Another bad call in the Eagles – Colts game has the Eagles and their fans fuming. Officials kept a Colts drive alive with a very questionable “blow to the head” call after Peyton Manning failed to convert on 4th down late in the Colts – Eagles game. Manning was stripped on 4th and 18, but Eagles defender Trent Cole’s hand brushed against Manning’s helmet as he tried to strip the ball. Officials called unnecessary roughness on the play. 1st down Colts.
Even if the rules state that you cannot touch a QB’s head, this call was ridiculous. We see this kind of incidental contact happen all the time without a flag, but on 4th and 18 with the game on the line they decide to call it and take away a huge defensive stand by the Eagles? The Colts went on to score on the drive and had a chance to win the game but came up short. Many people will surely point out that most QB’s not named Peyton or Brady would not get this call. I would tend to agree. View the call here, about 2:25 in. Once again even the guys working for the NFL said this was a horrible call.
Was this just a bad call at a bad time or do the officials really favor Manning and the Colts?