After Further Review: Jets-Rams Officiating

By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.

Penalty Count

Rams 5-43 (leading to one Jets first down)
Jets 6-61 (leading to three Rams first downs)

Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage

Jets Penalties

  • Blatant hold by Patrick Elflein as he took his man down with his hand on the outside shoulder.
  • John Franklin-Myers jumped offside on 4th-and-1.
  • Jabari Zuniga neutral zone infraction.

Rams Penalties

  • Joe Noteboom clear holding penalty on Tarell Basham as he sealed him inside but clearly reached across his chest to pull him back, negating a 10-yard Cam Akers run.
  • Tyler Higbee false start.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Blessuan Austin was called for a facemask penalty downfield. This didn't look like much from the replay footage.
  • Austin defensive holding. Allowed his man a clean inside release and couldn't resist grabbing some jersey on the drag route.
  • Austin again, this time for pass interference. He blatantly grabbed Akers here after he lost him and allowed him to get behind him. This could have been holding because he grabbed him before the pass was thrown but he was still holding him as the ball was released so pass interference can be called instead. The only other question is whether is was uncatchable but the hold was so early and completely stopped the receiver from making a play on the ball, so it's difficult to say he couldn't have got further downfield and made a leaping attempt to make a play on it.
  • Trevon Wesco personal foul. This was almost costly for the Jets and looked from the television footage like a ridiculously unfair call as Wesco and Michael Brockers squared up to one another. However, from the initial footage, it's possible this was an escalation of an incident at the end of the play as the pair engaged in a bit of a scuffle.

Rams Penalties

  • Justin Hollins facemask penalty on a Frank Gore run. This actually looked harsh from the replay. Hollins' hand hit Gore's facemask but there didn't appear to be a grab.
  • Austin Corbett holding penalty to negate an 18-yard touchdown run. He grabbed Neville Hewitt at the second level and dragged him back to prevent the tackle before driving him to the ground. Although this was a spot foul because it happened downfield so the Rams only lost six yards, they had to settle for a field goal.
  • Higbee's illegal block in the back on Marcus Maye to negate a 22-yard Akers run into the red zone. This was clear and caused Maye to miss a tackle at the second level. Again, it was downfield so it was a spot foul costing the Rams just four yards, but they ultimately failed on a fourth down because a game-tying field goal would have been a 55-yarder.

In all, Akers had three runs for 50 yards and a touchdown on which there were penalties. He otherwise had 63 yards on 15 carries.

Notable no-calls

There weren't many missed calls we noticed in this game, although we did notice a few. Aaron Donald could have been flagged for slamming Gore to the ground on a tackle and Henry Anderson was taken down by an apparent hold on a play that set up a field goal.

The Jets got away with a no-call on the play where Braxton Berrios caught the ball at the goal line to set up Gore's decisive touchdown. George Fant blatantly false started and somehow nobody noticed.

Two calls were correctly overturned - Higbee's diving non-catch and Jared Goff's incompletion with his knee down which was changed to a Franklin-Myers sack. They also got the call right and didn't need a review when Robert Woods was down by contact before losing a fumble.

Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...