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The Jacksonville Jaguars seemed headed for a sure loss yesterday after falling behind Indianapolis by one point with 1 minute 7 seconds to play, but a penalty in the final 30 seconds helped bail them out and secure a 23-21 win.

Jacksonville was facing fourth down and one from its 29 when quarterback David Garrard threw a short pass to his right intended for wide receiver Reggie Williams. The pass fell incomplete and wasn't close to being caught, but officials threw a flag.

The Jaguars got a reprieve from going 0-3 when referee James Coleman announced pass interference against Colts linebacker Freddie Keiaho, drawing a chorus of boos from incredulous fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville now had first down and 10 at its 40. Garrard completed a 10-yard pass to Montell Owens to midfield and a nine-yarder to Marcedes Lewis to move into Colts territory. On second and one, Garrard completed an eight-yarder to Mike Walker, and the Jaguars called timeout with eight seconds to play.

Place kicker Josh Scobee made a 51-yard field goal, and the Jaguars avoided falling three games behind Tennessee in the AFC South.

What did you think of the marginal pass interference call that set up the decisive field goal?

By Gene Wang  |  September 22, 2008; 12:20 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Fire them all! They can't even make a good call, just like the Denver game; they are blind and are destroying the game.

Posted by: Steve | September 22, 2008 12:25 PM

review them and grade them after each game and if they blow a call fine them or penalize them from doing postseason work or suspend them for repeated bad calls

Posted by: frank | September 22, 2008 12:55 PM


Posted by: MIKE | September 22, 2008 1:02 PM

If you watch the play in question, the WR was clearly "knocked off" his route by the LB, which then made the ball "uncatchable". This is the definition of Pass Interference. And as sweet irony would have it, this call is the direct result of all the crybaby lobbying made by Bill Polian a few short years ago when New England was knocking Colt WRs off their routes 10 yards downfield.

So ha…ha!

Chew on that Mr. Polian.

And nice try on hanging the loss of the refs.

Posted by: Ronnie P. | September 22, 2008 1:03 PM

Yeah, 236 yards rushing and a 40:00 time of possession had nothing to do with this loss. Sheesh.

Posted by: Ronnie P. | September 22, 2008 1:05 PM

How do you spell "FIX?" There was an earlier play that was totally unbelieveable to me. Indianapolis was driving the ball when Peyton Manning threw a pass to his wide receiver. The defender grabbed the receiver by his jersey, pulled him backwards, then stepped in front of him, intercepted the pass and ran it back for a touchdown. No penalty was called? How did all the officials miss this blatant foul?

Posted by: | September 22, 2008 2:49 PM

The 4th down play was questionable but not much to complain about. It could have gone either way.

However on Manning's pick-six the non call was truly awful. If that wasn't pass interference, then I do not know what pass interference is.

Posted by: John Gibson | September 22, 2008 6:45 PM

People are always talking about how bad the officials are. As a current high school official, I'd like to see the critics get out there and officiate. Then, let's see how you'll tone down your criticisms.

Posted by: Dwayne Smith | September 23, 2008 12:31 PM

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