League reviewed controversial non-call of pass interference in Seattle

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2019 exits under the same sort of cloud of controversy with which it entered: A non-call of pass interference with significant postseason implications.

With 15 seconds left in Sunday night’s game between the 49ers and Seahawks, a throw to the end zone on third and goal from the five seemed to result in early contact by 49ers linebacker Fred Warner on Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister. There were no flags, and there was no stoppage of the game for a review of the ruling on the field.

“Well, we actually looked at it here in New York,” NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron said in a post-game pool report. “We had a great look. NBC gives us a great look of the entire route. So we actually did perform a review, but based on what we saw, we didn’t see enough to stop the game. But we did review it.”

Riveron made it clear that the play was review (but not formally reviewed) for both defensive and offensive pass interference.

“What we see is, we see the offensive player come in and initiate contact on the defensive player — nothing that rises to the level of a foul which significantly hinders the defender, nothing that is clear and obvious through visual evidence, which hinders the defender,” Riveron said. “The defender then braces himself. And there is contact then by the defender on the receiver. Again, nothing which rises to the level of a foul based on visual evidence. Nothing happens that rises to the level of a foul while the ball is in the air before it gets there by either player.”

Although all too often this year Riveron has simply recited the replay-review equivalent of “abracadabra” when defending decisions made or not made via replay review (without regard to what the visual evidence actually shows), his explanation arguably holds some water on this one. Hollister seems to initiate contact, possibly in an effort to draw a flag when Warner engaged.

I felt him grabbing me,” Hollister told reporters after the game, “but you don’t get every call. I didn’t get that call.”

Hollister didn’t get the call, even though maybe he should have. Which means the Seahawks didn’t get the call, even though maybe they should have. Which means the Packers, who fell from the No. 1 seed to No. 2, and Saints, who fell from No. 2 to No. 3, didn’t get the call. Even though maybe they should have.

Which brings it all back to the Saints. The team that saw their playoff run in 2018 end with a controversial non-call of defensive pass interference now have seen their playoff run in 2019 made considerably more difficult with a controversial non-call of defensive pass interference. The difference this time around is that the play was less egregious, but that the device for potentially fixing any errors perhaps was not fully and completely utilized.

143 responses to “League reviewed controversial non-call of pass interference in Seattle

  1. Oh, please. How about the random roughing the passer on Garland? How about the o-line holding Bosa and Buckner on almost every play? You had 8 chances from the 5 and couldn’t get it done. You had a delay of game penalty that sealed the deal. Trying to get cute with Lynch on the one yard line and you blew it. Excuses aren’t going to work. Niners, NFC West champs.

  2. I really don’t see why the non calls in weeks 1-16 have lesser playoff implications than week 17.
    Stick to your guns in the regular season. I understand being more vigilant in the post season.

  3. It all comes back to hammering the Saints and any team that attempts to use this device that the Saints/Sean Payton pushed through the NFL rules. The NFL simply does not as a league want to use the device and they resent the Saints being able to push it through onto the other teams. It’s more and more clear how just a few well placed calls make a tremendous difference in the outcome of games. The NFL sees this device as another opportunity to influence games with explanations that sound like they come directly from a lawyer. You know, a lawyer,,,,like Roger Goodell and his compadres.

  4. If it had been Tom Brady throwing that pass, it would have for sure been called for defensive pass interference.

  5. Seattle got a phantom pass interference call, to keep a drive alive on 3rd down. When Lockett dove into the defender, on a off target pass by Wilson. That drive eventually led to the Metcalf TD.

    Every team has gotten help and has also been burned by officiating. Cry me a river

  6. Irrelevant. The Seahawks coaching staff lost another important game by sheer incompetence at the goal line with everythng on the line. It took them too long to get the play in – either that, or Wilson was just out to lunch.In any case, delay of game in that situation is nothing short of malpractice.

  7. “Hollister seems to initiate contact, possibly in an effort to draw a flag when Warner engaged.” So you mean OPI? Hollister hit him to push Warner off of him (OPI), Warner held on AFTER the OPI. No OPI call no DPI call… sounds like the right call…

  8. Why didn’t Wilson just sneak it in to win the game? They wasted a down and the five yards. That delay of game was inexcusable.

  9. The league should review every play automatically to see if there are any penalties anywhere on the field. Also, players should be flagged for almost committing penalties. Head coaches should also be able to throw penalty flags. This will eventually get the saints to the Super Bowl.

  10. If you are going to waste your time crying about the calls you didn’t get, then you don’t deserve to be there. The delay of game at the end was brutally stupid.

  11. Wow,this was way more apparent as PI foul than the gift they gave Carolina when they played the Saints earlier in the year. I can see different ref crews calling the games definitely, but in NY, it’s the same dudes. So, there should be a high level of consistency in calls

  12. Direct quote from Al: It wasn’t DPI because the NFL needs a California market team in the SB and to get the 49whiners fans to stick around. Not because it wasn’t DPI.

  13. & here we go again……
    let’s just call it what it is….. the result of legalizing gambling on football games…..

  14. What do ya know, Slippery Pete and his boys trying to get the upper hand in a slick way. I’m sure that was coached up in practices. Apparently the 1 yard line is the dynasty killer for the Seahawks.

  15. Maybe if we stop acting like one play determines the entire game, this nonsense can go away. Just like the Saints in 2018, the Seahawks had ample opportunity to win the game and they didn’t get it done. QUIT BLAMING ONE PLAY!!

  16. This a joke. This whole game I was seriously thinking Corrente is going to screw the niners once again. He let so many Seattle holds and clips that I was about to lose it. Then on the niners last chance to run it out on offense he calls the most bogus 15 yard personal foul on ben Garland that I’ve ever seen. Definitely worst and most damaging call since the niners beat the saints and zebra changed the outcome by flagging Ahmed Brooks shoulder hit on Drew Brees (2013 cost the niners the #1 SEED with that after the niner fumble recovery and outcome sealed. This call by Pete Morello decided SF going to Seattle in the NFC championship instead of other way around…..where again niners got more devastating calls (15 second play clock in the 4th on 3rd and 1, marshawns 4th quarter 3rd down run that was a 4 and a half feet short of the sticks that got spotted as a first down, Bowman’s goalline strip/interception of Kearse/Russell that got inexplicably called Seattle ball by the mafia stripes, special teamer that launched into and injured the plant ankle of our punter, that inexplicably got called a minor 5 yard penalty so that niners wouldn’t get the 1st down on the yardage).

  17. I no longer trust the officiating in the NFL. This all goes back to Super Bowl 50 and the officials swallowing their whistles on the multiple illegal hits on Cam Newton. Time to fire Al and half the officials and sweep the NFL offices clean and hire trustworthy officials.

  18. Now the Saints fans will start whining all over again.

    I think it was Offensive PI, initiated by the Tight End to draw a defensive foul against the Linebacker.

    My opinion is that Al Riveron is incompetent. He states that “What we see is, we see the offensive player come in and initiate contact on the defensive player — nothing that rises to the level of a foul which significantly hinders the defender, nothing that is clear and obvious through visual evidence, which hinders the defender…”

    Riveron then states “The defender then braces himself.”

    WELL DUH, the fact that the defender “braces himself” after being contacted by the Tight End is your proof that the defender was in fact hindered. That should be an offensive foul – a 10 yard penalty from the line of scrimmage and replay the down.

    My take would be that if a flag was thrown on the field, it would have been for Defensive PI, potentially putting the ball on the 1 yard line with 1st and goal. Then the automatic booth review would Reverse the call to Offensive PI, which, if accepted by the 49ers would put the ball on the 15 yard line and replay 3rd down.

    I don’t have enough faith in Riveron to actually interpret and correctly execute that decision in real time.

  19. This really didn’t matter. They got to the 1 and had to take a delay of game because they wanted to bring Lynch in and they weren’t ready. A great game to watch from a neutral’s perspective. Both teams had their chances, but in my opinion the better, more-deserving team won.

  20. It WAS pass interference. Officials blow it once again. It’s almost to the point that the games are unwatchable to be decided by poor officiating.

  21. There needs to be more than one person conducting the review. Riveron, or any other single person, could be the most competent reviewer in the world and still miss something. A three person panel would provide a much better possibility of making a current call.

  22. Did Al really say: “… based on what we saw, we didn’t see enough to stop the game” uhm sir, are you doing the BirdBox challenge? It was obvious PI. Fred Warner was draped ALL over Hollister. Granted, Seahawks shouldn’t have dug themselves into a hole to begin with, but it was very obvious that it was PI.

    I’m not really a fan of either team, but fans in general just want consistency when it comes to penalties.

  23. That’s funny that NY didn’t think it warranted a formal review when the expert in NBC’s booth thought it was definitely pass interference on the defense.

  24. That was a terrible mistake, but Seattle totally bungled the chances they had in spite of it. As good as they can be sometimes, their lack of fundamental coaching seems to hold them back in the biggest moments. They’ll be lucky to get past Philly on Sunday after a deflating loss like that.

  25. This is a good time for me to bring up something I’ve noticed several times- It is apparent to me that a lot of time when the referees are huddled up after a flag is thrown or a controversial play happens, that they are talking to New York. I can’t remember the game (I was watching Red Zone), but there a personal foul call yesterday where the referees huddled up for a long time and it was very clear that the head ref was listening to his head set and talking to someone not on the field.

    Is it OK for the refs to basically let New York review whatever they want before they make a call when a coach hasn’t thrown a red flag and it’s not under two minutes to play? Maybe it is and I missed a memo, but it seems strange.

  26. “Well, we actually looked at it here in Las Vegas,” NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron said in a post-game pool report.

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    Fixed that for you much in the same way the Zebras fixed that game.

  27. Seahawks fan. Calls all over the league are more inconsistent than Blair Walsh’s kicking. No worries, San Francisco outplayed them enough to win. Good game, good thrills, bad result for fans of one team. There are 12 teams left, this call won’t mean a thing in a month

  28. The NFL wants the EAGLES in the Super Bowl. Seattle has no shot going into Philly for a second time in a season and winning. That game was rigged and it’s becoming more and more apparent how the league orchestrates outcomes in games.

  29. The league has opened the proverbial Pandora’s box with PI reviews. Looking at the seemingly unwillingness of the league to correct PI calls to the in spite of clear video evidence that a change of call is warranted makes you wonder if the league all along had little intention of reversing incorrect calls in favor of keeping the human element (refs) involvement from being further reduced than in already has. And if that is the case then why did they decide to allow reviews of PI calls? Moving forward, if they are going to continue with allowing PI challenges then why not let A.i. (Artificial intelligence) make the call? Certainly the technology is already available.

  30. I came on here just to hear the Seahawk fans crying about a call. It’s football and the WR was still close to the 5 yard mark where contact is allowed. The 49ers were called for an unsportsman like conduct down the field when a guy was blocking and couldn’t hear the whistle. Dallas was called for a bad tripping call against the Pats this year. It’s the NFL and you had enough other chances to win the game. The fans are crying about it more than the team or the players.

  31. It was PI, but it certainly did not rise to the level that they have used to overturn such a call, so it was consistent that they did not overturn it. (I am not a fan of either team.)

  32. The difference here is you won’t hear Pete whine about it all off season like that punk in New Orleans has been doing. Sean Payton, and those horrible Saints fans are still crying about that non call a year later

  33. Complain about review all you want. The game was lost when the Seahawks couldn’t even get out of the huddle before the play clock ran out when they were on the 1 yard line.

  34. camstinks says:

    December 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

    The difference here is you won’t hear Pete whine about it all off season like that punk in New Orleans has been doing. Sean Payton, and those horrible Saints fans are still crying about that non call a year later

    The difference is that non call last was more then just 2 missed penalties, it was Drew’s Legacy that was hurt. If they do their jobs, that’s all the people want them to do correctly, their jobs.

  35. Weak Seahawks fans. Remember the 2013 NFC Championship? Navarro Bowman gave his leg for that strip recovery he made at the one yard line. Blown call.. The 49ers win that game if they get that call right and you never win that Super Bowl. The 49ers won the game. Get over it.

  36. A great no call if your a niners fan. Everyone in the country could see how bad that no call was. I’m not blaming Al I’m blaming Rog. Just one more moronic thing for his resume.

  37. Only one team has consistently benefitted from the inconsistency of the refs this season.

    They didn’t get 100% of the calls in their favor, but 97% of the time they did.

    And the other 3% of the time, Aaron Rodgers looked pissed.

  38. Sure Cam. If it happened to your team you’d be fine with it. The Saints and Payton are 13-3 and haven’t mentioned last year at all.

  39. Wow. The Saints just keep getting screwed. Peyton screams and raises enough fuss to get the rule changed, a very reasonable and needed change, and what happens? Continued petty reprisals against him and the Saints. It’s shameful. I can’t wait to see what happens in the playoffs but expect the vendetta against the Saints to continue.

    But don’t ever forget, the integrity of the game is what governs our decisions.

  40. So he reviewed every angle in what 10 seconds? At least stop the game and take a legit look at it and involve the officiating crew on the field even if it isn’t overturned.

  41. I hate the Seahawks but Al Riveron’s description of what took place was not accurate. That was textbook pass interference that should have resulted in the Seahawks being back on the one yard line. It’s moments like this where you can’t blame anyone for thinking that the NFL is rigged.

  42. The NFL rarely EVER admits wrong doing when its egregious. This reminds me of the 2009 NFC championship game. Kevin Curtis was hit from behind in his legs well before the ball hit his hands (and I just watched it again while typing this just to be sure), and the NFL with Mike Pereira who was officiating director, later came out and said that they looked at it and found nothing wrong. But had no problem with saying they erred on the muffed punt earlier im the game, because the punt didn’t seal the outcome.

    What about the ghost facemask at the end of the Lions & Packers game? Or the Dez Bryant catch? Blandino defended it being over turned. Or the Rams-Saints debacle?

    Three different heads of officiating; Pereira, Blandino, Riveron – yet the problem is worse and the statements are still the same. The only constant is the NFL. It goes beyond Goodell as he works for the owners and makes them money.

  43. “This all goes back to Super Bowl 50 and the officials swallowing their whistles on the multiple illegal hits on Cam Newton.”

    ==========

    Huh? Oh, now I remember. You mean when he was trying to recover that fumble.

  44. Pete is a great motivator and a winner, but not much of a game day coach. He makes so many critical errors….Wilson can only bail him out so many times…

  45. It’s absolutely hilarious to see the 2012s crying so much about this after they’ve been the beneficiaries of horrendous officiating for years now. And of course you all are silent on the bogus unnecessary roughness that extended a drive for y’all. Karma always comes to collect Seahawks fans. Time to pay your debt. Your tears are delicious! Bow to the number 1 seed and NFC west champion San Francisco 49ers!

  46. We need Eric Snowden to hack the nfl’s email servers and expose their rigged games. You know its beyond corrupt when there is clear visual evidence that everyone sees, but the NFL says there is no evidence. I guess the truth comes out, we can all create our own reality.

  47. Did they review the BS unnecessary roughness called on the center for blocking that killed the Niners drive and gave Seattle the ball back so the anointed one Russell Wilson could have one more drive?

  48. Hey Seattle : you are holding on virtually every offensive play. I think there was one holding call of the Hawks.

  49. Cry all you want hawk fans. If you didn’t get that ridiculous roughing call on Garland, you wouldn’t have even got the ball back. Yeah it was pass interference, but Riveron was also correct that contact was initiated by the reciever. That’s why you didn’t get the call. Suck it up and maybe will meet again if you can get by Philly.

  50. There we’re at least a dozen other PI situations this year that were not called on review, and that were much more egregious than this one. Could have gone either way, they didn’t call it. That’s football. Move on. To me, this comes nowhere near the level of PI that should be overturned.

  51. So far in this thread, the league is fixed for:

    The 49ers (?)
    The Packers (?!)
    The Panthers (?!?)
    The Eagles (!?!?!?!)

    In a shocking development, no one appears to have brought up how this call either helps or hurts the Patriots.

    Ya’ll are sad.

  52. Cant remember many people supporting the Saints in the robbery that occurred against Rams. How does it feel Sea hawks? League jobbed both of us at the same time. So obvious what they are doing. Pretty sure Giants or Jets will be in the dance next year because of the Demographics.

  53. BuzzOff says:

    December 30, 2019 at 10:11 am

    “This all goes back to Super Bowl 50 and the officials swallowing their whistles on the multiple illegal hits on Cam Newton.”

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    Huh? Oh, now I remember. You mean when he was trying to recover that fumble.

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    I think you mean when he made a business decision to not try and recover that fumble.

  54. Russell Wilson just can’t make an independent decision when Pete is screwing up. Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady wouldn’t allow their team to get a 5 yard delay of game just sitting there huddled up for 3 years.

  55. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    December 30, 2019 at 9:00 am
    “Yeah we looked at it, but thought the 49ers should win the game, so didn’t call it”
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    If they really wanted the 49ers to win, why didn’t they call holding on Seattle’s offensive line like they should have on every passing play?🤔

  56. While I am sure it is fun for PFT to troll easily triggered Saints fans, the PI non call, right or wrong may not have mattered if not for a ridiculous personal foul called on the niners O on what would have been 3rd and short when Seattle hadn’t stopped them all day.

  57. Don’t feel bad for the Saints, they should have lost to the Titans last week but the refs gave them a gift of a game saving fumble (which should have been incomplete) from a brutal headshot (which should have been UR for 15 yards).

  58. Does the NFL’s health insurance package not include vision? Riveron is blindas the fool he works for. Holding was the obvious call. I know the league does not want to start micromanaging these games, but the call was just another terrible missed call on the field. Bracing oneself and holding/tackling are two different things. If Hollister was a star player, would Al see it differently?

  59. I find it hilarious that the Saints fans are crying more than the Seattle fans. There are terrible calls on both sides of the ball. Key is to not put yourselves in a position where it matters. Seattle didn’t get it done.

    13-3
    #1 seed

    Try and beat us at home crybabies.

  60. Yep. Looked at it again last night. Hollister ran directly into the defender. A defender does not have to move out of an offensive player’s way. Once Hollister tangled himself up in the defender, it’s literally a second until the play is over.

    8 consecutive plays inside the 10 without getting in, not one run called, delay of game. Seahawks are a good team but the loss is on them. They had lots of chances to win it.

  61. iberiasaint says:
    December 30, 2019 at 10:42 am
    Cant remember many people supporting the Saints in the robbery that occurred against Rams. How does it feel Sea hawks? League jobbed both of us at the same time.

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    People didn’t support the Saints because they didn’t get robbed. They still had a chance to score on that drive, but settled for a FG. Their choice. Then they let the Rams tie it up to go to overtime. Their fault. Then Brees coughs up an interception in OT. His fault. Then they let the Rams score to win the game. Their fault.

    The Saints had multiple offensive & defensive possessions after that “robbery” and couldn’t get it done. That Saints fans can’t see that is why most non-Saints-fans have no sympathy for them.

  62. Weak Seahawks fans. Remember the 2013 NFC Championship? Navarro Bowman gave his leg for that strip recovery he made at the one yard line. Blown call.. The 49ers win that game if they get that call right and you never win that Super Bowl. The 49ers won the game. Get over it.

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    Wow you really had to dig for that one.

  63. Yet no Seahawks fan wants to address the fact that they wouldn’t have even had that last drive if it wasn’t for that ridiculous unnecessary roughness call. The game was over and the refs wanted to give Seattle one more chance. They made some terrible clock management decisions and it finally came back to bite them. Absolutely delicious!

  64. Trailing dbacks always get ‘ran into’ on underthrown balls and its defensive pass interference 100% of the time if they aren’t looking at the ball. Get out of here with the Hollister invaded his space talk.

  65. “We need Eric Snowden to hack the nfl’s email servers and expose their rigged games. You know its beyond corrupt when there is clear visual evidence that everyone sees, but the NFL says there is no evidence. I guess the truth comes out, we can all create our own reality.”
    ___________

    Do people really believe that the NFL fixes games? Let’s think about how many people would have to involved in order to artificially determine the results of games. The league office, the game officials, coaches, and players all would have to be in cahoots. Do you really believe that, out of all those people, not one person has come forward to say that the games are fixed?

  66. “If Hollister was a star player, would Al see it differently?”
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    Maybe. But the point is he certainly would have if Hollister was a Packer.

  67. Better team won, plain and simple. Calls (and non-calls) go for and against teams all the time. Despite an abysmal first half Seattle had plenty of chances to win at the end… but they didn’t. No reason to get hung up on that one specific play, even though I disagree with the non-call there.

    In either case, if you put the NFCW title aside I don’t think the Hawks could have drawn a better matchup for the wildcard round than Philly. This is far from a travesty in my opinion.

  68. Three thoughts:

    1 If you know football, that was obviously PI. Defender didn’t play the ball but grabbed the guy.

    2 Oh well

    3 Hawks may be in a better playoff position losing. I’d rather go rd three with Whiners than into NO (assuming we could beat either Eags or Vikings)

  69. It was a pass interference, there is no doubt about this, but nobody cares because its Seattle, and that we have had our share of questionable decisions go our way in the past.

  70. niner816;
    Oh, please. How about the random roughing the passer on Garland? How about the o-line holding Bosa and Buckner on almost every play? You had 8 chances from the 5 and couldn’t get it done. You had a delay of game penalty that sealed the deal. Trying to get cute with Lynch on the one yard line and you blew it. Excuses aren’t going to work. Niners, NFC West champs.

    Let me help ya out here a bit,,Garland is an O-lineman,he was called for a late block that was questionable,but I believe it goes back to players safety and how Garland kinda stumbled and came in at the legs of the Hawk player. It is kinda same when players sack a QB and are now expected to totally control their body. If you need any more help with the roster for your team,,feel free to contact me. 🙂 Good Luck , hope to see you all again in a couple weeks,

  71. realitycheckbaby says:

    …..
    3 Hawks may be in a better playoff position losing. I’d rather go rd three with Whiners than into NO (assuming we could beat either Eags or Vikings)

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    I don’t think you’re making it to round 3. While we can agree you’d never have gotten past the Saints if you had beaten the Vikings at home, don’t be too confident your team as it stands now can win another one at the Linc.

  72. Classic bummer of a situation. Absolutely no guarantee that had they made the call that the Hawks would’ve scored…but it could not have been more blatant and the fact that the refs didn’t even look at it in the moment (and the BS league office response after) is inexcusable.

    That said…the Hawks need to ditch the slow starts and delay of games w/ the game on the line…

  73. Doesnt even matter if you think it was PI. Seattle still got the first down at the 1 to win the game. they blew it.

    PI call is irrelevant and didnt affect the outcome.

    keep crying.

  74. No mention of the BS call on Garland? 49ers were manhandling the Seahawks defense. No doubt…we run out that clock & game is over(without controversy).
    Well, except for all the holding by the Seahawks(that wasn’t being called).
    The better team won. End of story!

  75. I do believe it’s a combination of NFL headquarters and Las Vegas. Vegas for the money and Headquarters for large markets to get more coverage even though small market teams seem to have a larger following. You can agree or disagree, its Just my 2 cents…

  76. I am not a Seahawks fan by any stretch of the imagination but that non-call was absolutely another example of the officials not getting it right. They can spin it any way they want, but that was obviously pass interference on the defender and yet another example of how poorly the NFL does at officiating these games.
    Seattle got screwed on that play and once again, a team moves on because the gutless officials can’t get it right.
    Seahawks fans — only a Niners fan and the NFL can say with a straight face that you didn’t get hosed. Every other fan of every other team knows you did.

  77. I think PI could have been called, but the TE clearly initiated contact running into the LB. That never bodes well if you want to get a call. I think that was heavily considered, and, in the end, why NY made the “Unofficial Ruling” not to consider the play more egregious. Agree with earlier Commenter, that the Niners had a couple calls go against them: the Phantom PI called with Lockett that extended a drive, and the terrible call against the OL for a PF when he was just trying to deliver a legit block with all that crazy crowd noise. There are always a few borderline calls for each Team it seems in every game if you apply the microscope. Great game…there will be a rematch in two weeks. The rubber match between Hawks and Niners should be a war like the previous two games have been!

  78. The league is still trying to create the illusion of an objective standard for calling pass interference. It was stupid to open these inherently judgment calls up to review. The league should instead admit up front that referees aren’t going to get all the calls right and that’s as much part of the game as bad hops, injuries, and wind gusts. Fans need to grow up when their team loses because of a bad luck outcome.

  79. I knew when the 49’rs were given that first touchdown call that THAT would be the decision that wins them the game. That was not a touchdown. The replay showed it was not a touchdown. The commentators even stated that that should have been contested.

    Why was Marshawn Lynch paid $60k for this game when he wasn’t out there the entire time? The game didn’t make sense (on the Seahawks side). You have Marshawn, yet you don’t use him during the times he was really needed. I’m so frustrated with it.

  80. I 100% believe the NFL manipulates games. It feels more and more like a version of WWF wrestling everyday. And to make matters worse, there are zero known instances of refs taking payoffs in my lifetime. Really? Sounds legit, the NFL only employs good honest people who sometimes just make golly gee mistakes. Totally reasonable explanation, lol.

  81. Darkness’s Couch says:
    December 30, 2019 at 9:52 am
    Weak Seahawks fans. Remember the 2013 NFC Championship? Navarro Bowman gave his leg for that strip recovery he made at the one yard line. Blown call.. The 49ers win that game if they get that call right and you never win that Super Bowl. The 49ers won the game. Get over it.
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    I still see Niners fans crying about their missed SB at Niners Nation

  82. How about that game against Green Bay with the replacement refs .Seattle came out of that pretty good I don’t remember the Seahawks complaining about that.

  83. blorjr says:
    December 30, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    How about that game against Green Bay with the replacement refs .Seattle came out of that pretty good I don’t remember the Seahawks complaining about that.

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    Yeah…why would they?

    Was this supposed to be attached to some kind of point that you left out of your comment?

  84. Clearly was PI no doubt I guess the NFL is behind the 49 ers , yet in the Packers Lions game the refs were quick to call Phantom PI on Kumerow when the defender was already falling, the officiating has gotten steadily worse and they cost the Seahawks a victory.

  85. marcsasharc says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    Doesnt even matter if you think it was PI. Seattle still got the first down at the 1 to win the game. they blew it.

    PI call is irrelevant and didnt affect the outcome.

    keep crying.
    ……………………………..
    It was a 3rd and goal from the 6 play with 12 seconds left after the no call. PI would have made it 1st and goal at 1 with 12 seconds. Teams can get 3-4 pass plays off in that small window…..so yeah, it definitely effected the game.

  86. Hollister intentionally initiated contact with Warner to draw a penalty. That’s how the Fleahawks have been so good this season. Look at Wilson. CLEARLY past the Line of Scrimmage, Ball was past the Line of Scrimmage… oh wait his back foot was not all the way over so no penalty here. Ummmm yeah right. If the ball is past the Line of Scrimmage then it’s a penalty. Should’ve got flagged there. Our OLineman was downblocking and he get flagged for Unsportsmanlike in that loud as truck stadium. Bad call by the Officials which cost the 9ers what might have been a nail in the Fleahawks coffin making the Hollister call moot. Wilson CONSISTENTLY slides late to initiate contact with Defenders ALL THE TIME and honestly, if I were the Opposing Head coach I would tell my squad that if they’re gonna take an unjust penalty… “Make it a good one, if you’re going to get 15 yards called against us”. Pete Carroll is a doosh who loves to walk the razors edge that’s the ONLY way they know how to win this season.

  87. Debo never touched the boundary line either. Came pretty close but there was green between his shoe and the OB. Not much, but that’s enough to make that TD all good. Keep cryin in your 12th man towels.

  88. I want to thank the observers who commented the receiver initiated contact. I now believe the right call was made. If anything it was offensive interference. The receiver crashed into the defender in order to gain separation. Classic move but the defender wasn’t playing that game. Good D all the way.

  89. This was clearly OPI. The receiver ran a few yards then dipped his head and plowed right into the LB. He wasn’t trying to run a route, he was trying to draw a flag. As soon as he made contact he threw his hands up looking for it, even though Wilson hadn’t even thrown the ball yet. But the LB was looking back at Wilson the whole time and saw the ball coming. He tried to break on it by cutting in front of the receiver but couldn’t…because he was being INTERFERED with by the receiver throwing his arms up!

  90. One thing is clear Seahawks and Saints fans are crybabies. Watch full game of 2013 NFC championship (not nfl network condensed version) and you will see the most fixed game in Nfl history by far. And this game wasn’t much better the PI wasn’t called one factor for hawks but I saw at least 5 non calls that hurt niners plus blatant holding calls ignored and a block in the back so obvious it was sickening but guess what it happens….. to us more than most that is. We overcame in the past we wouldn’t and the delay of game not refs fault

  91. I remember back at candlestick when Seahawks fans showed up 12 men deep. Now I see lots of hawks stickers and jerseys down here in California but I call them out you from Washington, Oregon, Idaho no then your a bandwagon fan

  92. Suggestion:
    Please look again that play if you recorded the game. If not, it should be easily found on the web. The chances are that youtube has it.
    Nick Bosa could hardly breathe because Mike Iupati was constantly and literally grabbing or holding on to his jersey. I am glad a few mentioned the Ahmad Brooks RTP on Drew Brees in NO. One PI play that was not mentioned was back in 1982 or 1983 POs against Ronnie Lott and the Niners were playing against the Washington Redskins.
    Finally, a week ago the Niners defeated the LA Rams. Look at the TD pass from Jimmy G to Kittle. The Rams LB #58 Cory Littleton had Kittle locked by the arm in the EZ just before that pass. Please look that play and let everybody hear your HO.

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