A facemask penalty by Ravens Linebacker Terrell Suggs has extended a Falcons drive early in the 4th quarter Thursday Night in Atlanta. Suggs did clearly grab Atlanta Running Back Jason Snelling’s facemask. But what makes this a bad call is that Snelling also grabbed Suggs’ facemask at the same time. But for some reason only Suggs was flagged on the play. I don’t know how the official could not have seen Snelling with a hand full of facemask, because the two players were holding each others’ facemasks at the exact same time.
There should have been a facemask penalty called on both players, which would have offset. Atlanta did not pick up a first down on the play so they would have been forced to punt. Instead they ended up driving down the field and scoring a touchdown. I am sure we will hear from Suggs about this call later in the week. The Ravens and their fans have complained for years about bad officiating and this is a perfect example of why.