10 most embarrassing blunders from NFL Week 13

10Bad look for the referees

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The Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers each lost on Sunday. For reasons we’ll get in to, they can each blame themselves. But they both have solid complaints about the officiating, as well.

With the Colts driving for a potential winning score, Erik Swoope caught a pass and appeared to go out of bounds. Only, his forward progress was controversially ruled to have been stopped, the clock continued to run, and the game ended.

The Los Angeles Chargers, meanwhile, scored a touchdown against the Steelers that was allowed despite a blatant false start from right tackle Sam Tevi.

Officials missed another false start on Monday, this time to the benefit of the Philadelphia Eagles (and detriment of the Washington Redskins).

It’s also worth mentioning that Tennessee Titans lineman Taylor Lewan and Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes both had profanity-laced confrontations with officials after their games. In Lewan’s case, it was after a win.

It was not a good weekend to be an NFL referee.


Michael Dixon
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