In what was arguably the most exciting game in the history of Monday Night Football, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in a shootout by a final score of 54-51.
This game had everything you could have wanted as a football fan. The offenses were surging, the defenses were making big plays, and all the stars came to play. It’s only natural that the one downside of this game was the officiating, which was dreadful.
NFL pulled five members of referee Clete Blakeman’s crew and replaced them with high-performing officials from other crews for Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams game, which is very unusual, if not unprecedented, per @SeifertESPN. Usually this is how the NFL staffs playoff games.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2018
The NFL would dub this the “All-Star” crew, and people were curious to see how they would fare in the biggest game of the season. Many, myself included, thought they would perform exceptionally, considering their track records. I was wrong.
The “All-Star” crew was anything but last night. This may have been the worst officiated game I have ever seen in my life. Soft calls were made. Obvious calls were ignored. After last night, the NFL should be embarrassed. In fact, if these officials truly were the best of the best, we are screwed.
There were 21 penalties called last night (13 against KC, 8 against LA). As a Chiefs fan, I refuse to blame the outcome of this game on the officiating. Kansas City deserved to lose this game with the way they played. With that being said, this abysmal officiating cannot go unnoticed.
A soft pass interference call on Orlando Scandrick was followed by this “unnecessary roughness” a few plays later. I’m still trying to figure out what was unnecessary or rough about it.
Somehow the refs didn’t throw a flag on THIS? Classic Ndamukong Suh. pic.twitter.com/9t8tXO0nsv
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 20, 2018
Ndamukong Suh has a reputation for being a dirty player, but to be fair here, he was probably going for the football. That being said, players are not allowed to make contact with the quarterback’s head or contact with them while they’re sliding.
Jared Goff with the rushing TD and the sweet finger roll!pic.twitter.com/jhHDA3v4rz
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 20, 2018
This entire sequence was mind-boggling. The right tackle committed to obvious penalties and neither were called, leading to a Rams touchdown. I can understand that holding is not called 90% of the time, but how does an “All-Star” crew miss a blatant false start like that?
— Fanatics View (@fanaticsview) November 20, 2018
For three seasons, Tyreek Hill has thrown up the peace sign whenever he scores a big touchdown. Last night, for the first time ever, he was flagged for doing it. Pathetic.
This was a penalty on Troy Hill for lowering his helmet to initiate contact. pic.twitter.com/0EXWO4i0oL
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) November 20, 2018
Even the Rams got screwed on a few calls, even though this one, in particular, helped them out. The helmet contact was completely unintentional and had no business being flagged.
If this kind of performance happens in the playoffs, people will riot. Figure it out, NFL.
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