1. The clock not moving on the Mccourty kickoff return for a few seconds. Yes, we didnt know he would fumble. But that makes it MORE egregious. Operator doesnt start the clock right away so the Pats have an extra play before the 2:00 warning.
2. No flag for unsportsmanlike on the Cromartie forced fumble at the 1. Bellichick threw the challenge flag on a automatically reviewable play. Refsa have called that in other games this year.
3. The most egregious in my opinion, the Wilson PI call in OT. Referree standing right over the play no call, but another ref, no exagerration, 25.5 (76.5 feet) yards away makes the call. Has that even ever hapenned before? Same play a few plays later and ref didnt call it again.
I said it when it happened. It's a clear personal foul. Of course, because it's Sanchez you can hit him in the face, knees, spear him in the back, doesn't matter. He NEVER EVER EVER gets that call.
I just looked for clarification of the rule and there are some 2009 articles that explain it...(BTW ,I'm still not totally clear)
It seems to emphasize a lunge from the ground that's not part of the crawl or normal tackle...(confusing still)
http://www.aolnews.com/2009/08/06/nf...clarification/omplaints aside, the clarification is on the books for the 2009 season (and beyond, no doubt), which means that we can expect a flurry of flags anytime a defender gets close to a quarterback's knees. NFL official Terry McAulay explained the nuances of the clarification during a recent visit to Patriots' training camp:
"We're looking for forcible contact, basically forearm, shoulder, or helmet right into his knee or below,'' McAulay told the Boston Globe. "A normal tackle is rarely a roughing-the-passer foul; it's that dangerous hit, right at the knee when he lunges, that we're looking at. Obviously, a player thrown into the quarterback or something like that would not be a foul. But that lunge, that forcible contact, anything at the knee or below, we're going to be pretty tight on.''
If you're going to go by the quote, I don't think the Brady rule was broken. He grabbed him around the ankle but the above quote seems to indicate that intent might be involved.
A minor- nit picking- correction. It's not "the Brady rule".
The rule was put in after a Steeler player took out Carson Palmer's knee 2 years before. You would think that someone in the media, who comes off smarter than everyone else, would know that.
Trust me, I was also too upset when they first showed the replay during the game but I noticed they did show that shot when I watched on my DVR.
The nfl is covering up poor officiating and I for one am done with it. I will email the nfl and encouraging all fans to do so till it is corrected.
I will not purchase the ticket or another piece of nfl merchandise if other poeple do the same it hits them where it hurts.
They owe the fans a good product and they can not deleiver that product then why buy it
Let me interject with an intelligent and non biased opinion.....Bradys Ghey!!....as well as that little twerp Welker!