The refs have always been a storyline in the NFL. But this year, it feels like that has been greatly magnified.
Now, a lot of that added flak has come from the NFL’s efforts to crack down on taunting and other personal fouls in games. But there has also been a heavy dose of the game ol’ missed calls during games, as well.
At the end of the Seahawks-Rams game last night, Seattle was driving to try to tie the game down seven points late. On forth down, Russell Wilson attempted to float a pass in to running back Deejay Dallas, and it couldn’t have been more obvious that the defender got their early when breaking up the play.
However, no flag was thrown for pass interference.
You'll never see a more obvious pass interference than this.
No call. pic.twitter.com/ZlwzaJbZfg
— Computer Cowboy (@benbbaldwin) December 22, 2021
Fans swarmed social media to blast the refs over the missed pass interference call.
The refs didn’t call PI here 🧐 pic.twitter.com/RR9C3yq4X6
— PFF (@PFF) December 22, 2021
We never get called for PI 😂 I don’t get it
— 🏆 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐅𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐃 🏆 (@Staffords_House) December 22, 2021
I hate the Seahawks but this was PI. pic.twitter.com/9Ys0TCZiMD
— Big Golden Nuggets (@BGN_49) December 22, 2021
The Rams with an obvious PI not called? Weird… pic.twitter.com/3ZcY4cSzVh
— trey wingo (@wingoz) December 22, 2021
I’m sorry but the deep officiating in the Seattle Rams game has been horrendous. Big game changing calls on holding and pass interference that have not even been close to being right. Hard to imagine officials being that far off.
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 22, 2021
Refs when it’s time to call pass interference on the Rams in crucial situations pic.twitter.com/hf7rYVdb4T
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) December 22, 2021
After the missed pass interference call, the Rams would hang on to defeat the Seahawks on Tuesday night.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll took the high road when asked about the non-call after the game.
“Those guys make these calls when they make them. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t,” Carroll said, via Pro Football Talk. “It happened quickly and it didn’t look very good on the little replay that somebody showed me. I’m not belly-aching about that call. We needed to win the game in all the other ways we could win the game.”
With the loss, Seattle will now finish the season with a losing record for the first time since Russell Wilson joined the team.
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