The Philadelphia Eagles earned their first loss of the season on Monday night, but it didn’t come without controversy.
While the Washington Commanders put forth a solid effort, it is difficult to ignore the pivotal role referees played in the proceedings.
One sequence in particular stands above the others, and unless the refs were blinded by that one Eagles fan with a big butt, there’s really no excuse.
The video shows just how egregiously Philly got robbed here:
Refs missed possibly the most obvious facemask in a very long time. Costly for Phillypic.twitter.com/qKOd3tpnmO
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 15, 2022
The Eagles were down by two here and had just picked off Taylor Heinicke. They subsequently started at their own 7 and notched multiple first downs, bringing them to their own 31 where this monstrosity of a call occurred.
It was clear as day that Jamin Davis grabbed Dallas Goedert’s face mask, but the refs didn’t care and a facemask infraction is not reviewable.
Therefore, Washington got the ball off that “fumble.”
Understandably, fans were ticked off. Given the awfulness of the no-call and the stakes, responses poured in:
— JewPassan (@JewPassan) November 15, 2022
Common rigged trap game vegas wins again lmao
— Goob (@TrolledByEmbiid) November 15, 2022
Eagles vs refs
— Jefe (@HighaThanABlimp) November 15, 2022
Refs awful all game
— Williem DaFoeNem (@TruToneRob) November 15, 2022
the refs said https://t.co/gNJtojbIoi
— kyra (@kyramieczkowski) November 15, 2022
this reminds me of that one face mask against foles and his entire neck almost spun around and there was no flag. those goons cheated and everyone w a brain knows it https://t.co/AQPYOV7owG
— brianna coppola (@briacoppola) November 15, 2022
This is a player safety issue. @NFL fined CeeDee Lamb for his undershirt hanging below his jersey, AJ Brown for pointing his finger!
Yet there’s no professional accountability for allowing the players to be injured.
Pathetic. @NFLOfficiating @NFLPA @nflcommish https://t.co/PjN5mnBtOc
— Sadiddy (@luv_poet) November 15, 2022
Did the Eagles play sloppy in this one? Sure. You could argue that they deserved the L on the basis of that alone. But officiating matters. And it has gotten progressively worse in 2022.
It seems like on a weekly basis one team or another is getting screwed. It happened last week. And the week before that. And the week before that.
No wonder the Dolphins keep winning. https://t.co/b3wWrOzXRT
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 14, 2022
At some point, the powers that be need to step in and do something. Because all of this is seriously damaging the integrity of the game.
Will the NFL fix their refereeing problem before it’s too late?
Time will tell.
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