After Further Review: Jets-Seahawks 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

Seahawks 5-25 (leading to one Jets first down)
Jets 2-10 (leading to one Seahawks first down)

Note: This does not include penalties that are declined or off-set.

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

Jets Penalties

  • Bryce Huff offside. Bit on the hard count and was in the neutral zone as the ball was snappped.

Seahawks Penalties

  • 12 men on the field on defense. Blown dead before the snap.
  • Delay of game, taken deliberately before a punt.
  • Another delay of game, again before a punt.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Duane Brown false start on 1st-and-10 at the 13. Little more than a shrug/lean but enough to draw the flag.

Seahawks Penalties

  • Illegal use of the hands on LJ Collier. This was initially called on Poona Ford but corrected in the official gamebook. Without a doubt this was a correct call as he had a handful of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's facemask as he drove him back.
  • Offside on Uchenna Nwosu. This was the play where Pete Carroll wanted a flag on Connor McGovern for doing a head-bob before the snap, but McGovern does this basically every time so you couldn't say it was a move to intentionally draw them offside. Darrell Taylor and Quinton Jefferson were both also offside.

Notable no-calls etc

Here were some of the other notable missed calls, replay situations and controversial moments:

  • The officials kept their whistles in their pockets all day with zero offensive holding penalties and no coverage penalties.
  • There were lots of examples of possible holding calls including one on a John Franklin-Myers rush and another as Sheldon Rankins penetrated into the backfield to try and blow up a run.
  • Denzel Mims was bumped by the defender right before the first Mike White interception but this was away from the ball so would have been a little harsh on a day when they weren't calling anything else.
  • George Fant got away with a flinch before one snap.
  • Seattle wanted pass interference on a Sauce Gardner pass break-up on Noah Fant and a throw over the top with Quincy Williams in coverage, although the first one looked acceptable because he turned to locate the ball and the latter may have been uncatchable anyway.

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