Mike Pereira, Terry McAulay disagree with blindside block penalty on Bills

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The Bills were nearing field-goal range in overtime to attempt a game-winner. Josh Allen scrambled for 4 yards to the Houston 38 on third-and-nine, which would have given Sean McDermott a big decision: Go for it, give Stephen Hauschka a chance for a long field goal or punt.

But officials called rookie right tackle Cody Ford for a blindside block.

The 15-yard penalty backed up the Bills to their own 43. Allen threw incomplete; the Bills punted; and Buffalo never saw the ball again.

But rules officials from NBC and Fox disagreed with the call.

“The player is blocking toward his own end line, but the very subjective question would be does he make forcible contact with the shoulder?” NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay, a former NFL referee, tweeted. “Based on what I’ve seen called and not called this year I would have to say it is not.”

Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former supervisor of officials, also questioned the penalty.

“I think the call is incorrect,” the Fox rules analyst tweeted. “He doesn’t lead with his shoulder or head. He pushes him. It is a bad rule.”

The league expanded the blindside block rule for 2019.

37 responses to “Mike Pereira, Terry McAulay disagree with blindside block penalty on Bills

  1. This rule was originally for punts and kickoffs to prevent people from getting killed, not this ticky tack nonsense. Just another stupid decision by the NFL to start calling it like this

  2. It came down to QB play. I would need both my hands and both my feet to count the number of dumb plays Josh Allen made during this game

  3. There were a few bad calls against Buffalo, like the first down they gave the Oilers in OT without even reviewing the bad spot.

  4. Lockport Lax says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:28 pm
    There were a few bad calls against Buffalo, like the first down they gave the Oilers in OT without even reviewing the bad spot.

    Houston ran 65 plays without one holding penalty. Tony Corrente is a homer referee.

  5. There were bad calls against both teams but Josh Allen takes the cake for the amount of boneheaded plays in one game.

    That was amazing.

  6. “The player is blocking toward his own end line, but the very subjective question would be does he make forcible contact with the shoulder?” NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay, a former NFL referee, tweeted. “Based on what I’ve seen called and not called this year I would have to say it is not.”

    Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former supervisor of officials, also questioned the penalty.

    “I think the call is incorrect,” the Fox rules analyst tweeted. “He doesn’t lead with his shoulder or head. He pushes him. It is a bad rule.”
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    Clearly two refs that wanted to call the penalties they agreed with like Steratore, probably 100% of the reason they aren’t in the NFL anymore!

    Now that Steratore business card thing was by far the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen a ref do in my life! I’d have fired his butt right after that game. No I wouldn’t have I’d have fired him a few years earlier after that horrible Megatron “no catch” call, he was the worst ref I’ve ever seen barr-none, but a few this season are coming real close!

  7. This rule was originally for punts and kickoffs to prevent people from getting killed, not this ticky tack nonsense. Just another stupid decision by the NFL to start calling it like this

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    Not true,the rule came into being from a Hines Ward block on Reed . A crack back block that still has Raven fans crying.

  8. Parrera (He can spell his name but he is not worth me spelling it right) is a waste of time. Wish that ref in the box would go away.

  9. skcrooged says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:38 pm
    Disgusting.
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    What disgusting is that QB play has gotten so bad that a QB like Allen is considered a good QB by todays low QB standards! Complete’s just over 8% of his passes over 30yds and 22.7% of passes between 20-30yds, now that’s disgusting.

  10. The NFL and Unca Rog would do anything to keep the Bills from advancing, don’t think the refs are fair. Then there was the no fair catch signal, no whistle and ref doesn’t touch the ball. It’s not dead the player didn’t take a knee.

  11. It makes sense that calls went against the Bills. The script the announcer used was pro Watson. The alternate refs forcing the umpire to change his call was strange. It’s like watching the booker in a wrestling match. In other circumstances, they just ignore it if it’s not reviewable and a day later say the refs missed it. Oh well.

  12. Network calls favor the more desirable media market. In this case, Houston (#5) trumps Buffalo (#50). Not rocket science.

  13. Another hideously officiated game. Just think. Because of bad officiating in last year’s Championship game the wrong team went to the superbowl. In what other sport does this inexplicable problem exist in to the extent it does in the NFL? Or a better question might be, what sport has the largest amount of money gambled on it? Anybody wonder if there’s a coincidence between the two?

  14. How about the calls the other way. Ball batted backwards out of bounds. Clock should run. Then they reviewed a spot a few plays later and never started the clock again…The punter then spiked the ball. The bills needed every second based on how Allen was playing.

  15. “carloswlassiter says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:11 pm
    This settles it. Bills fans are the biggest whiners in the league.”

    It was a terrible call. Bills should have at least had a shot at the FG.

    Love how much you’re posting, though. How’d that 4-12 prediction work out? How’d the Pats do today?

    Future is bright in Buffalo.

  16. Definitely bad call, but it would have been a 56-yard attempt. Very low chance of winning it there, and Texans would have had great field position anyhow.

  17. First, not a fan of the Bills, here.

    How about those non-calls where the Texans hit Allen low after he had already passed the ball?

    There were too many calls against the Bills and many non-calls against the Texans. Why?

  18. Definitely a hummer call. But a great season for the Bills and a bright future moving forward for the team and the wildly gifted and improving Josh Allen!!

  19. When will you all learn that all these rules are put in so they can control the outcome of all the games and run off with all your money

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