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The Rams think there should have been more penalties on the Patriots in last week’s game.  Ok, I’m stopped.  No, seriously.  The Rams sent the tape to the league office for review.  (Wait, the league office does not already have the tapes?)  The Rams believe that there were at least four uncalled penalties on the Patriots.  

Let’s run them down.  First, the hit out of bounds of Fakhir Brown’s interception return.  That was the most egregious call of the day and was so obvious that Brown was on the white out of bound stripe that it was amazing that it was not called.  Second, the facemask on Marc Bulger by Richard Seymour.  The facemask seemed to be of the “grab and release” 5 yard type, but being that it was the quarterback and Bulger’s head did in fact turn, I was surprised to see the flag picked up.  The officials have been overly protective of the quarterbacks, except in this case and the next case I guess.  In the next play the Rams are highlighting, Richard Seymour drove Marc Bulger into the ground.  This is a big play because those types of hits on quarterbacks are always called and after that point Marc Bulger was not the same and did not step into any of his throws.  Lastly, it seems that the Rams are submitting the punt that was spotted some yards ahead of where coach Haslett thought it should be before the New England Patriots game-tying drive.

I know that penalties go uncalled in every single game in the NFL and tapes get submitted to the league office on every game.  The league office will then say, “Yes, according to the rules, there should have been a penalty called there.”.  The league office will then mark down referee Scott Green and his crew for his performance and that will be the end of the story.

More information can be found here at Profootballtalk.com and at the St Louis Post-Dispatch website.


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