Late non-call may have cost Jaguars game against the Packers, report says NFL admitted 16 errors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An inconsistent outing for the referees during the Green Bay Packers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars has caused a buzz on social media.

One week after the loss, the league recognized 16 missed calls that went against the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

While the ranting and raving has centered around the multiple non-calls against the coverage on Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson, a play not involving the Pro Bowl player should be considered even more polarizing.

On third-and-1 with 26 seconds left in the game, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles dropped back and aimed for second-year wide receiver Rashad Greene who was lined up in the slot. The Jaguars were in 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end and three wide receivers).

Greene then ran a crossing route and was immediately met by Packers defensive back Micah Hyde near the 11-yard line. Hyde was well within his right for contact, as the line of scrimmage was set at the 14-yard line.

However, Hyde wrapped his arms around Greene while the ball was being launched. Replays showed that Hyde grabbed the inside of Greene's shoulder pads and then pulled his arm before the ball got to the receiver. 

The pass was ruled incomplete and there were no flags thrown. 

The lack of a call or a completion set up the Jaguars for a fourth-and-1 with 23 seconds remaining in the game. The Jaguars had to call a play to get a first down in order to get more opportunities at the endzone. A bubble screen to wide receiver Allen Hurns failed to gain the necessary yards for the first down and essentially ended the game.

Had a holding or pass interference penalty been called, the Jaguars would have been set up with a first down on the nine-yard line with 23 seconds to play and probably could have taken four shots at the endzone.

Instead - with no timeouts - the Jaguars were forced to limit their play-calling options and needed a short-yardage play just to stay alive.

Here are the NFL's rules for pass interference: 

Actions that constitute defensive pass interference include but are not limited to:

(a) Contact by a defender who is not playing the ball and such contact restricts the receiver’s opportunity to make the catch.

(b) Playing through the back of a receiver in an attempt to make a play on the ball.

(c) Grabbing a receiver’s arm(s) in such a manner that restricts his opportunity to catch a pass.

(d) Extending an arm across the body of a receiver thus restricting his ability to catch a pass, regardless of whether the defender is playing the ball.

(e) Cutting off the path of a receiver by making contact with him without playing the ball.

(f) Hooking a receiver in an attempt to get to the ball in such a manner that it causes the receiver’s body to turn prior to the ball arriving. 

Those first four points are all met in Hyde's coverage of Greene.

Speaking with Greene after the game, he said the players had no choice but to deal with what is called and what's not called.

"It is frustrating," Greene said.

"But if they don't call it, there's nothing we can do about it. Obviously, I'm sure the league is going to go back and look at it and see that those calls are supposed to be called. It's over and done with now, but it's definitely something they need to work on - the refs - just making the proper calls, making it fair for everybody." 

One could argue that calling a penalty in that position would have been "ticky tack" in nature. Still, a rule is a rule and it's there for a reason.

It seems the referees blew a call that may have impacted the final score of the game.

The Packers won the contest, 27-23.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.


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