Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges made contact

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asked Nov 4, 2022 in H&E by haoxiuyun (1,720 points)

There were questionable in bounds/out from Mut 23 coins bounds call calls (Vikings tight-end Rhett Ellison's touchdown or not touchdown right prior to halftime could have been an actual touchdown). It was also shaky with unnecessary roughness calls made on tackles that were close to the line (seriously, 

Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges made contact with Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry decidedly in bounds but was penalized for taking his opponent into the air). The quarterback even had a fumble ruled an incomplete pass without a review (Big Ben's glove was as empty as a sock when he was thrown by the Chiefs).

But there was one shitty call that was so egregious that I would like to see the official who made it shouldn't be allowed to participate in any playoff game. The offending call would be the absurd taunting penalty imposed at Steelers cornerback William Gay after a particularly amazing, unspectacular move made by Steelers middle linebacker Lawrence Timmons on third down.

Picture this, the Steelers were up 17-6. in a must-win game with 12:39 left during the 4th quarter. Their opponents was the Chiefs were on a third-and-17 situation from their 23-yard line. The Steelers clearly had a tough time playing off the receivers, shielding everything deep, and forcing Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to dump the ball from short to tight end Travis Kelce. 

Timmons was all the way on the other side of the formation during coverage, but he was hauled in and made one-on-one tackles in the field, resulting in an average of two yards. It could have appeared to be something that was routine, however it was not likely that Kelce was going to achieve enough yards to make the first down anyway. If you really look at the play, you'll be able to be amazed by how fast Timmons was running and how quickly he seemed to be able to gather himself and then make a certain tackle. This isn't cheap madden 23 coins routine or simple.

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