“They Blew It”: Rich Eisen Slams NFL Officiating After Controversial Ending to Chiefs vs. Packers

Published 12/05/2023, 12:54 AM EST

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The NFL community witnessed the controversial “clear pass interference” on Sunday night football. The Green Bay Packers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in Wisconsin, aiming for their third straight win. This wish of the Packers was fulfilled as the franchise defeated Patrick Mahomes and the squad 27-19, and alleged “partiality.”

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Patrick Mahomes had several opportunities to level the score with the Packers, but despite clear instances of pass interference and referee mistakes, he couldn’t secure the tie. Consequently, the Chiefs lost the game with 7 points. Fans and sports analysts expressed their frustration, with analyst Rich Eisen particularly furious, slamming the NFL.

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The Packers secured an unexpected 27-19 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday night. While the focus should be on their performance, the postgame discussions are highlighting concerns about officiating problems in the NFL. Rich Eisen, also expressed his disappointment in the refs and the NFL. He emphasized the need for replay assistance in situations where flags are involved.

During the Rich Eisen Show, he took a call from Missouri, discussing the late hit on Mahomes. Eisen suggested that when there is a flag on the play, replay assistance should chime in and provide input to help officials make the right call. Eisen continued about the need for replay assistance, saying, “The league should absolutely use it for something like the Mahomes play and the pass interference play. I don’t know what to say, the whole country saw it and it’s unfortunate that they blew it and the refs have got a ref better.”

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The several refs’ mistakes snatched the last opportunity from Patrick Mahomes, leading the Chiefs to lose the Week 13 game.

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An unfortunate day for Patrick Mahomes!

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On the last drive of the game, the referees made some obvious mistakes that could have significantly affected the outcome. First, they called a “late hit out of bounds” on Packers safety Jonathan Owens, even though he clearly hit Patrick Mahomes during the play. Then, after a completed pass to Rashee Rice who gained 10 yards. However, the ball came out of Rice’s hands, and the officials allowed a touchdown return to Corey Ballentine, ignoring the fact that Rice was already down before losing the ball. Following this, Isiah Pacheco was ejected when he took a swing at Packers DB KeiSean Nixon, but the officials didn’t enforce a 10-second run-off as they should have.

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There was also a blatant pass that went uncalled, when the officials let Carrington Valentine get away, after tackling Marquez Valdes-Scantling before the ball arrived. Shortly after that the reigning MVP threw a 9-yard pass to Scantling who attempted to move towards the out-of-bounds area. However, he was visibly moving backward when leaving the field, and according to the rules, the clock should have continued running. Contrary to this, the officials decided that he was moving forward and stopped the clock. At last, there was another evident case of pass interference when Owens pushed Travis Kelce forward while he was attempting to catch Mahomes’ last-second Hail Mary pass.

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Consequently, all these mistakes have infuriated the Chiefs’ followers and the sports analysts worldwide.

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