xThor, on 05 February 2013 - 03:09 AM, said:
On the last play for SF:
Mike Pereira confirmed earlier that it was the correct call not to call a penalty. He's the former head of NFL referees.
It simply cannot be holding, as the ball was in the air at the time. By Rule, the ONLY penalty that could have been called is pass interference. He went on to say he didn't see any contact that impeded the 49er receiver, and the ball was likely uncatchable. Therefore, no penalty.
So to those asking why holding penalty was not called: because they cannot call a holding penalty when the ball has been thrown.
I hope that clears it up.
I think a lot of the stink being made about the officiating was not just that particular play itself (which personally I could go either way on it). I think the fuss being made stems more from the big picture. Baltimore was only flagged for 2 penalties all game, only one of which was on defense. They had zero holding calls and zero pass interference calls (probably the 2 most commonly called penalties). How many games this year did a team have zero holding calls and zero pass interference calls? My guess would be not many, if any.
I think if Baltimore had been flagged 5 or 6 times during the game than the general consensus would be "well they got away with some stuff but they also got flagged for some stuff." But that wasn't the case. In actuality they got away with some stuff but weren't really flagged for anything. And I think that's where the heat is coming from. SF was waiting all game long to get a call and it just never came. When it didn't come at the end, it boiled over.
I understand the thing about "letting them play" (to an extent anyway; can't just change the rules for the most important game of the year). But on Baltimore's last possession they were faced with a third down and threw incomplete. They would've had to punt but Chris Culliver was called for pass interference. Automatic first down, drive stays alive and they go down to kick a field goal which turned out to be the deciding points. They decided not to "let them play" in that situation. But the fact that they decided to throw a flag in such a crucial situation when Baltimore had the ball makes me feel like they should've done the same when SF had the ball. Letting them play is all fine and dandy but if they pull the flag on Cullivers they needed to do the same at the end. There were 3 consecutive plays on that goal line stand where there were no-calls in Baltimore's favor (the pass interference on 2nd and 4th downs and the helmet hit on 3rd down). So one defensive penalty all game and three straight plays with defensive no-calls. I can understand the bitterness.
Baltimore even got away with shoving a ref, something that would have been an automatic ejection in any other game. If the refs don't even throw a flag for shoving them than I guess we shouldn't expect them to throw a flag for a holding or pass interference.
Letting them play is fine, but if you're letting them play than one team shouldn't end up with 2 and 1/2 times as many penalties as the other. In a game decided by just 3 points, that can make all the difference. So I think that's what led to all the fuss. If Baltimore had been given their share of penalties throughout the game but got away with what they got away with at the end, I don't think we'd be hearing quite as much noise about it (still some, yes, but I think there would be more of an understanding about those no-calls.) But Baltimore essentially went the whole game being no-called and it built up as the game went on. By the last possession, SF was thinking they were due to finally get a call and they still didn't. I don't think they wanted a pass interference on that play. I think they wanted at least just one to be called at some point in the game, especially considering they called one on SF during a critical point.
As I've said in my other posts, I'm not a niners fan and wasn't rooting for either team. You can certainly disagree with me but just don't paint me as a whiny niners fan. Just an objective viewer who feels like the officiating wasn't up to super bowl standards, that's all. I won't take anything away from Baltimore. It was an amazing playoff run and they deserve it. I doubt it will be Flacco's last super bowl. He's a gamer. As impressive as the niners were this year, I think it just wasn't their time yet. Probably still a year or two away from getting it done. Congrats to the Ravens and whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying what Ray Lewis brought to the field every week for 15 years (or however long it was).
Just one armchair quarterback's opinion.
Edited by fairways4life, 05 February 2013 - 09:51 AM.