Does this look like a successful field goal to you? Remember: for the kick to be good, the entire ball needs to be contained within the vertical plane created by the outer edge of the goal post.
I've been all over this like Kevin Costner on the JFK assassination. This is your grassy knoll and puff of smoke. Yes, it's still an incredibly close call, and these angles aren't perfect, but more and more evidence is mounting that the Ravens missed that kick. And for those of you still in doubt, let me ask you this: You've seen tons of shots and angles where it looked like the kick missed. How many have you seen where it looks like they actually made it?
We had one in our game a lot closer that called a miss. Pats got robbed, much like my Saints have been all season. Good luck next week guys, we are all going to need it.
@cajuncommando58 It's crazy to think that either the Saints will be 0-4 or the Packers will be 1-3 after this weekend. Best of luck.
Between Bounty Gate and these refs, Roger Goodell is turning the NFL into a circus and severely hurting the legitimacy/integrity of the game.
1. I thought the rule was that any part of the ball had to pass over the top of the upright for it to count?
2. You can look at it from every camera angle you can find to try and judge it, but there was one person who was standing in the only spot that had a for-sure vantage point. That person said it was good.
1. That is not the rule. The rule is that the ball in it's ENTIRETY needs to be completely within the outer edge of the upright. If even one of the laces is outside the outer edge of the upright, then the kick is no good.
Like you, I thought that any part of the ball had to pass over the upright, similar to how any part of the ball needs to break the plane of the goal line for a touchdown. However, after a check of the rule book that's definitely not the rule.
2. When the one person who has the best vantage point has proven time and time again that he and his colleagues are incapable of interpreting even the most obvious of calls, then it's entirely fair to question their judgement. They can't keep track of timeouts, where the ball is supposed to be spotted, that interceptions by the defense do not count as touchdowns for the offense, and other basic rules. How do we know if the ref standing under the post even knew the correct rule regarding kicks that go above the uprights?
It looked like he missed on TV. It looked like he missed to the players on the field. I have video from the stands that looked like it missed. I have yet to see a shot that looks like the kick was actually good. What's done is done, but you have to come up with a better argument than "the referee said it was good so it must've been good" after everything they've screwed up this weekend.