Re: Bad Call on Safety?
posted at 2/10/2012 12:38 PM EST
In Response to Re: Bad Call on Safety?
[QUOTE]In Response to Bad Call on Safety? : Though I was surprised they called it-thought it was nothing at first-it is the correct call. First off, Brady knew Tuck was coming and Tuck leveled himsoon as he threw the ball. So it was obvious he was throwing it to avoid the sack in the end zone safety. second, it's not the refs job to know the routes the Pats receivers are running-how could they?-it's their job to see iit's intentional grounding or not. Since there wasn't a Patriot within 20 yards of the throw-I dont even think a Giant was any closer-it has to be called intentional grounding in the end zone ie: safety.
Posted by JintsFan[/QUOTE]
You know, I think Brady's intent may have been to just throw it away. He even said as much on the sidelines. I just don't think the refs were in a position to make that call.
Like you said, the refs don't know what the Patriots receivers' routes are, so how do they know that there wasn't a miscommunication between QB and receiver? If they don't know, then they shouldn't have made the call.
What really bothered me though was not that it wasn't intentional grounding. I will admit that it looked very much like Brady was throwing it away to avoid pressure. It's just that kind of play is NEVER called. More than that, the refs took forever to make the call, which means they got together, discussed it, and made the decision to call the never-before-called penalty during the Super Bowl.
Maybe if it were in a regular season game, I wouldn't have too much of a problem with the call, but I am very annoyed when a Super Bowl game is decided by a questionable call. I'll give you that the holding call on Wilfork was questionable too, I wasn't a fan of that either. It's the biggest game, refs, and fans came to see the players, not you. Put your flags away and let them play.