NFL admits officiating error cost Ravens win against Jaguars

Monday November 16th, 2015

The NFL admitted Monday that referees made a crucial officiating error near the end of Sunday’s Ravens vs. Jaguars game. The correct call would’ve given the Ravens, who lost 22–20, the win. 

On Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles’ last snap of the game, left tackle Luke Joeckel was not set. Had the penalty been called, Jacksonville would have run out of time and lost the game. Instead, the play was allowed to continue, and an Elvis Dumervil personal foul moved the Jaguars into range for the game-winning field goal. 

“The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, and whistle to stop the play,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said. “The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game.”

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The loss dropped the Ravens to 2–7 on the season.

“The league has looked at it and they know it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “There’s nothing we can do about it now. It’s unfortunate, it’s disappointing, it’s gut-wrenching, it’s just the way it goes. In the end, we have to overcome all that stuff.”

The Ravens host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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