Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens was beyond insane to watch but one of the reasons for the craziness was the suspect officiating that occurred during the game. NFL on FOX analyst Tim Ryan, who was in the booth for the game, repeatedly talked about the bad officiating during the game and he wasn’t the only one who noticed.
Vikings coach Leslie Fraizer told 1500ESPN in Minneapolis today that the NFL gave him a call after Sunday’s game to discuss the officiating that went on. Frazier didn’t go into details about what was said, but stopped dangerously short of saying the league called to apologize.
“The fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt about things on that day,” Frazier said on 1500ESPN. “That was encouraging that they wanted to talk about that game from yesterday,”
Many Vikings fans, and just fans in general who watched the game, are pointing to a Toby Gerhart fumble that clearly wasn’t a fumble but was ruled as such in the Ravens favor early in the game. The call led to a touchdown for Baltimore and gave them the lead. Take away the touchdown by correctly reversing the call and the Ravens very likely lose by a touchdown.
The Vikings can’t blame their implosion in the last minute of the game on officiating, but their game plan changed when they went down by a touchdown early and that stemmed directly from the bad call. This is just another example of the poor officiating this season effecting games and their outcome in a way we mocked the replacement officials for last season.