Report: NFL likely won’t suspend officials for Jags-Ravens missed call
The NFL is unlikely to hand out suspensions to the officiating crew that missed a critical false start call at the end of the Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday, reports Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.
As the Jaguars were attempting to run a final play from their own 49-yard line, it seemed that left tackle Luke Joeckel was guilty on an illegal procedure. The flag would have resulted in a 10-second runoff, ending the game. Instead, the play was allowed to run and Baltimore linebacker committed a facemask penalty, putting the Jaguars in range for a game-winning, 53-yard field goal.
Instead of a 20–19 win for the Ravens, the Jaguars left with a 22–20 victory.
On Monday, the NFL acknowledged that a false start should have been called and that the Ravens should have won.
The same officiating crew, led by referee Pete Morelli, was disciplined last month after allowing 18 seconds to run off the clock during a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers. Side judge Rob Vernatchi was suspended for a week after being found responsible for the mistake.
Seifert reports that it is a possibility that a member of Morelli’s crew could be reassigned for Week 11.