For all of the whining I did about the officiating during last week’s game, I missed this. And it could have been crucial. Adrian Peterson removed his helmet after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game. So the Vikings should have kicked from the 15 yards line. The guys at PFT are all over it, here. They write: “Bottom line? Minnesota’s 28-27 win carries almost as much tarnish as Denver’s Week Two win over San Diego.”
Hard to disagree. It’s a silly hypothetical, but If the Packers had run the exact same plays with the exact same results, Mason Crosby would have been kicking a 37-yarder.
On a related note, NFL director of officiating, Mike Periera, reviewed the play on NFL Network. He does this segment every week. Ostensibly, he reviews the plays and tells viewers whether the officials made the wrong or right calls. (You won’t be surprised to learn that they’re almost always right.) So you also won’t be surprised to learn that he thinks Al Riveron made the right call on Aaron Rodgers’ “illegal forward pass.” Says Pereira: “So, it is intentional grounding. The mistake was, we should have called it that in the first place and not say illegal forward pass even though he clearly did mean to say intentional grounding. Kind of an interesting play because it’s not your natural throwing motion, so the standards are higher.”
How does Pereira know that Riveron “clearly did mean to say intention grounding?” He doesn’t tell us. Read Tom Silverstein’s entire post to further erode your confidence in NFL officiating.