The Atlanta Falcons defeated the New York Jets 27-20 on Sunday morning.
Unfortunately, the victory did not come without controversy.
In a game decided by a mere touchdown, every call matters.
And that concept was on full display in this particular outing.
Early in the first quarter, Jets linebacker Quincy Williams got flagged for roughing the passer on a third-down play. Because the Jets had just forced an incomplete pass and the Atlanta was on the verge of punting, this proved to be a particularly significant call.
Sadly, video showed it was clearly the wrong one.
— Daniel Fitzgerald (@nflpicksfitz) October 10, 2021
Despite the fact that Williams was neither late nor did he use the crown of his helmet, both he and the Jets were penalized.
Bad calls of this nature are becoming all too common in the NFL. This past week the Cleveland Browns were cheated out of victory against the LA Chargers on a seemingly egregious officiating error. And then one week earlier, even a ref had to admit that the Pittsburgh Steelers got robbed in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) October 11, 2021
At one point in the beginning of the season an official seemingly got busted on a hot mic making up a call. It has been that bad.
Hopefully at some juncture the league opts to intervene and do something about all these poor officiating decisions. If they don’t, it could do irreparable damage to the integrity of the game.