The NFL has announced that the referees that were officiating the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have been downgraded. In the sideline incident that cost Mike Tomlin $100,000 where he was on the field when Jacoby Jones was running down the sideline and had to avoid running into Tomlin, the officials unbelievably did not do anything.
At the very least, Tomlin should have been assessed a 15 yard penalty for it, but there is precedent that would have allowed for a touchdown to have been awarded on the play. Almost as if too stunned to act, the referees simply went to the next play.
The Ravens ultimately did win the game 22-20 making it a slightly less egregious error, but it still had the potential to be a completely game changing play. One can only imagine what would have happened had the Steelers gone on and won the game as a result of the incident.
The NFL has not decided if they will take a draft pick away from the Steelers, but they did take their time in deciding how to assess the penalties for the incident, considering it occurred on Thanksgiving.