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As long as the score was close the officials called a relatively fair game. Once score got lopsided enough to encourage people to no longer watch they used the yellow hankies to tighten up the score and keep viewers.
San Fran intercepts a KC scoring drive in the early fourth quarter pretty much assuring viewers would consider it a game over and leave. Amazingly on third down Garapolo is smashed to with the ground with full helmet to helmet contact. No flag because KC getting the ball back keeps viewers.
Will the Super bowl ever be truly earned again? I'm a Chiefs fan so my bias tends to the Chiefs. Without the officials they probably would never have won the game. Shame we can never know because they will ALWAYS do that unless the fans stop it.
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As long as the score was close the officials called a relatively fair game. Once score got lopsided enough to encourage people to no longer watch they used the yellow hankies to tighten up the score and keep viewers.
San Fran intercepts a KC scoring drive in the early fourth quarter pretty much assuring viewers would consider it a game over and leave. Amazingly on third down Garapolo is smashed to with the ground with full helmet to helmet contact. No flag because KC getting the ball back keeps viewers.
Will the Super bowl ever be truly earned again? I'm a Chiefs fan so my bias tends to the Chiefs. Without the officials they probably would never have won the game. Shame we can never know because they will ALWAYS do that unless the fans stop it.
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Hey Chris - I think you are spot-on. My fiancee knows little about football, but she and I talked about the exact same thing in the 2nd half. I was for KC, but it still looks obvious. It's stunning how fast blown calls or no call can change the momentum of a game.

Do many people doubt that the NFL is beyond instructing officials to try and keep as many games as possible competitive in the 4th quarter? Is foot ball more designed for pure entertainment than a true test of skills on the field now?
 
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I shut it off sometime in the third qtr. I saw some sort of fix was in and blew the candles out and went to bed to read and rest. The whole program seemed fake. I saw some things that were entitled and they did not do anything to affect the outcome. By entitled, I mean the players were pretty much all going after a flag more than completing their assignment. Was I entertained.....naw. Not really. I do know some were.
 

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As long as the score was close the officials called a relatively fair game. Once score got lopsided enough to encourage people to no longer watch they used the yellow hankies to tighten up the score and keep viewers.
San Fran intercepts a KC scoring drive in the early fourth quarter pretty much assuring viewers would consider it a game over and leave. Amazingly on third down Garapolo is smashed to with the ground with full helmet to helmet contact. No flag because KC getting the ball back keeps viewers.
Will the Super bowl ever be truly earned again? I'm a Chiefs fan so my bias tends to the Chiefs. Without the officials they probably would never have won the game. Shame we can never know because they will ALWAYS do that unless the fans stop it.
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Oh man.......when Jimmy G was laying on the ground, acting like a drama queen, holding his head.......I thought they would nail the Chiefs with a penalty. Jimmy G’s head had actually flown back, in midair.

For ONCE I was proud of the refs.....they actually just let the players play. ?
 

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As long as the score was close the officials called a relatively fair game. Once score got lopsided enough to encourage people to no longer watch they used the yellow hankies to tighten up the score and keep viewers.
San Fran intercepts a KC scoring drive in the early fourth quarter pretty much assuring viewers would consider it a game over and leave. Amazingly on third down Garapolo is smashed to with the ground with full helmet to helmet contact. No flag because KC getting the ball back keeps viewers.
Will the Super bowl ever be truly earned again? I'm a Chiefs fan so my bias tends to the Chiefs. Without the officials they probably would never have won the game. Shame we can never know because they will ALWAYS do that unless the fans stop it.
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Was the hit on G helmet to helmet though? I haven't seen a replay, and I don't recall one after the play. I thought that was a bit odd. Wanted to see how bad the hit was.
 

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Was the hit on G helmet to helmet though? I haven't seen a replay, and I don't recall one after the play. I thought that was a bit odd. Wanted to see how bad the hit was.

If it's the play I'm thinking of, then there was a replay and the hit was to the shoulder, not the head.
 

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If it's the play I'm thinking of, then there was a replay and the hit was to the shoulder, not the head.
I saw a different play this morning in the article linked about SF blaming the loss on the refs where it sure looked like a helmet to helmet shot. Jimmy G's head snapped back and he was laying on the ground holding it (playing it up for the flag obviously, but he didn't get it.)

ETA: Looks like the crown/front of the helmet hits him right in the chinstrap.

 

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Was the hit on G helmet to helmet though? I haven't seen a replay, and I don't recall one after the play. I thought that was a bit odd. Wanted to see how bad the hit was.

The other guys helmet was below & to the side of Jimmy G’s, but he clipped it at such an angle that JG’s head flew back in midair.
 

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Was the hit on G helmet to helmet though? I haven't seen a replay, and I don't recall one after the play. I thought that was a bit odd. Wanted to see how bad the hit was.
It was one you've seen called.
 

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Was the hit on G helmet to helmet though? I haven't seen a replay, and I don't recall one after the play. I thought that was a bit odd. Wanted to see how bad the hit was.
There was a reply, and it was pretty clear helmet to helmet!
 

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Count me in the crowd that believes that the NFL encourages refs to keep games close. Judgement call quite often seem to go in that direction.
I can certainly buy this more than the league giving actual instructions on which team should win the game. Remember when Super Bowls used to consistently be blowouts? That trend sure has disappeared over the past decade +.
 

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Count me in the crowd that believes that the NFL encourages refs to keep games close. Judgement call quite often seem to go in that direction.

Yep. They ruined the game by doing it, and unfortunately the commish is a moron who's been in over his head since day one and has screwed up everything he's been involved with, so this will never be fixed.
 

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That call on the possible helmet-to-helmet goes both ways but mostly goes uncalled. The defender typically gets benefit of the doubt when he's got his eyes on the QB's chest and leads with his facemask vs. his actual helmet. It wasn't really helmet to helmet so much as it was facemask to facemask. I'm okay with the non call there.
 

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That call on the possible helmet-to-helmet goes both ways but mostly goes uncalled. The defender typically gets benefit of the doubt when he's got his eyes on the QB's chest and leads with his facemask vs. his actual helmet. It wasn't really helmet to helmet so much as it was facemask to facemask. I'm okay with the non call there.
It's definitely a judgment call and in this case I was fine with the flag not being thrown since it wasn't a lopsided officiating performance with the same call going against the niners.

I also would have been fine with the flag being thrown since he did hit him in the chinstrap and they say "head and neck area."
 

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