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    NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    NFL says Super Bowl 'properly officiated'
    Tuesday, February 7, 2006
    Updated: February 8, 9:49 AM ET
    Associated Press

    The NFL defended the officiating in the Super Bowl on Tuesday, two days after the Steelers beat the Seahawks 21-10 in the NFL title game. The league said Tuesday that no mistakes were made by the game officials, although Seattle coach Mike Holmgren might disagree.

    "The game was properly officiated, including, as in most NFL games, some tight plays that produced disagreement about the calls made by the officials," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.

    The officiating has been a the major topic of discussion since Sunday night. Right after the game, Holmgren suggested that the first-quarter offensive interference call on the Seahawks' Darrell Jackson, negating what would have been the game's first touchdown, probably should have been "a no call."

    Holmgren, a former chairman of the NFL's rule-making competition committee, fueled the debate Monday during a rally for the Seahawks at Qwest Field when he said, "We knew it was going to be tough going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't know we were going to have to play the guys in the striped shirts as well."

    The questionable calls:

    Replays on the offensive interference call showed that Jackson's arms made contact with Pittsburgh's Chris Hope and that they separated afterward. Under the rules, pass interference took place but sometimes the call isn't made.

    The first TD of the game scored on a third-down rollout by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger late in the first half. Roethlisberger appeared to come down short of the goal line, but it was unclear on replay whether he had gotten the ball to the line before going down. Referee Bill Leavy upheld the call because there was not enough incontrovertible evidence to overturn it.

    Holding call on Sean Locklear in the fourth: Locklear's penalty erased an 18-yard completion from Matt Hasselbeck to Jerramy Stevens to the Pittsburgh 1 that would have put the Seahawks in position to go ahead 17-14 with around 12 minutes left. It was a close call that was difficult to see on replay.

    One call that clearly appeared erroneous came after that penalty, when Hasselbeck threw an interception to Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor, then made the tackle but was called for a block below the waist, giving the Steelers an extra 15 yards. They scored soon afterward on a pass from Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward. Replays showed Hasselbeck never made contact with the player he was supposed to have hit illegally, instead going straight to Taylor to make the tackle.

    The Super Bowl crew headed by Leavy was comprised of officials who were graded best at each position during the regular season.
    Can't wait to see how much Holmgren is fined for his comments.

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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    The NFL would do better to just fine Holmgren and say nothing more about the quality of SB XL's officiating.

    The strong, overall census is that the Refs definitely made some critically wrong calls. :tut

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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    Quote Originally Posted by RealRam
    The strong, overall census is that the Refs definitely made some critically wrong calls. :tut
    I'm not so sure. I think the officials made one horrid call - the penalty on Hasselblock after the INT - but the rest were either close calls (in the case of Stevens' incompletion/fumble or Big Ben's TD) or the right calls (Jack's push off and Locklear's hold).
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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    Too bad they can't fine the press for needlessly overblowing the officiating issue.

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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    I wouldn't say that the "media" is overblowing the officiating this year, especially in the playoffs, it was very very bad, but I didn't expect anything else from the NFL. Hopefully, behind the scenes they will resolve these issues.
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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    i think roethlisberger was short by a few inches, but i mean it was pretty close...the only bad mistake was the hit by hasselbeck, i mean i dont think the refs were that bad.

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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    The first TD of the game scored on a third-down rollout by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger late in the first half. Roethlisberger appeared to come down short of the goal line, but it was unclear on replay whether he had gotten the ball to the line before going down. Referee Bill Leavy upheld the call because there was not enough incontrovertible evidence to overturn it..
    There was not enough incontrovertible evidence to give it either. I think in a SB, you have to go to the limits and in this case the D should have prevailed.
    But what can the NFL say, after the horrendous calls made throughout the season.
    My top three calls are
    1- Polumalu int to Manning
    2- Tampa TD reception overturned
    3- Jamie Martin intentional grounding

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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    I like how the numerous calls that went the Seahawks' way are not mentioned, too. Robbie Tobeck's late hit on a Steelers defender early in the game, the Stevens "incompletion" that many think was a catch and fumble, the illegal block on Big Ben during Hamlin's interception.
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    Re: NFL says Super Bowl was properly officiated

    Very interesting to note that they used the word 'properly' rather than 'well', 'consistently' or 'unremarkably'.

    If it had happened to us we'd be spitting bullets.

    To me, there's a lot more than one dubious call in that game.

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