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Officials are again putting away their whistles

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07:23 AM ET 01.13 | Anecdotal evidence is one thing, but players are willing to talk about it, too. League vice president of officiating Dean Blandino tried his best last week to suggest that the referees call playoff games the same way they do regular-season contests -- in essence, the theory that a penalty is a penalty regardless of the situation -- but few were buying it. Including many of the players in the postseason and several not in the playoffs. The numbers indicate there are fewer flags in the playoffs and have been for years. "They think we don't notice that?" one NFC player still involved in the Super Bowl chase told NFP. "Everybody knows you can get away with more (in the postseason). You see games where the announcers say, 'Oh, they're letting them play and that's good.' You think the league doesn't hear that?"

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January 13, 2014  07:26 AM ET

Maybe part of the reason is that the better officials work the playoff games and they are not calling some of the ridiculous borderline penalties called during the regular season.

January 13, 2014  07:56 AM ET

They don't put them away when a hard hit is involved.

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January 13, 2014  08:25 AM ET

Tell that to the Chargers with that neutral zone infraction stuff yesterday.

January 13, 2014  08:31 AM ET

They sure called that lame roughing the passer penalty on SF.

January 13, 2014  08:57 AM ET

Idiots. Only way to describe the referees in this year's playoffs. The NFL should fine these boneheads like they do the players. This whole thread should be about the quality of the refereeing. Only makes it worse when the NFL says they only use the best crews for the playoffs. And these boneheads went on strike a couple of years ago. As an NFL fan, it's embarrassing. Do these clowns have anybody in their change room to help them tie their shoes?

January 13, 2014  08:59 AM ET

Certainly benefited the 49ers. That game was a poor joke

January 13, 2014  09:04 AM ET

"Oh, they're letting them play and that's good."

It is good. The problem isn't that they're not calling as many penalties in the post season. The problem is that they call too many penalties in the regular season.

And, it's good to be the King.

January 13, 2014  09:23 AM ET

That horse collar tackle to begin the game which resulted in a broken leg started the game off on the wrong foot. No pun intended.

January 13, 2014  09:43 AM ET

Now the league has the teams that they wanted in. That is why you did not see the BS calls. I still say the league along with the refs are fixing games, to get the out come they want!

January 13, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe part of the reason is that the better officials work the playoff games and they are not calling some of the ridiculous borderline penalties called during the regular season.

Stop drinking the water it does cause brain damage. So go back in the kitchen and cook, then go and clean the toilet.

January 13, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Stop drinking the water it does cause brain damage. So go back in the kitchen and cook, then go and clean the toilet.

The league does select the better officials to work the playoffs, you know.

January 13, 2014  10:03 AM ET

You cannot blamed the refs for the Panthers departure in the playoffs, undisciplined DB's with 15 yard penalties and no offensive goal line production. A golden rule in being a good official is -being seem and not heard.

January 13, 2014  10:10 AM ET

I'm a panther season ticket holder, and this is NOT some sour grapes because ARI crushed us years ago far worse and I've never once mentioned the refs in that. The refs were the worst refs i've ever seen in my life the first half. Every single call went the 49ers way, and every point they had in the first half belonged to the refs. Every time we made a stop, the refs found a way to keep their drives alive with questionable (at best) calls. They called a headbutt, but when crabtree did a FAR worse headbutt later on it was perfectly legal? If they are gonna call the game like that, they have to call it both ways, and i swear i suspect the officials were either lifelong 49er fans, or jerry rice and joe montana in masks. The refs were that bad and the NFL should be ashamed of that first half performance by their officials. It was worse than watching the miami heat in the NBA finals as far as the officiating goes. The 49ers outplayed us the second half, no question about that, but the tempo and pace of the game was already set by the refs in the first half. If the refs let them play football or call it both ways, who knows how that first half turns out.

January 13, 2014  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The league does select the better officials to work the playoffs, you know.

Their officials are extremely inconsistent though. A foul should be a foul regardless of the team and player, and it seems the refs pick/choose what they want to call every week. The first half from yesterday is a prime example of why the NFL needs ref reform because those guys were the worst officials i've seen in 30 years of football. It was really like watching a miami heat game. These refs are part time employee's and they are protected through unions. Adopt the MLB policy of sending them back to the minors if they aren't good enough, evaluate them every year, and FFS, pay them and train them FULL time!

January 13, 2014  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Stop drinking the water it does cause brain damage. So go back in the kitchen and cook, then go and clean the toilet.

No..you can keep your damn job! Good with luck it.

January 13, 2014  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

No..you can keep your damn job! Good with luck it.

*Good luck WITH it!

January 13, 2014  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Certainly benefited the 49ers. That game was a poor joke

I don't mind losing, but the first half was the single worst officiated game i've watched in 30 years of football. Every call they made in the first half was not only questionable at best, but they were clearly biased and only calling it one way. If the refs are gonna call the game like they did, it has to be called on both sides of the ball. There was one example where CAR was given a headbutt call (despite BEING the one who was headbutted) but when crabtree pulls off a headbutt a quarter later that was twice as bad, the ref who was 2 feet away let it go

January 13, 2014  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Certainly benefited the 49ers. That game was a poor joke

Where was the head butt call on Boldin? Ref standing right there and even broke it up?

 
January 13, 2014  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Certainly benefited the 49ers. That game was a poor joke

And the 12 men in the huddle too. Ref watched the guy leave the huddle.

Both "penalties" just before they get a key TD.

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