Did the Ravens take advantage of a late game appeal blown by officials?


Seconds before Justin Tucker broke into the NFL record books and sent the Baltimore Ravens home happy with a 19-17 victory Sunday over the Lions in Detroit, controversy erupted.

Only a record 66-yard field goal by “the GOAT” could erase the idea that the game maybe shouldn’t have happened at all.

After Sammy Watkins caught 36 yards for fourth and 19 for placing Baltimore 48th in the Lions and Lamar Jackson spiked the ball to stop the clock, Jackson took another snap with seven seconds left to try to get the ball rolling. pick up a few more. meters to get into (what was) Tucker’s range. But as the players left the group and finally got into position, there were only three seconds left on the game clock. Then two, then one, then none. Then another second passed. Then maybe another before Jackson finally gets the shotgun blast and throws the ball out of bounds.

Watching the game on CBS, announcers Greg Gumbel and Adam Archuleta audibly counted the playing time and wondered if the referees had missed a game delay which would have been a 5 yard penalty and would have pushed the Tucker’s attempt, potentially, at 71 yards.

On the CBS post-game show, former NFL referee Gene Steratore insisted the back judge should have called it a game delay.

“In this case, the back judge will look at the game clock and return his eyes from the game clock to the ball. When he sees zero on the game clock, he will move his head directly towards the soccer ball. This snap has to happen right then, ”he said. “So, is there an extra second built in?” Yes there is just because of the human element of the game clock stopping for sure. I feel like it’s a bit longer than your normal progression from zero on the meter.

CBS analyst Boomer Esiason agreed.

“You can clearly see it’s longer than the one-second lull that the coaches tell you about. To me it looks like the flag should have been thrown, it should have been a game delay, it should have been 5 yards against the Baltimore Ravens and so they should have performed another offensive play – or the game would have been finished, “he said.

According to MLive.com, Baltimore was given about 1.77 seconds of extra time to pick up the ball after the TV show’s game clock expired.

Referee Scott Novak, whose team worked for Sunday’s game at Ford Field, told the pool reporter after the game that he was unsure whether the game clock and the game clock from the TV show was synchronized or not.

“But as far as our mechanics go, the back judge looks at the game clock and if it hits zero he sees zero, and then he looks to see if the ball is broken,” Novak said. “If the ball is broken, we’ll let the game go. If things don’t move, it’s game delay. These are the mechanics that we apply to this game. “

For Ravens coach John Harbaugh, the non-appeal was obvious because “there is always leeway on this subject.”

“It won’t be a delay of the game because of the way they operate,” he said. “… It happens all the time when we’re on defense. There is a mechanic that the officials go through. They watch to see if the ball is up, then they go to the clock. So it’s not like they’re looking at the clock and can’t see both things at the same time. They have a way of doing it, and the mechanic wouldn’t have made it a game delay. “

Lions coach Dan Campbell chose his words carefully after their third straight loss to start the season, but made no secret of his feelings about it.

“Tomorrow you will get an apology and it doesn’t matter,” he said.

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