NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the officiating crew for the NFC title game -- along with both the Seahawks and 49ers -- were shipped videos this week of that Niners-Panthers first half. The footage was sent to show examples of what will and will not be tolerated in Seattle.
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, is asking officials to set the tone early and prevent the game from swinging out of control. That's a message the league's refs have heard all season long.
Officials also missed a blatant defensive hold on a Patrick Willis interception of Cam Newton. Adding to that, a pair of second-quarter head butts by 49ers offensive players went unflagged and a Drayton Florence pass interference call in the end zone led directly to a Vernon Davis touchdown before the half.
Let's hope for a game in Seattle on Sunday that has more to do with the players -- and less with the zebras.
NFL asks officials to set tone early for Niners-Seahawks
Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:26 PM
Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:34 PM
In other words, Seattle is screwed.
Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:43 PM
Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:51 PM
Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:55 PM
If this isn't corruption I don't know what is. I honestly don't know how much longer I can stay a football fan if the refs continue to play a bigger and bigger part of the outcome of the games. It killed basketball for me years ago, after the Lakers-Kings fiasco in 2002.
Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:05 PM
Why? If last week is an example of what will and will not be tolerated then fouls by SF will be tolerated and fouls by their opponent will not be.
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