Every week referees unnecessarily ruin NFL games. They’re supposed to keep players safe and ensure that the game is played in a fair manner. But there is always some controversy. It could be because they didn’t see something properly and failed to review it. Most of it is probably just human error, but the worst mistakes cause fans to question if corruption is in the air.
So today we’ll look at 25 times NFL unnecessarily ruined games. We’ve included a mixture of classic calls that changed NFL rules as we know them. There are also some more recent mistakes from recent years that show how dumb the officials can be. Check out the list below via Stadium Talk.
25. 49ers vs. Packers (2021)
This game was full of questionable calls. The biggest controversy came in the fourth quarter after Jimmie Ward’s brutal hit on Davante Adams. It sent the Packers’ receiver off the field but the Niners escaped without punishment. Adams was a defenseless receiver, yet the officials failed to flag the aggressor. Then on the next drive, the hapless officials needlessly called the Packers for roughing the passer and tripping (via NBC Sports).
Green Bay wasn’t impressed because it was one of those decisions that referees usually overlook to allow the game to flow. But San Francisco also faced the brunt of some shocking calls. This time the officials missed a clear holding penalty against John Runyan that effectively snatched the game from the 49ers. It was a horrendous all-around display from the officials but one that fans are too familiar with.