What the NFL did Wrong

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What the NFL did Wrong

Sam Brummett, Staff Writer

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The playoffs leading up to the Superbowl are one of the most televised events in America. Last year, many of the fans were angry with the referees and their decisions in the games ́ final minutes. The last four teams in the playoffs were the Patriots versus the Chiefs and the Rams versus the Saints. In the AFC championship game, there were a few calls that determined the fate of the game and are still up for debate, the Edelman catch, Tyreek Hill catch, the roughing the passer call on Tom Brady, and the offsides call on Dee Ford. The call that got the most attention was the offsides call on Dee Ford. The game was coming down to its final minutes. The Chiefs were winning and needed to score to secure a spot in the Superbowl. The ball was snapped and Brady threw an interception. The Chiefs ran the ball back and scored. The game was over and the Chiefs were going to the Superbowl for the first time since 1970. However, millions of Chiefs fans and anti-patriots watching around the world were unaware that Dee Ford had his hand over the line when the ball was snapped. A flag was thrown and an offsides call was made. The call had no effect on the play. However, it significantly impacted arguably the most significant game of the year. However, the Chiefs still had a shot at the superbowl. Mahomes tied the game with less than two minutes left on the clock. The game went into overtime. The referees decided to play it as sudden death. The referees decided two teams, who have scored almost every time they had possession, should play sudden death when a coin toss dictates who gets the ball first. Of course, Tom Brady won the coin toss and won in overtime. Fans were outraged. An entire season of work and the team that goes to the Superbowl is determined by a coin toss. 

Ironically, the ending to the NFC championship game was almost identical. One of the referees was standing on the left sideline, less than ten feet from where the ball was thrown and missed a pass interference call. Your probably thinking, well that happens, it could have been very subtle. Nope, one of the Ram’s cornerbacks nearly tackled the other player before the ball was within reach. The closest referee saw this and did nothing. The game was tied and went into overtime. The Rams won the coin toss, got within field goal range and scored three points to go to the superbowl.  Another season ending game determined by a bad call and a coin toss. Which brings me to my question. Should not every call in the last two minutes of the game be reviewed? Should the season end with the teams who win the coin toss? Should overtime be sudden death?

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