February 29, 2024

The officiating crew from this previous weekend’s Cowboys-Lions sport has been assigned one more high-profile sport, this one with playoff implications.

Brad Allen and his crew turned Public Enemy No. 1 when video appeared to point out Detroit offensive linemen Taylor Decker, Penei Sewell and Dan Skipper seemingly discussing eligibility earlier than a two-point conversion that was initially profitable, being caught by Decker.

Nonetheless, referees dominated that Decker by no means reported as eligible, and thus, a flag was thrown, wiping out the play. The Lions ultimately misplaced, 20-19.

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Dec 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Referee Brad Allen (122) talks together with his referee crew through the second half of the sport between the New York Jets and the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium.  (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Within the postgame, the reasons contradicted one another. Lions quarterback Jared Goff stated he was certain Decker reported as an eligible receiver and Skipper had not. Allen stated Skipper reported to him as an eligible receiver however then went to the deal with spot, which meant he didn’t need to report in any respect. Decker was already within the sport.

NFL followers, and seemingly the Lions, appeared sure that referees deemed the fallacious lineman eligible, robbing the Lions of a probable victory.

It was then later revealed that this wasn’t the primary primetime scandal involving Allen’s crew.

Properly, Allen and Co. could have one other tall process on their arms this week.

That crew might be in Baltimore for a vital matchup between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens have already clinched the No. 1 seed within the AFC, and Lamar Jackson seemingly cemented his second MVP Award together with his five-touchdown efficiency this previous weekend. So, the Purple Birds don’t have a lot to play for.

Referee Brad Allen (122) checks the moment replay through the sport between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 22, 2023 at Lincoln Monetary Discipline.  (Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

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Nonetheless, this sport means every thing for the black and yellow.

The Steelers don’t management their very own future for a path to the playoffs, however a victory retains them alive.

If the Steelers do get the win on the street, they may want one of many Buffalo Payments or Jacksonville Jaguars to lose — or they may want the Colts-Texans matchup to finish in a tie.

A loss to the Ravens doesn’t formally knock Pittsburgh out, however they would want tons of assist.

If the Steelers lose, they would want the Jaguars to win, the Denver Broncos to lose, and they might want the Colts-Texans sport to not finish in a tie.

Dan Campbell with refs

Head coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions reacts to a penalty throughout a two level conversion try towards the Dallas Cowboys through the fourth quarter within the sport at AT&T Stadium on December 30, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.  (Ron Jenkins/Getty Photos)

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However one factor is for sure: The Steelers don’t need to need to root for a sport to not finish in a tie, so one might assume Mike Tomlin could have prolonged discussions with Allen and crew main into the 4:30 p.m. ET matinée this Saturday.

Tomlin stated Mason Rudolph will get the beginning regardless of Kenny Pickett being wholesome.

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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