grab, they push off, but never gets called unless they actually molest the wr….watch the film …. and for the crybaby Robison wasn’t it odd about the phantom calls on all the big plays Dallas had on Offense and the Int Dallas had that was taken away over a phantom call …. just like the phantom call on the Int Detroit had against the Vikings the week before that wasn’t allowed …. the refs and the league certainly look as if they are trying to help out the whiny Vikings …. and to top it off Robison crying about holding when his horrible Viking OL only gets called for it once a week and that happens on a sack anyway so the call means nothing….WINNERS WIN, LOSERS MAKE EXCUSES

  91. ok, they are upset about the non call. Ok I get it but they should be more upset that Bradford threw the ball 10 feet over everyones head. He did not know the defender was going to hit him in the head so why did he throw the ball like that? That was his only shot to tie the game. A interception does not matter at least throw the ball where someone might catch it. Jeesh

  92. I grew up in Minnesota and Vikings fans will never cease to amuse me.

    Perhaps if the Cowboys hadn’t gotten hosed the entire game on bogus calls, they would have won 24-6 and the Vikings wouldn’t have even been in a position to tie at the end.

    And don’t forget, these are the exact same Vikings fans who actually believe that Super Bowl 44 should be taken away from the Saints and not be given to the Colts (who were, you know, participating in Super Bowl 44), but given to the Vikings!

  93. just as bad as the non PI call on sherm on that throw to jones a few weeks ago. sucks that refs control the outcome of the game.

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    Sherm was illegally hit by Jones earlier in the play, didn’t see that in the news did you? Watch the replay. The non-call is justified.

    Get over it.

  94. Always good for a few laughs. Packers have had their fair share of screw jobs. Rice fumbled, Rodgers facemask in Arizona. Both of those were playoff games Green Bay would have won. Its just a regular season game. Did the refs have a hand in all 6 of the Vikings losses? Never mind Im sure they did. Lol

  95. I think the Viking fans are on to something. Its an all out conspiracy to put the Packers in the playoffs and keep the Vikings out. A Viking victory last night would have really made it a tight race and the NFL isn’t going to allow that. They need ratings in the playoffs and the Packers have proven to deliver the eyeballs that the advertisers need.

    It doesn’t get anymore complicated than that.

  96. Go back and look. The Vikings FALSE STARTED on BOTH 2 point conversion attempts at the end of the game.

    If these incompetent referees had done their jobs, they’d have blown the second 2 pt conversion attempt dead just as they did the first attempt.

    The RT false started on the 1st attempt. On the second it was the LT that false started, and his false start was even worse than the RT’s on the previous play.

    The play should’ve been blown dead and another 5 penalty yards assessed. Instead, the officials let the play continue.

  97. Let’s just stick with what arianus always says – “Doesn’t this diva ever stop whining?”

  98. stiffarm13 says:
    Dec 2, 2016 12:26 PM

    The 2 pt conversion play should have been blown dead and moved back another 5 yards as the Vikings left tackle moved before the snap …. the Viking DB’s make contact after 5 yards EVERY pass play, they hold, they grab, they push off, but never gets called unless they actually molest the wr….watch the film …. and for the crybaby Robison wasn’t it odd about the phantom calls on all the big plays Dallas had on Offense and the Int Dallas had that was taken away over a phantom call …. just like the phantom call on the Int Detroit had against the Vikings the week before that wasn’t allowed …. the refs and the league certainly look as if they are trying to help out the whiny Vikings …. and to top it off Robison crying about holding when his horrible Viking OL only gets called for it once a week and that happens on a sack anyway so the call means nothing….WINNERS WIN, LOSERS MAKE EXCUSES
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    Go back and watch the play again genius, better yet watch it a few times, the ball is snapped the exact moment the LT moves, it looks like a false start because the LG (boone) doesn’t move. Clemmings is garbage first but he had done the same thing all night. 2nd, the cowboys defender didn’t just graze bradfords mask, he had is full right hand attached to the mask pulling it forward to the point where you couldn’t see bradfords eyes since his helmet was moved downward so much. There no guarantee the Vikings get the 2 points with the penalty but you at least want the chance to have a legal play.

  99. Probably should have been a call.

    But that contact wasn’t why the pass didn’t connect. Any QB that can honestly state that the contact on that play would prevent them from completing a pass has no business being in the NFL.

    Essentially the call would give a fresh chance but the call/infraction didn’t cause a change to the outcome of the play.

  100. Everyone complaining that Thielen recovered his fumble the same as Elliot did needs to have their eyes and head examined. Elliot pulled the ball under his body, clearly establishing possession, before Minnesota pulled it back out.

    Thielen was on his back/side, with the ball on top of him, trying to establish possesssion, but he couldn’t before it was grabbed by Wilber.

  101. So so sad!! The Vikings should have completed the pass to be awarded the two points. Bradford got rid of the ball (BEFORE) the defender touched him even though he was coming for him. If the official would have made the call at that moment (It was a penalty) it would have been an example of getting another chance based on a “Technicality” and more than anything, I hate that. It’s more like a pass interference call when the ball is hurled out of reach of the receiver and yet they get the call.

    This call did not impact the play of the game. Bradford just threw the ball out of bounds.

  102. Lots of NFL crews, like Correnti’s, have a Jones for the Dallas Cowboys. I’m a Packers’ fan, so I was glad to see the fix put in this time. 🙂

  103. Lets just face some facts here. The officials suck up to certain quarterbacks in this league and watch them intensely to protect them as the darlings of the league and treat them like they’re wearing a dress so to speak. I am fed up with the NFL where the refs play favorites to players and teams and determine the outcome of the game. Go to London you losers.

  104. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Dec 2, 2016 9:49 AM
    Take what the Vikings did last night in spite of all the calls against them, and multiply it by 10. That’s what the Seahawks will do the Cowboys in the playoffs, if the Cowboys even make it that far.

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    The Seahawks will lose by 20? Probably.

  105. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Dec 2, 2016 9:49 AM
    Take what the Vikings did last night in spite of all the calls against them, and multiply it by 10. That’s what the Seahawks will do the Cowboys in the playoffs, if the Cowboys even make it that far.

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    The Seahawks will lose by 20? Probably.

  106. I should add though, that even though I watched this game, I generally don’t even bother watching on Sundays anymore. Roger Goodell has ruined the NFL with the constant rule changing and I can’t watch this crap anymore.

  107. If you have the rule call the penalty. Don’t just call it for the QB’s you favor. It shouldn’t matter who the QB is but it does unfortunately, I am not saying it cost the Vikings the game. But it sure ended it.

  108. whatjusthapped says:
    Dec 2, 2016 1:12 PM

    I think the Viking fans are on to something. They need ratings in the playoffs and the Packers have proven to deliver the eyeballs that the advertisers need.

    )))))))))))))))))))

    Highest rated TNF ever. The Vikings do not hurt ratings.

  109. richndc says:
    Dec 2, 2016 8:52 AM
    Roofdude said what I was coming to say. I am not going to bitch that much though, as a Cowboys fan, we have been spared bad officiating this year. Every other game I watch I say to my wife “I would be livid if they called that against the Cowboys”. So many bad non-calls, sketchy calls. It does make you wonder “wow, the ref was standing RIGHT THERE and that was a blatant hold” when the next play something 95% would agree is NOT holding gets a flag that affects a first down. As a fan, we would ALL rather them non-call something than call it, the reasons are obvious. The facemask, hands to the face non-call SHOULD have been called, but then MAYBE they convert the 2 points and we go to OT. I still dont see the Vikings winning. Most of the time Dallas offense was stopped was by penalty or poor execution. The Vikes D made many great plays all night, not taking anything away, but who else thinks they would have won in OT?
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    So you think the Cowboys would win if the game went to OT? Hmm
    Wow, you must be some expert guru or something. That whole game was decided by one play and you think the Cowboys win in OT?
    Please explain; BTW The Vikings have a very good defense that was playing great which only gave up 10 points, the crowd was like no other, the Vikings kick returner is
    very, very good, Bradford has only thrown 3 picks all year, the Vikings drove downfield in the last two minutes without any trouble.
    So, how do the Cowboys win in OT?

  110. the ref saw thornton put his arm on bradford’s shoulder pad which, if you look at the angle he was standing at, that giant arm on bradford’s shoulder would have made it impossible for the ref to see his other arm graze the facemask. It should have been a penalty, no doubt, but you can go call by call for the whole game and find a dozen bad ones both ways by the refs. just an overall poor officiating performance the whole game.

  111. As far as Vegas goes, the goal for the books is to have equal betting amounts on each side which is why the payout is at -110 and that’s how the house makes their money. Lines are set with the goal of equal bets on both sides.

    In this game 89% of bets were placed on the Cowboys to cover.

    I’m not saying this factored into the calls, but there wouldn’t have even been a 2 pt conversion to complain about if those weak flags weren’t thrown on the Hitchens interception and/or the Elliot 40 yard run.

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    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Dec 2, 2016 7:15 AM
    As long as gambling on sports are allowed, the refs will always play a factor.

    Cowboys (-3.5)????? Where did that line come from after they’ve thoroughly beaten every team they’ve faced?? Where do you think the most action was placed? And of course every time the Cowboys made a momentum changing play, the refs threw a flag, assuring the Vikings covered that spread.

  112. Media today is agenda driven. They left out the full quote.So here it is – “I’m just going to say it right now: I’m sick and tired of the reffing in this league,” Robison said after the Vikings lost 17-15. “I’m sick and tired of it. You’ve got holding calls all over the place that people don’t want to call it. Bradford gets hit in the face at the end of the game, and you don’t call it. I’m not laying this loss on reffing, but at some point it’s got to be better. …

    “It gets to a point where it’s too frustrating … I’m probably going to get fined for this, I understand that,” Robinson continued, “but somebody has got to step up and say something.”
    He didn’t blame the loss all on the refs nor did the fans.

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