NFL Refs Ripped by Fans for Controversial Calls on Chiefs’ Final Drive vs. Packers

NFL Refs Ripped by Fans for Controversial Calls on Chiefs’ Final Drive vs. Packers
Doric SamDecember 4, 2023

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 03: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 03, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Before losing to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, the Kansas City Chiefs had the chance to tie the game on their final offensive drive.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs were doomed by multiple missed calls by the officials and suffered a 27-19 loss to fall to 8-4.

There was a questionable unnecessary roughness call that benefitted Kansas City. However, that would just be a sign of things to come.

When Patrick Mahomes tried to find Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a deep throw, it appeared the receiver was hindered by defensive pass interference, but no penalty was called.

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Rules analyst Terry McAulay breaks down whether there should have been pass interference on either of these deep balls.

His final Hail Mary pass fell incomplete, but it looked like star tight end Travis Kelce was the victim of another pass interference that went uncalled.

Fans on social media were not happy with how the referees affected the final drive.

Kurt Benkert @KurtBenkert

Are you kidding me@NFL needs to investigate this ref crew

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

DPI was NOT CALLED on this play 👀

Louis Riddick @LRiddickESPN

These refs have to be held accountable in some way. Those are two of the worst calls in a critical moment that I may have seen in a long long time.

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

The officiating has been embarrassing, even by the current officiating standard.

Gump Cathcart @bubbagumpino

All time performance by these refs on this drive

Chase Daniel @ChaseDaniel

That’s is a HORRIBLE missed call of DPI. Game changing missed call by refs. Insane

Jordan Brenner @JordanBrenner

That’s an egregious missed DPI call there. We never should have given up on making those plays reviewable. They are massive plays and need to be correct.

ESPN @espn

Jonathan Owens was flagged for a late hit on Patrick Mahomes on this play.

Mike Clay @MikeClayNFL

Everyone knew Rice was down. Still took a review.
Everyone knew that was DPI on MVS. No call.

How hard is it to have a ref watching from a booth with video that can immediately contact the refs and fix this stuff in seconds?

Mina Kimes @minakimes

The refs on this drive

Ari Meirov @MySportsUpdate

Officiating is such a mess.

Darius Butler @DariusJButler

Clock should still be rolling! MVS was going backwards. Clock should continue to roll smh.

Missed PI call earlier. These refs are stinkin it up

Don Van Natta Jr. @DVNJr

The refs blew four calls in six plays.

CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable @cjzero

The Taylor Swift song about NFL referees is going to absolutely rip

Questionable officiating has long been a problem in the NFL. The referees have a tough job to do, but they shouldn’t be let off the hook when their calls, or lack thereof, dictate how a game ends.

The Chiefs can’t dwell on Sunday’s loss, however, as they will have another marquee matchup in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.

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