Around the NFL  

 

NFL: Officiating error cost Ravens on final play vs. Jags

Print

Jacksonville's last-minute win over the Baltimore Ravens never should have been.

NFL spokesperson Michael Signora confirmed to NFL Media on Monday that game officials in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens failed to flag the Jaguars for a false start penalty that would have wiped out an eventual game-winning, 53-yard field goal by Jason Myers.

Every game, all season

Signora stated that Jacksonville wasn't set on the play that saw quarterback Blake Bortles face-masked by Ravens pass rusher Elvis Dumervil as time expired, a penalty that extended the contest by one snap. Had officials flagged the Jaguars for a false start, the requisite 10-second run-off would have ended the game in Baltimore's favor.

"Inside of one minute remaining of either half, with the game clock running, when the offense is not set simultaneously prior to the snap, it's a false start. This results in a 10-second runoff, which can only be avoided if a team has a timeout remaining," per Signora.

"The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, and whistle to stop the play. The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game."

It's a gaffe that changes plenty: Baltimore endures a loss that should have been a win, but gains position for next year's draft. The Jaguars, meanwhile, are left to look differently at their first road win since 2013, while knowing that Sunday's victory keeps them alive in the ghastly AFC South.

Print

Fan Discussion