Matt Rhule: Browns should have been penalized on spike before winning field goal

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Panthers coach Matt Rhule says the Browns got away with a penalty on the play before their game-winning field goal today.

With the clock running and seconds ticking off, Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett spiked the ball to stop the clock. But Brissett appeared to be briefly considering a fake spike, and he briefly looked up to see if he had a receiver open before stepping back and spiking the ball. By rule, spikes to stop the clock have to be immediate, or else they’re intentional grounding, and an official threw a flag for that. But the official who threw the flag was overruled for reasons Rhule said after the game that he didn’t understand.

“I started screaming, ‘Intentional grounding, 10-second runoff, game’s about to be over.’ They obviously called it and then changed it, and it was told to me that — I’m going to get in trouble here, but — it was told to me he just pump-faked it,” Rhule said.

Referee Brad Rogers explained after the game, “After discussion, we determined that stepping back does not disqualify the quarterback from spiking the ball and we allowed him to do that by rule.”

Browns kicker Cade York nailed a 58-yard field goal after the spike. If the intentional grounding had been called, it would have moved the Browns far enough back that they probably would have tried a Hail Mary instead of a field goal. It was a costly non-call for the Panthers.

36 responses to “Matt Rhule: Browns should have been penalized on spike before winning field goal

  1. It was a ref not wanting a penalty call to be all over social media after the game and instead it was a non-call that should’ve been called that is the discussion.

  2. Most coaches don’t say things like this, they just move along. Rhule’s team was clearly outplayed today.

  3. The bottom line here is that this was Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers 13th loss in the last 16 games going back to last season and if these losses continue then Rhule will be fired and rightfully so.

  4. Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. If we’re doing that then the Brown’s shouldn’t have even been in that position but they decided to Browns it up by being lazy on defense as if they already won the game.

    That being said Matt Rhule isn’t going to make it to the end of the season cause he is awful and his team is already in prime Rhule form.

  5. cs-lewis says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:56 pm
    Baker getting screwed by the refs.

    More like Baker being a bust…

  6. If the Panthers, at home in their opener (when teams are usually at their freshest) couldn’t win this game against arguably a not great Browns squad, it’s going to be a short leash for Matt Ruhle.

  7. Regardless if it was the correct call …it certainly is not a ‘gimmi’ a rookie kicker in their 1st NFL game ,will nail a 58 yard kick. Impressive.

  8. This wasn’t a missed call. They made a call, and it was the correct call. And, given time to think about it, they changed it to the wrong call.

    That is the worst kind of officiating.

  9. If this exact play had happened in the Super Bowl with 100 million pairs of eyeballs on it, what would the refs have called. Anyone with any integrity knows that it would be called intentional grounding. I could care less about either team in this game but refs made this one up. Refs improperly determine the outcome of too many games with rogue calls. With all the money involved in gambling these days, it’s only a matter of time until multi-million dollar lawsuits ensue.

  10. Lots of Browns fans, err, people who luv allegedly assaulting women on here today. : ) Clevelanders again showing they have zero integrity or class. : )

  11. The roughing the passer call and the int grounding call gave rhe browns 25 yards on that final drive and about 30 extra seconds

  12. Matt Rhule decided that his team, a team that doesn’t reach over the goal line, would kick a FG with 1:26 on the clock rather than play for a TD. The rougher the passer call was worse (hitting the QB’s hand as he throws is not roughing the passer), the fake spike was there but could be called either way. Rhule’s gutless call in the red zone to play for the FG instead of the win was what sunk the team.

  13. txdr says:
    September 11, 2022 at 6:58 pm
    Lots of Browns fans, err, people who luv allegedly assaulting women on here today. : ) Clevelanders again showing they have zero integrity or class. : )
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    Just so we understand…….you don’t like a game result, so you accuse an entire fan base of a felony on a public forum……look up the definition of slander and grow up.

  14. txdr says:
    September 11, 2022 at 6:58 pm
    Lots of Browns fans, err, people who luv allegedly assaulting women on here today. : ) Clevelanders again showing they have zero integrity or class. : )
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    What? Please explain yourself. This makes no sense.

  15. There were two bad calls that put the Browns in the position to win on the final drive. But reality is, it took the Panthers 3 quarters to remember how to play football, so you can’t say one or two missed calls cost the game. Their tackles were not ready to play against Garret and CLowney and they couldn’t stop the run.

    I didn’t take Rhule’s comments as whining, they asked him a question and he answered. He was told by the ref it was a fake spike and a penalty, they picked it up. How is that whining? What was he supposed to say?

  16. So what if it was a bad call. I’ve seen many worse calls going the other way. Cleveland finally gets a break from the officials. They owe us a few.

  17. That call in question is the least of the Panther’s worries. If they cannot stop the run it is going to be ruff to win a game the rest of the season.

  18. Ruhle is correct and his team was also bad enough to lose to the Jacoby Brissett led Browns, so get ready for the unemployment line Matt.

  19. Rhule may be 100% correct, but so what? Bad calls are made all the time. Calls that should be made are missed all the time. The Browns finally got one their way.

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