November 16, 2015
The NFL on Monday admitted the officials made a mistake in Sunday’s Ravens-Jaguars game that cost Baltimore the win.
The Ravens were up 20-19 and a penalty by Elvis Dumervil with time expirred on 4th-and-4 gave the Jags an extra 15 yards, putting them in position for a field goal attempt. However, officials say the Jags were not set on the field goal attempt and should have been penalized with a false start.
“Inside of one minute remaining of either half, with the game clock running, when the offense is not set simultaneously prior to the snap, it’s a false start. This results in a 10-second runoff, which can only be avoided if a team has a timeout remaining,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement.
“The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, and whistle to stop the play. The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game.”
I’m sure this admission won’t make Ravens fans feel any better. They’ll probably only be more enraged. The only good to come out of this announcement is that at least maybe it takes the focus away from Dumervil and his moronic penalty.