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3 awful calls by refs that cost the Jaguars the game

Pass interference? Myles Jack was down? Celebrating after Patriots touchdowns? Come on...

Another week, another horrible outing by NFL referees giving the Jacksonville Jaguars a clear disadvantage in a game where there was zero margin for error.

Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers it was bad. This week against the New England Patriots, it was a major contributing factor towards the team’s loss.

FSU beat reporter Brendan Sonnone had an interesting observation:

“Jags-Patriots was the widest discrepancy in penalty yards (-88 yards, Jaguars) in an AFC Championship this millennium. Since 2000, there are only two other examples of a difference of 60+ yards in an AFC Championship. Basically, what we saw today isn’t normal.”


Even the @NFLResearch handle got in on the trolling:

“The Patriots were called for 1 penalty against the Jaguars. It is the fewest penalties called on one team in a playoff game since the 2011 AFC Championship... when the Patriots were called for 1 penalty in a win over the Ravens.”

So let’s get to the bad calls.

Bad Call #1: A.J. Bouye pass interference?

They called this interference. They called this interference. Brandin Cooks ran a horrible route, got corralled by A.J. Bouye out of bounds, and now it’s first down just 13 yards from the end zone. Instead of going into halftime down 14-3, he scores seconds before the second quarter ends and it’s 14-10.

BONUS: Just look how happy the refs were after they scored the aforementioned touchdown.

Bad Call #2: Myles Jack called down?

Instead of a game-sealing touchdown after a forced fumble, Myles Jack is called down by contact. You tell me who made contact with Myles. Nothing but field in front of him, but instead of 27-10 it’s just Jaguars ball near midfield.

Bad Call #3: Telvin Smith held on final run play

Right in front of the referee, Telvin Smith is held clear as day. Nope, no call. Patriots already up 24-20 though, so this one is obviously a lot less impactful on the scoreline, but it’s still absolutely bogus.

Bruce Irvin ain’t fooled either, y’all.