Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Originally Posted by phan52
I agree with you that the infraction had zero effect on the kicker. But a rule is a rule. And from one of the camera angles, it was clear that one of the refs was standing right behind the part of the formation with the seven players. He's gotta call that regardless. I shed no tears for the stinkin' Steelers and they really have nobody else to blame but themselves for their plight because of their awful start, but they got screwed.
But if you believe that, then the extension of that view is that the chargers got screwed in game 1, (per the story in my link a few posts back) hence the steelers really didn't get screwed because they would have already been eliminated.
Yes, this call was missed, but so were several others that also impacted games, but since this one happened at the end of the last game of the season, it's the only one people want to remember.
There is a big difference, even though you don't seem to want to admit it. This is your earlier comment:
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.
Pass interference is either missed or it's called when it didn't actually happen on a regular basis because it is so often a judgement call. It's dependent on the viewing angle of the official. I've seen at least seen a half dozen facemask fouls this season which were not called (and at least one that was penalized, but didn't actually happen), yet looked quite obvious on screen. When the action is occurring, everything happens so fast that if the official happens to blink at the wrong time, he'll miss it. Those calls are going to be a problem for as long as they depend primarily on the officials on the field for regulating the game. I believe that the game really has gotten too fast for real time referees on action calls.
In the blown call with the Chiefs, that simply isn't the case. It is nothing more than a matter of counting, one of the most basic parts of the official's job, and during a time when the players are all static. An NFL official should be able to recognize an illegal formation just by looking at it. An official who can't count to 7 shouldn't even be on the field - certainly not at such a critical juncture in the game and the season.
Receivers push off a lot and get away with it. Most of those big strong receivers that the sports media loves to gush about get the window of separation by pushing off from the usually much smaller DB. Because of the size difference, it's not usually obvious unless the DB goes to the ground, and even then they probably won't call it. It has to be blatant and obvious for them to call offensive PI, and it's usually on a pick play. Trying to make a point by using that just isn't going to wash.