im a steeler fan and was rooting for the steelers all game obviously, but arizona flat out got hosed by numerous ticky-tack penalties that the referees had no business calling (talking about penalties that occured before the fumble). i was actually really upset, because despite being a steelers fan, im a football fan first and i was really pissed to see a good game swayed by some BS. the fumble itself was probably the right call, but the fact they didnt even review it struck me as odd.
calls like holding or pass interference can be very hard to judge and i generally dont go after a referee who has to make that kind of judgement in a split second, but to call a running into the holder or roughing the passer when the contact came within a split second and it wasnt even a hard hit by any means, i think thats just absolutely BS. also, i hate the fact that just simply touching someones face mask is now a 15 yard penalty. thats just too much in a game like football.
games are being over-officiated like a MFer. pizzez me ov.
Plenty of the calls against Arizona were justified, but it's impossible to think that those same things weren't happening the other way around, with the only difference being the lack of flags thrown. That's especially regarding the holding calls, which commentators are always happy to remind us occur on just about any given play you choose as an example, yet aren't called. Seemed like the Cards got whistled for 3-4 of them on their most crucial plays, whereas the Steelers might have been called once.
I might need to be reminded of the specifics to the rule, but from what I think I know, it seemed pretty clear that it was a fumble. I've always thought "control" was the important word in this situation, in the same sense that it's the most important word when a receiver is trying to make a catch on the sideline. Kurt cocked his arm back for the throw, got hit, the ball popped out of his control, and the forward momentum of his hand pushed the loose ball forward a few yards. That, to me, is a sure fumble.
Sure, it should have been reviewed. But who cares? It wouldn't have been overturned. What's the big deal. And even if it happened to be an incomplete pass, (which it wasn't) They still would have had to chuck a hail mary, which has a .01 percent chance of being completed in the endzone. A bunch of fuss over nothing if you ask me.