Ravens bailed out by bad horse collar tackle call

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A bad call went the Ravens’ way on their first drive today.

With Baltimore going for it on fourth down, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson attempted an option run to the outside. As he pitched, Jackson was pulled down to the ground, his pitch went awry, and the Vikings recovered the fumble.

But the officials flagged Vikings defensive end DJ Wonnum for a horse collar tackle. It was a strange call, as Wonnum grabbed Jackson by the back of the jersey near the number, and the rules say a player has to grab the name plate or above for it to be a penalty. Former NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on the FOX broadcast that the call was wrong.

“The rule is specific, it’s name plate or above. That’s below,” Blandino said as a replay showed Wonnum grabbing Jackson’s jersey below the name plate.

A drive that should have ended with a Ravens fumble instead ended up with Ravens kicker Justin Tucker making a field goal, and the Ravens took a 3-0 lead.

14 responses to “Ravens bailed out by bad horse collar tackle call

  1. When will the NFL hire competent refs? How many are on the field and not one of them could see it wasn’t a horse collar tackle.

  2. NFL just keeps screwing the Vikings like they’ve done their entire existence.

  3. NFL just keeps screwing the Vikings like they’ve done their entire existence.
    +++++
    Good job rising above.

  4. This Ravens offense is bad. QB can’t throw, Andrews being taken out of the game, and it’s like watching a high school offense that just runs because they have no better option.

  5. Tied up. I knew the refs would get us back in it. Thielen, the master of the push off.

  6. Oh look. The Vikings are allowed to do whatever they want and get away with it. Horrible no call and Thielen can just push off.

    That’s cool. Send Mark Andrews down the seam and have him push over a defender to catch a pass.

  7. unknownvikingfan says:
    November 7, 2021 at 4:02 pm
    Tied up. I knew the refs would get us back in it. Thielen, the master of the push off.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    No that would be Drew Pearson. Every football fan knows that!

  8. They review everything under the sun and they can’t review an obvious bad call that literally cost the Vikings the game?
    That was probably the worst call I’ve seen this year and there have been a lot.

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