Denver Broncos: You Make The Call

It’s Monday morning once again and I don’t know about you, but all I can think about is THE pass interference call. Many think it was a bad call while others can easily justify the infraction.

The game was called fairly evenly. The Broncos had 5 penalties for a loss of 81 yards while the Jets had 6 penalties for a loss of 74 yards. There was one offensive pass interference called on each team, but the call that has made headlines is the one against Reynaldo Hill that put the Jets on the 2-yard line with just over a minute remaining. Had the penalty not been called, the Broncos would be 3-3 instead of 2-4.  

As we can see, both players were trying to make a play on the ball while falling down. That’s not the issue here. The issue is that Hill grabbed the facemask of Santonio Holmes. It doesn’t matter if it was inadvertent. It happened and it had an effect on the outcome of the play. 

Before you vote, take a look at the replay one more time.

Was the pass interference call a good call to make?

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  • Big Nasty

    I think dude tried to poke dude eye ballz out

  • lvwireman

    I’m a Bronco fan, and thought it was a good PI call until I saw this replay. You can really see that Hill’s jersey was pulled and that’s why he caught the facemask as he was falling. Still, if we’d hit those missed field goals it would be a non-issue. Gotta play well enough that an occasional blown call doesn’t lose the game, ’cause blown calls happen (see Hochuli).

  • Kim Constantinesco

    Either way it’s hard to see one PI have such a major impact at the end of a game.

  • PJ Guthy


  • PJ Guthy

    What you fail to mention is that there were two penalties on Hill–once when he pushed Holmes on the top of his left shoulder pad (back to the ball) that forced Holmes away from the pass. The second was clear–face mask, pulling him away from the ball. And still-Holmes almost made the catch. Not of the “no way he would have caught it anyway” varied.

    What you also fail to mention is the bogus 15-yard penalty on Jim Leonhard (hit at the catch, knocking Lloyd out of bounds) that was NOT a head hit (confirmed by your coach as a bogus call) that kept your drive going and led to your TD. Did I mention that both the catch on the Leonhard hit (bobbled) and the TD catch (bobbled with possession but not until receiver stepped on the line) should have been called incomplete and the Broncos last TD never should have happened.

    Finally, two very questionable O-pass interference calls against Holmes on Champ Bailey (one clearly bogus) and the call on Cromartie (please!) to the point that I was wondering which games the refs were watching? Starting to think the refs were from the Denver area. In the end, fair call and FINALLY–some payback for all the bad calls against the Jets. Smoke that!