Just finished watching Jacksonville/Indianapolis, which was a heck of a game. I was rooting for the Jags, simply because I picked them to win and I like being right--I like both teams a lot and would root for either most days.
But I imagine that a lot of true Jags fans are blaming this loss on the officiating. And they have a case - a lot of close calls went Indy's way.
The unneccessary roughness call on Reggie Williams in the end zone comes to mind; yeah, there's no call to shove a guy. But when one person throws a guy to the ground after a play that's happening at least five yards away is over, and the victim gets up and shoves back, and only the latter instance is flagged, I don't think that's fair.
The Ben Utecht fumble was ruled an incomplete pass after review, and that one is arguable, but certainly wasn't conclusive, so the call shouldn't have been overturned.
And I'm still not convinced they spotted the ball correctly on Del Rio's first challenge. But there's one call that Jags fans might be complaining about, because Phil Simms said with utter conviction that it was a bad call. And it was a very good call, and that's why I'm writing this blog--I'm angry at Simms for making a blatant oversight.
I can't remember who the players involved were; it was a Colts WR against a Jags DB, possibly Reggie Wayne and Rashean Mathis, but I'm not positive. It was a long-ish pass, and the WR and the DB both went up in the air. What Simms saw, and assumed the call was about, was the DB's left arm wrapping around the WR's back, turning him around after the ball had already gone past his hands. And on the replay, he said (paraphrased) "look at that left arm - that's what they're calling, and it's a bad call." And I wanted to yell, "Hey, Phil, what about his right hand? Moron." The DB's right hand hit the WR's hands, knocking them out of the ball's path just before the ball arrived. Clearly pass interference.
Fortunately, Simms made a number of other interesting observations, and I didn't hate him by the end of the game. But a commentator really needs to be careful about how much conviction they have in disagreeing with a ref's call, because it just gives angry fans ammunition.