I didn’t watch much of the Super Bowl but I did see the last 5 minutes (and Beyonce at half time ) and what some/many consider to be a blown pass interference call in the end zone against the Ravens. I didn’t care who won but I thought the 49ers got robbed for a chance at a possible go-ahead TD in the last 2 minutes.
One of the on-air announcers tried to dismiss the play as a good non-call and contact with a receiver is allowed within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. He also tried to use the asinine justification that you don’t make the call at that point in the game anyway.
The other announcer rightly pointed out the line of scrimmage was the 5 yard line and the contact (and clutching and grabbing) continued 2 yards into the end zone.
Plus it drives me nuts to justify a different criteria for following the rules dependent on the importance or consequences of making a call at that time (whether it be football, hockey, basketball… whatever).
If it’s a penalty and called in the first 5 minutes of a contest, it should be a penalty (and called ) in the last 5 minutes, or in over time, etc.
Part of what bothers me about many NHL games… different rules for different times and circumstances in a game.
Bottom line… the highly touted NFL officials can also screw up and influence the outcome of a game.
*** Another obvious penalty not called was during the subsequent Ravens punt. One of the 49ers trying to reach the punter (who was wasting time running around the end zone) was blatantly being held around the waist buy a Ravens blocker. Easy to see in the open field, it looked like a poster image for the Heimlich Maneuver. That call would have had little effect on the outcome but it should have been seen and made anyway.