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The blown late-hit enforcement in the Packers-Niners game

Many of you are already talking about this play that occurred in the Packers-Niners game a little while ago.

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The staff at FootballZebras have a nice recap of what happened. In part:

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was flagged for a late hit on Kaepernick well after Kaepernick had stepped out of bounds. The two teams engaged in a small scuffle afterward, when the 49ers were hit with unnecessary roughness foul.

Because the Matthews foul was two steps after the ball was dead, the fouls were on the dead-ball side of the ledger, and the proper call is to offset the two fouls and the down counts. That would have given the 49ers a fourth down and a likely field goal situation.

Instead, Bill Leavy and the crew offset and replayed the down. The 49ers took another shot for the end zone, and they scored.

While I don’t agree that it necessarily “cost Green Bay the game”, as some are saying, it certainly didn’t help.  The Niners still might have gone on to win, but you never know.  Clay Matthews also had that soccer-esque fake dive to try and draw a penalty late the game, which fortunately the refs didn’t believe.  My opinion of him certainly dropped today.

That said, this is a bad way for the refs to start the season.  A blown call or bad judgement is one thing, but this is simply a misinterpretation of the rules that was clearly wrong and had a dramatic impact on the game.  Not good…

Check out the FootballZebras post for a bit more info about it.

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Bill Leavy apologizes for mistakes in 2006 Super Bowl

A few years too late, Bill Leavy has apologized for mistakes he made in the 2006 Super Bowl though he hasn’t said exactly which calls he is referring to.

There are a handful of calls that are in dispute, but none that were outlandishly bad as we’ve seen in a variety of games in recent years.  Here’s a good clip that covers most of them from Super Bowl XL:

What do you think?  Which calls is he referring to?

NFL Week 17: Referee Assignments

We’ve got Pete Morelli in Cleveland, Bill Leavy in Miami, and Ed Hochuli in Seattle. What else can you find? Please try and post the link to where you found out or that you know someone on the crew that you got the info from so we can be accurate this week.

Happy New Year! Have a Safe, Fun, and Healthy Holiday!

NFL: Week 12 referee assignments

We’ve got all 3 Turkey Day games posted, Bill Leavy in Detroit, Carl Cheffers in Dallas, and Tony Corrente in Denver, along with a few for the weekend, Scott Green in St Louis, Al Riveron in Houston, and Pete Morelli for the big Monday Night Game in New Orleans.

Here’s the full list in progress.

Let us know what else you find.

Hall of Fame game officials

Well, after a long off season it’s finally time for football again.

Here are the officials for Saturday’s Hall of Fame game between the Bills and Titans:

Referee — Bill Leavy
Umpire — Garth DeFelica
Head Linesman — Phil McKinnely
Line Judge — Ron Marinucci
Field Judge — Buddy Horton
Side Judge — Larry Rose
Back Judge — Bob Waggoner