What is it about Monday Night Football and controversial endings thanks to referees? This year there were no replacement refs harmed, but that doesn't mean confusion and uncertainty didn't reign everywhere. After Luke Kuechly tackled Rob Gronkowski in the endzone on the game's final play with Carolina leading New England by 4, the refs threw a flag for pass interference. It was then picked up without any explanation as to why and the game ended. New England was angry, Carolina was happy, and nobody had any idea what had happened.
Thankfully, that's why most networks who cover the NFL employ rules analysts. In the MNF booth, Gerry Austin said the right decision was made to pick up the flag. There was just one slight little issue with that.
Nobody agreed with him.
According to Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira and NBCSports.com's Jim Daopoulos (and everyone else who voiced an opinion on the play), Austin was wrong and the initial flag should not have been picked up...no comments