Referees Affected Outcome of Superbowl 40
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Burden of proof is shared.
While we cannot know for certain how each team's strategy would have changed with unbiased calls, each side must make their case that their team would have won the game.
Pro: It is more likely that Seattle would have won with fair officiating.
Con: It is more likely that Pittsburgh would have won with fair officiating.
Holding penalties and interference penalties are classified as "judgment" calls, because there is some holding on every play, and some interference on most pass plays. If they were to call every possible incidence of holding, we would never get through a football game because we would call holding on almost every play. This is why we have "judgment" in calling penalties.
Limited grabbing while engaged with a defender is permissible, but when the defender gets by the blocker, then continued grabbing should be penalized.
The first play on this video shows a very nit-picky penalty that turned out to be critical in the game. Even John Madden said it was a terrible call.
This series of four plays should go down as the biggest officiating fiasco in NFL history. I will discuss the rest of this video further in a later round.
Now, we will see three more blatant holding penalties by Pittsburgh that were ignored.
I will explain the effects of these calls in later rounds.
Another problem was interference calls. Here is a touchdown for Seattle that was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty:
And here is a blatant violation by Pittsburgh that was ignored by the refs:
This should have been a personal foul, 15 yard penalty.
Here is a comparison of the two plays:
These are some of the more obvious problems with the officiating of that Superbowl. While we can expect an occasional bad call, we cannot expect repeated mistakes going against one tea and nothing going against the other team.
Beachgirly forfeited this round.
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