I’m not going to sit here and blame the refs for the Eagles loss yesterday, they had it in the bag and let it slip away, but I’m also not, not going to blame the refs for taking control of the game and ensuring the Eagles never fully got momentum on their side.
Listen, when there’s 75% of the public on the Eagles -3, the refs are going to watch everything the Eagles do extra carefully and there were prime examples all over the field yesterday of this. Whether it was no calls or penalties that could have gone either way, there’s a reason why one of the least penalized teams in the league had 14 penalties called against them and why one of the heaviest penalized teams only had 3.
Let’s get into it:
That right there is a blatant hold that led to a huge gain for the Lions and eventually a touchdown to immediately take momentum away from the Eagles. Had Curry not been held there he either stops that play or slows it down.
This was on the final drive of the first half when it was already 21-7. The play resulted in an incompletion but still the Eagles were on the 50 with a chance to get 7 before the half and a 15 yard penalty sets them way back and doesn’t allow them much of a chance at a touchdown.
Isn’t it super convenient that the Eagles complete a pass on 3rd and 26 to get themselves into field goal range only to have it taken away on a late flag that I’m damn near sure didn’t have to be thrown? Had the Eagles not completed a huge pass to Ertz on the next play they would have entered the half down 21-7 instead of 21-10. The refs had full control and made the Eagles chances of getting that field goal nightmarish. Convenient.
Hands were clearly off after the 5 yards and Carroll gets his hand in there to break up the pass. Even if you think he’s holding, which I don’t, that’s a call that can easily go either way. Also, interesting timing on this play. This was the first play after the Eagles marched down the field to cut the score to 21-17. The defense came out onto the field fired up, Carroll makes the right play but they get penalized for it. It sort of takes the wind out of your sails a bit as a defense. Luckily for the Eagles, Stafford fumbled later that drive but all the signs were there.
They call an illegal formation on Lane Johnson on this play…. how? WHERE? Also, did you notice just how quickly that flag came flying out as the Eagles were ready to march down the field and take the lead? Yea, the refs took control right back. Once again, the Eagles had all of the momentum and after another huge defensive stop were poised to take the lead, but hey why not take the wind out of their sails and immediately kill their progress, right? Luckily, a key Lions missed tackle on DGB allowed for the Eagles to get a manageable third down that they converted.
You’re going to call the one on Ertz and not call that with Whitehead’s hands all over Agholor? Of course not. I would be fine with letting that go, but if that was an Eagle defender I guaran-freakin’-tee you they call that.
Come on. If the linebacker doesn’t throw his arms up that’s a no call. Brooks barely grabs him and instead of trying to make a play on the ball Whitehead throws his hands in the air for the refs to see. At worst, that’s a no call. Also note the situation, that’s a huge play that gives the Eagles only 10 yards for a touchdown and the cover. Of course they’re going to call that back. It was a touch penalty that shouldn’t have been called.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 10, 2016
Tough to overturn and the Eagles shouldn’t have even been in this position, but that ball hits Kelce while Kelce is out of bounds, simple as that.
Do you agree that Nelson Agholor was held in the final play of the game? Here is the video proof. pic.twitter.com/xSdMyRTOeE
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) October 10, 2016
It’s a photo not a video but hey, who’s counting? I don’t know if this is pass interference, but I do know that it was close enough to throw the flag. You could easily make the case that Slay held down Agholor’s arm so that Agholor couldn’t make a play on the ball thus pass interference could have been called. But with how that afternoon was going, no way the Eagles were going to get that call.
Sigh, onto the Redskins.