Referee Brad Allen and his officiating crew in Green Bay made up for that absence in spades on Sunday night. While officiating any sport is challenging, the final drive of the Packers’ 27-19 win over the Chiefs featured at least three egregious wrong calls that had the NFL world up in arms late on a Sunday night.
Once again NFL officials were at the centre of a controversial no-call at the business end of a game.
The Kansas City Chiefs trailed the Green Bay Packers by eight points on their final offensive drive on Sunday, but a blatant missed pass interference call ultimately cost them the game, 27-19.
Officials should have called pass interference on the Packers defender but for some reason failed to call throw the flag
After benefiting from an unnecessary roughness call, Kansas quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a pass to receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling deep down field.
However, the Chiefs’ wideout was clearly impeded by Packers defender Carrington Valentine, who was climbing all over the back of him.
It was as obvious a defensive pass interference as you’re ever likely to see, but officials failed to call a penalty.
Fans went mad on social media, with stars from other sports even weighing in on the incident.
New York Knicks guard Josh Hart was watching on like the rest of us and couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
He took to X, formerly Twitter, to share his frustration at the refs.
“Ref should be suspended for a couple of weeks,” he tweeted.
Despite the officiating being a major talking point in the game, afterwards, Mahomes took responsibility for his part in the loss.
Obviously, the guy was probably a little early, but at the end of the game, they’re letting guys play,” Mahomes said about the obvious pass interference on the Chiefs’ final drive. “I’m kind of about that. I rather you let the guys play and let the guys win on the field, but it’s hard.
“I can’t be wanting a flag. I have to try to go out there and win the game myself and with the rest of my teammates.”
NFL referee Brad Allen later explained the decision not to throw the flag after the game.
“As you may know, on every play where there may or may not be pass interference, either offensive or defensive, the covering official has to rule whether contact materially restricts the receiver,” Allen said.
“And in this case, the covering officials were in good position and ruled that there was no material restriction that rose to the level of defensive pass interference.
“I’m not aware that catchability was involved,” he added. “The covering official simply did not feel that there was the level of contact that rose to a material restriction for defensive pass interference.”
The blown call was particularly costly as had officials thrown the flag the Chiefs would have had a first down inside the red zone with a chance to tie the game.
It was one of many questionable officiating decisions on the night, which included a missed pass interference against Travis Kelce on a Hail Mary right at the death.