In what has become an all too common theme this football season, referees during the Ravens-Jags game on Sunday fucked up royally at the end of the game, costing Baltimore a victory.
For those keeping score at home, NFL refs are pretty much OWNING the 32 teams in the league, coming out on top in their efforts to forget the rules and make the wrong calls, seemingly, every weekend.
In the aforementioned game on Sunday, the Jags kicked the game-winning field goal with no time on the clock, giving them the win. But it should have never happened, as the preceding play was a botched call by refs when they flagged Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil for pulling on the facemask of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, yet, didn’t call the Jacksonville for a penalty for not being set on the same play, meaning Jax should have been flagged for a false start, and the game should have been over and the Baltimore should have gotten the victory.
Here’s what NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a release, per the Twitter account of Ravens beat writer for the Baltimore Sun, Jeff Zrebiec:
According to NFL spokesman Michael Signora, the officials erred on that final play, which should have not happened and Ravens would have won — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) November 16, 2015
Said Signora: “The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) November 16, 2015
cont’d: “and whistle to stop the play. The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game.” — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) November 16, 2015
Sure, both the Ravens and Jags suck horse dong this year—combining for a 5-13 record—but this trend of bad calls by NFL refs is an epidemic that needs to stop before it affects games that could cost a team its season.