The Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills have all been on the wrong side of referee blunders so far in the 2015 NFL season, and now the Baltimore Ravens have reason to complain.
Looking to move the chains on their opening drive against the Cardinals on Monday Night Football, the Ravens attempted to confuse their opponents by using a pass play to backup offensive lineman John Urschel.
The play worked well until officials threw a flag - arguing Urschel never identified himself as eligible to officials. The only problem is footage of the game now shows that is simply a downright lie.
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According to the officiating team's explanation, Urschel, wearer of the ineligible number 64 jersey, never reported as eligible when entering the field of play. So, just what was the on-field referee looking at here, then?
The rookie repeatedly points at his jersey whilst appearing to shout in the officials direction. And it is not like the ref is looking the other way, he is staring right at him.
Jim Harbaugh, something of a connoisseur of the eligible receiver play after last season's playoff game versus New England, was legitimately furious on the sidelines.
Even Fox's refereeing Mike Pereira, originally having backed the flag, was left perplexed at how the officials got it so wrong after watching the footage:
The Ravens ended up coming away with just a field goal from the drive. Had officials been doing their job, it could have been a seven-point haul early on. And, for a team that ultimately lost the game 26-18, that is a bitter pill to swallow.
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