The referees missed at least one big pass interference call, possibly two, in the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football,” which could have turned the tide Match.
Green Bay won 27-19, but it was not without controversy as officials missed at least one penalty against the Packers on the Chiefs’ final drive of the game.
It started with what appeared to be blatant pass interference committed by Carrington Valentine on Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Valentine very clearly hindered Valdes-Scantling’s ability to make what would have been a massive catch near the Packers 5-yard line with less than a minute to play.
“The first 59 minutes was very well officiated, we lost something at the end,” NBC Sports rules analyst Terry McAulay said during the broadcast. “This is clear defensive pass interference. You simply can’t play behind the receiver’s back before the ball gets there. That’s exactly what he does. He plays in the back. It must be a mistake. should have been called.
The second potentially missed call came on the final play of the game.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a Hail Mary in a last-ditch effort to keep Kansas City’s chances of winning alive.
The deep throw reached the end zone but in the pile of bodies, the ball tipped and fell to the ground.
However, upon closer inspection, it appeared that Travis Kelce was pushed in the back before the ball even reached the end zone for possible pass interference.
McAulay once again said it was a missed call by officials.
“There was (a push), and usually there’s a lot of bodies bumping into each other, everyone’s playing the ball, there’s no foul when that happens,” he explained. “When you get a two-handed push in the back, it’s obvious. You see Kelce leap forward. This jumped out at me live. He didn’t just jump forward. The ball passes behind him. He’s moving forward.
“That must have been the push that sent him in that direction.” I think, like any other passing play, this is a defensive pass interference foul.
Those two decisions weren’t the only questionable decisions made by officials on the final drive.
Packers fans were furious when Jonathan Owens was called for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Mahomes.