NFL Acknowledges 16 Blown Calls Screwed the Jaguars in Week 1 Loss to Packers (GIFs)
Jacksonville Jaguars officials held an internal meeting earlier this week to discuss what they believed was an excessive number of missed calls during their Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers. After that meeting, they passed their complaints on to the NFL’s competition committee.
The competition committee usually caps the number of complaints a team can file at 10 per game. However, the Jags submitted “significantly more” than that. And now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has actually acknowledged that 16 blown calls went against the Jaguars.
The most significant of the 16 blown calls that the league recognized as going against the Jags was a missed defensive holding by Green Bay’s Micah Hyde on Jacksonville receiver Rashad Green. The infraction occurred on a 3rd and 1 on the Green Bay 14-yard line with 27 seconds left in the game.
Had holding been called, Jacksonville would have had a 1st and goal from the Green Bay nine yard-line. They thus would have had at least three more chances to win the game. Instead, Jacksonville failed to convert on a 4th and 1 and wound up losing the game 27-23.
There were other obvious penalties the referees missed, though, such as this blatant pass interference by the Packers’ Damarious Randall on the Jags’ Allen Robinson:
Ideally, given the extreme level of incompetence demonstrated by the officials in this game, you would like to see the NFL take some sort of action, such as suspending the entire crew for a week or two.
That wouldn’t fix things for the Jaguars, who are stuck with the L no matter what. But it would show that the league is serious about not letting bad officiating ruin games.