Originally Posted by iacas
Wow. I'd stopped really caring about the NFL this year (and gradually my interest continues to decline), but wowee:
Nah, not really. Before I explain ... I recognize that my opinion is probably worth a little less on this because of my Chargers bias, but I promise you that I feel this way no matter which way it goes.
Missed calls like that at the end of the game bother me very little because I recognize that there are missed calls all throughout the game (any game) that could have mattered just as much (there's no way of knowing). Further, there are calls all season that could potentially end up meaning just as much. One example: The Chargers lost to the Titans early in the season on a touchdown on, basically, the last play of the game. The Titans receiver pushed off and should have been called for interference but wasn't. Had they made that call, we wouldn't even be talking about this.
Now, on the other hand, had KC missed that field goal because it was blocked, because the Chargers set up with too many men on that side of the field, then it's a whole different story. But a missed illegal procedure penalty, where the "procedure" that was illegal had no bearing on the play? Meh. No big whoop to me. Another example (this one theoretical): Team has the ball at the one yard line and is down by 4 with 2 seconds left. They split one receiver out to the left and end up running a QB sneak that gets stopped and they lose. Replays show that the CB that was covering the one receiver was lined up 6" into the neutral zone. They could certainly call that, and technically should, but I'd have no problem whatsoever with them ignoring it (I think the way they handle this stuff in soccer is perfect**) because it has no bearing on the play.
**In soccer, they would wait and only call something if it turned out that the offending player was involved in the play. So run up the middle, or pass to the other side of the field and they'd let it go. Pass this way and they'd call it. I wish they'd apply that logic to things like punt returns too. An illegal block 20 yards behind the play need not be called (because so many of them are questionable anyway). I've also recently seen them call holding on the return team during a fair catch. That is pretty silly too.
Anyways, that's my "unbiased" view.
(I'm with you on the fake punt though. I don't necessarily agree with Periera that they definitely didn't make the first down - because I've still not seen a good replay - but that was a ridiculous oversight not to at least take a look at it)
Originally Posted by iacas
In other news, that pass was definitely a backwards pass, but it's too late now to review it.
One thing I've learned from playing fantasy football is that they review stats after the fact all of the time. It's usually in regards to whether or not it was a sack or tackle for no gain. Or, which player(s) should get credit for the sack or tackle. Also, things like this. Look at it this way: What if the receiver was an RB and he was 7 yards short of a rushing record. Wouldn't we want them to fix this for him?
Now, that said, I only agree with this if it was part of their normal review process. (I confess to not reading the story ) If it was some sort of Wade Phillipsian witch hunt, then its crap. But, in general, I think reviewing games and adjusting stats is not at all abnormal.