Anthony Lynn did not like PI call on Casey Hayward with seconds to play

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It looked like the Broncos and Chargers would be heading to overtime to settle Sunday’s game when Chargers kicker Michael Badgley hit a field goal with 14 seconds left to play.

The kick tied the score at 20, but the Broncos weren’t willing to just run out the clock. Drew Lock heaved a pass deep down the sideline for Courtland Sutton and Charges cornerback Casey Hayward was flagged for pass interference when the two players came together in pursuit of the ball.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said after the game that he thought the flag was for offensive pass interference and made it clear he didn’t think it was a good call.

“Officials are not perfect, but I did not like that call at the end of the game,” Lynn said. “I don’t think that’s the way you end a football game. To make that call, it’d have to be clear and obvious.”

NFL officiating head Al Riveron said in a video posted to Twitter that Hayward “cuts off the receiver while ball is in the air” by way of explaining why the call was made. That’s clearly not how Lynn saw the play, but the result is still another close loss for the Chargers in a season filled with them.

22 responses to “Anthony Lynn did not like PI call on Casey Hayward with seconds to play

  1. carloswlassiter says:
    December 1, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    Seemed like blatantly obvious PI by the DB.

    I’m shocked an old school coach like Fangio would call that play with a rookie QB, but fortune favors the bold.

    Apparently the OC called for Lock to take a knee and Fangio overruled him and told them to throw it up to Sutton. I agree with you that I didn’t think Fangio would be the one to make that bold decision, he seems like he’d favour conservative in that situation.

  2. Horrible call. Don’t throw the flag and let NY take a look at it. But to throw that flag is a joke. That undermines the entire 59 and half minutes they played.

  3. Obviously a terrible call, even though I was rooting for Denver.
    The defender has to be somewhere. The receiver ran into him, not the other way around.
    Riverton should be relieved of his duties as he’s about as consistent as a drunk walking a straight line with his explanations that justify terrible game changing calls by the refs. Every week it’s something else. It’s beginning to look really suspicious.

  4. BS call. The receiver ran up the back of the DB just to get a flag and the refs fell for it. James Harden couldn’t have done it better.

  5. Truth is, Hayward had no reason to challenge that pass that closely – time was gone, all he had to do was tackle Sutton after the catch but Hayward decided to go for the aggressive coverage and lost the call. Stupid move by Hayward, cost them the overtime chance.

  6. There needs to be an officiating thread posted on this site every week for discussion of the calls.
    The bad calls just keep coming every game and no one holds the officials accountable.

  7. The call was correct he knocked the receiver off the route without even looking for the ball. Text book PI sorry if you didn’t see it. By the way no horse in this race, couldn’t care less who won.

  8. carloswlassiter says:
    December 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    Only a member of the Chargers could think that was a bad call. The DB ran directly into the WR and knocked him down. How is that not PI?
    the receier ran into the DB – the DB was playing the ball, which, btw, was completely uncatchable
    this was nothing but riggage by the esteemed WWNFL.

  9. Those calling it a bad call simply do not understand the rules. It’s not like the DB was standing still and got ran into. If it’s PI in the first quarter, it’s PI with 2 seconds left in the game. The DB was not in position and never played the ball. If his head was turned around, no call.

  10. It was a bad call. Hayward had position on the route. Watch the play again. Hayward looks back twice. In fact, he looks at the same time Sutton is looking for the ball. The QB threw the ball over Hayward’s right shoulder, Sutton was on Hayward’s left shoulder running. The only way Sutton gets to that ball is come back over and through Hayward. It was a bad call, simple as that. The DB has every right to play the ball.

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