Sometimes it’s the calls that aren’t made that are the worst ones.
NFL officiating has been, in a word, questionable this year. There have been a number of game-deciding calls made or missed that have had NFL fans, players and coaches peeved.
Exhibit 943,301: Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Seahawks-49ers matchup, when officials appeared to have missed a crucial pass interference call in the end zone while the 49ers were threatening to score on a third down.
Receiver Trent Sherfield was mauled by cornerback Sidney Jones off the line off scrimmage and all the way back to the end zone, when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tried to find him for a TD.
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Shockingly (sarcasm), the play was not flagged and the 49ers would fail to convert on the fourth down, leading to the Seahawks’ win. That wasn’t exactly the deciding factor in the game, with San Francisco turning over the ball four times and earning 10 penalties, too.
Officials usually let a little bit more go at the end of games, and the argument can be made that Sherfield ran into Jones as much as the other way around. Still, lesser events have been flagged for pass interference, and in critical moments of the game, too.
Several players and viewers took issue with the non-call after the game:
So here’s the part where I told the refs to let ’em play … and then saw Sherfield get MUGGED in the end zone … #49ers
— Brian Murphy (@knbrmurph) December 6, 2021
100% should’ve been pass interference in the back of the end zone on that 3rd down in favor of @49ers
— Joe Snyder (@JS_Gemini_) December 6, 2021
With the loss, the surging 49ers were sent to 6-6 on the season, with the Seahawks grabbing their first win in more than a month.
NFL officiating remains winless in 2021.