Bad call on Ravens Punt return Touchdown

The playoff game between the Steelers and the Ravens had several questionable calls, but I thought this one was the worst.  Ravens punt returner Lardarious Webb made an amazing play to score the touchdown and give the Ravens some much needed momentum in a game that was obviously slipping away from them, but the officials took it all away with a very questionable holding call.  Ravens Receiver Marcus Smith made what appeared to me to be a good block on the Steelers Will Allen, but officials called holding and the Ravens had to settle for a field goal on the drive.  You can see the replay here. Let us know what you think about this call in the comments.

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3 Responses to Bad call on Ravens Punt return Touchdown

  1. admin says:

    While I will agree that the picture makes it look like a hold, if you watch the replay you can see the whole play, not just one split second of it. It appears that the defender is already falling to the ground when Smith gets a fist full of jersey. He immediately lets go of the jersey after grabbing it, and to be fair, if there was a holding penalty called every time a guy got a fist full of jersey for half a second, they would never be able to finish a game.

    Maybe by the book it was a slight hold, but you will see worse holds on literally every single play in the NFL. I found it curious how a huge momentum changing TD was taken of the board for such a petty and questionable call, even more curious that the Steelers were once again involved.

  2. Lonnie says:

    I agree. The picture says it all. The angles on the TV replays doesn’t show this.

  3. Stumbler2001 says:

    It was a hold, like the call or not

    http://img837.imageshack.us/i/hold.jpg/