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About Those Calls

I’ve noticed a lot of fans posting comments (here and elsewhere) about the Vikings getting “robbed” by the refs on this game.  I have to admit that I think the Steelers won this game for the Steelers, not the refs.  I find myself falling a little less on the side of feeling “screwed” by the two big calls that everyone is upset about.

Not saying i am right, just giving the refs the benefit of the doubt.  Lets discuss the two calls.

First, everyone was upset about Dugan’s tripping call.  I can’t find a YouTube video to embed here, so you’ll have to click here to see the play (at the 2:20 mark).  Look, I think this call could have gone either way, but do not think this call was completely inappropriate.  Dugan starts out with a normal low block, but then he flips on his back and extends his leg.  As a result, the defensive end was tripped by Dugan’s leg.  Much like on pass interference or roughing the passer, the refs cannot pass judgement on intent, but rather the facts of what happened.  This call is easily defended by the NFL tomorrow morning.

Second, the Vikings had a supposedly “phantom” defensive delay of game called on them at a crucial moment.  The call left fans, and even the announcers, a little baffled after seeing that no player had really moved or twitched in an effort to draw a false start.  However, I seem to recall the Vikings getting this called on them once earlier in the season when one of our defensive linemen was trying to cause a false start by calling out a false cadence.  I suspect that when/if the league issues an explanation of this call, that the explanation of the call is going to be along those lines.  Unfortunately, the refs nor the announcers did a good job of explaining the infraction, and thus led Vikings fans to again feel wronged.

In the end, both these calls are indeed in a gray area and are open to debate.  I encourage you to do so in the comments section, and let me know if you hear any explanations from other sources.

I will be curious to see what the NFL issues, if anything, in regards to these two calls.

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One Response to “About Those Calls”

  1. Kurmudge says:

    I agree that the Vikings lost the game- because there were many instnaces where all they needed was for one guy to make a play. In every case, the Vikings failed, in every case, the Steelers had someone do what was necessary. There was more to the loss than a couple of penalties.

    But there was no way that Dugan tripped on that play. Nada. That was a phantom call. The ref blew it, but they balance out in the long run, so everyone needs to shut up aand think about Green Bay. Look forward, not back.

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