It wasn’t that long ago that some NFL fans were complaining that the Chiefs get all the officials calls. All. The. Calls.
No one has been saying that lately, especially after the Raiders weren’t penalized a week ago in Las Vegas.
During Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Chiefs fans were lamenting two calls that went against Kansas City in a bonkers final minute.
“This is an obviously defensive pass interference,” NBC Sports rules analyst Terry McAulay said after the game. “You simply can’t play through the receiver’s back before the ball gets there. He does exactly that ... has to be a foul. Should have been called.”
Should this have been pass interference on Packers LB De’Vondre Campbell, who was guarding Chiefs TE Travis Kelce?
It’s rarely called on a Hail Mary. pic.twitter.com/jnoyoMulOn
— Arye Pulli (@AryePulli) December 4, 2023
“Generally there’s lots of bodies banging, everybody’s playing the ball, there’s not a foul when that happens,” McAulay said. “But when you have a two-handed shove in the back, it’s overt. You see Kelce lurch forward. ... It had to be the shove that sent him that way. I think, just like any other pass play, this is a foul for defensive pass-interference.”
That would have given the Chiefs the ball at the 1-yard line with a chance to run an untimed play. But it wasn’t called. Nor was the one that denied Valdes-Scantling a chance to catch the ball.
To be fair, the Chiefs appeared to catch a break earlier in the drive when an unnecessary roughness penalty was called on the Packers following a Mahomes run.
— ESPN (@espn) December 4, 2023
The NFL Network’s Rich Eisen called it a “brutal” final minute for the officials and few would disagree.
A brutal final minute of officiating.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 4, 2023
Mahomes appeared to have picked up a first down with a run to the Packers’ 1-yard line in the second quarter. But center Creed Humphrey was called for holding, a penalty that many criticized, including former Chiefs tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
That’s an abysmal call. Creed ran his feet and the DT never got off his frame. Not what holding is supposed to be
— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) December 4, 2023
Rather than be on the doorstep of the end zone, the Chiefs settled for a field goal.
Just as big was the missed call that came on a critical fourth-down play for the Packers in the third quarter.
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) December 4, 2023
The illegal hands to the face by the LT missed on 4th and 1. pic.twitter.com/Xah21KI07q
— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) December 4, 2023
Had the flag been thrown, the Packers would have punted. Instead, they ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive.