League office looked at last play of Cardinals-Bucs, decided not to review it

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The Magic 8 Ball that is replay review of pass interference calls and non-calls continues to confuse and confound.

In the same game that replay review properly reversed a non-call of defensive pass interference to set up what became the game-winning touchdown by the Buccaneers, the replay procedure wasn’t even activated for the final play of the game.

With time expiring, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray threw deep to receiver Pharoh Cooper. Tampa Bay cornerback Jamel Dean clearly hit Cooper before the ball arrived. No flag was thrown.

The game ended, the teams dispersed, and that was that. (Just like the play from 44 years ago discussed in the attached video, when Drew Pearson got away with clear offensive pass interference.)

A penalty would have given Arizona an untimed down, which most likely would have resulted in a field-goal attempt that would have, if successful, forced overtime.

Per a league source, the play was considered for a potential replay review, but a decision was made not to officially review it, because it was determined that the play would not have been overturned, if the review had happened.

That’s yet another head scratcher regarding the vague and amorphous bar the separates the pass interference calls and non-calls that won’t be overturned via replay review and those that will.

Was there clear and obvious evidence of contact? Yes. Did it significantly hinder the receiver? Yes. But was it sufficiently egregious to justify a replay? Apparently not, even though there’s no way to know what it takes to be sufficiently egregious. And even though “sufficiently egregious” isn’t supposed to be part of the process.

The league didn’t apply the even more vague and even more amorphous Hail Mary protocol, which would have required a higher bar to constitute pass interference. It was the normal, usual DPI standard — and there still wasn’t enough evidence to even initiate the process for determining whether the play would be reviewed.

14 responses to “League office looked at last play of Cardinals-Bucs, decided not to review it

  1. The NFL is a joke. They allow a running back to wear a Halloween QB costume and to run an enormous amount of the time and then get mentioned as an MVP. Rules are made and not enforced and Jerome Boogers in the GB game fabricates a roughing the passer call at a time when GB couldn’t get out of its own way.

  2. The NFL league office did the following.

    Buzzed the officials to review a PI (not a coach initiating it) for a pass that was about 8 yards deeper and a number of yards towards the sideline. It was uncatchable.

    Even IF you could dispute that (you can’t), how does such a situation meet the standard of ‘clear and obvious’? It’s not anywhere clear and obvious the player could get even close to the pass.

    Then just a couple minutes later, they decide to not even look at a CLEAR AND OBVIOUS PI.

    It’s a joke. An utter joke.

    The refs in NYC decided this game completely both ways. TWO messups that determined the outcome.

  3. I was watching the game with my 9 year old son who is just now going beyond learning the obvious plays like touchdowns, field goals, and first downs to the nuances like holding and pass interference. Well as soon as he saw the play he turned to me and said daddy that’s past interference. I said yes. He asked why they didn’t throw the flag. I had no answer for him.

  4. Just remember folks. This flaw has now been exposed. This could have happened in any game before this and any game going forward (including YOURS!)

    Could you imagine a similar obvious non-call in the Superbowl causing one team to be able to score and take the lead in the last minute or so and then in the final seconds deny the other team the ability to tie or go ahead on a clear and obvious deliberate non-call?

    The championship would be tainted like NO OTHER and the NFL would have a mess on its hands that would massively dwarf what happened last year.

    Not only because it would be two screw ups, but because it was done so by misapplying rules by officials in the league office. So they can’t even blame field officials in real time.

    This is literally the worst thing that can happen to the sport. Game decided wrongly by someone thousands of miles away.

    This is a warning shot across the NFL’s bow. They have a massive potential screwup just waiting to happen when it matters and when it does.

  5. So, they reviewed the play, determined it would not be overturned and decided not to review what they just reviewed?

    Got it….

  6. Replay sucks. Just get rid of it. Undermines the Refs, and rarely corrects the error.

    Its played by humans, in real time, and that’s who should officiate – humans in real-time.

  7. It was “clear and obvious” as soon as the new PI rules were announced that, rather than eliminate issues of unfair officiating mistakes, this penalty would be the one to determine games more than ever. We see it every week in multiple games. PI calls and non-calls influencing the games more than any other penalty has before.

  8. The other thing they got wrong – there was one second on the clock when the ball hits the ground. Not only did they get the PI call wrong, they actually managed to get it wrong in two ways by allowing the game to end.

  9. The play should’ve been reviewed and Cooper was clearly interfered with. The NFL is a joke and can’t seem to get anything right anymore. The officiating is a joke and has been for years.

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