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Jan 27 2007

Very bad Call = Patriots possibly lose Superbowl spot

Ellis Hobbs

In a moment of uncertainty, the officials during the AFC Championship game called a pass interference penalty on Patriots Corner back, Ellis Hobbs. It gave the Colts the ball on the 1 yard line in which the got the touchdown. However, it is unclear whether the Colts would have scored any way, but that is not the point. The point is that the Patriots were not given the chance to stop the Colts offense and prevent them from scoring. If they stopped the touchdown, the Colts would have gone for the field goal. Now, if they got the field goal, the score would have been tied 34-34 and Tom Brady would have either played it differently and won the game or the game would have gone into overtime.

The following is from the news release on the situation:

In a recent posting by Vic Ketchman, Jaguars.com senior editor, Ketchman responded to a fan‚??s posting about the play, writing, ‚??You are absolutely correct. Face-guarding was discontinued several years ago and I completely missed it.‚?Ě

Apparently, Ketchman had already responded to questions about the play, attributing the call to face-guarding just like Simms and countless fans across the nation who tuned in to watch the most viewed AFC Championship game in over 20 years.
There is no NFL rule against face-guarding.

‚??I talked to Dean Blandino in the league office and he confirmed what you‚??re saying,‚?Ě wrote Ketchman. ‚??Ellis Hobbs should not have been flagged for pass-interference. He didn‚??t make contact with the receiver and in no way did Hobbs impede Reggie Wayne‚??s ability to catch the pass. Blandino confirmed that the incorrect call was made. ‚?¶ Referee Bill Carollo made no reference to face-guarding in his explanation, but CBS analyst Phil Simms did. Apparently, he, too, doesn‚??t know the rule no longer exists. The next time you hear a TV analyst say, ‚??he wasn‚??t playing the ball,‚?? think of the Hobbs play, then turn down the sound.‚?Ě

The Patriots may have been screwed out of a super bowl spot, but there is always next year. It will be hard waiting till August/September to see the Patriots play again.

afc, championship, colts, ellis hobbs, football, new england, patriots, super bowl

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Timothy Haroutunian

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1 comment

  1. jon barr

    It was obvious throughout the game the TV analysts were anti-patriots. The officiating was terrible. Three missed calls, hand slap to manning face, patriot receiver tackeld in the end zone, and the face guarding. The hand slap was not shown by any replay because there was no foul, the tackle in the end zone was so obvious even the announcer said he got away with it even with the official in that corner, how many times did they show that on the replay maybe twice, then the infamous face guarding give me a break how many times did they replay that one ! The officials had another agenda other than the red, white and blue, save face for manning. It was to obvious. Hope you like it manning because its the last one you’ll wear you pussy.

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