Raiders News: NFL SVP of Officiating says inadvertent whistle wasn’t

The Las Vegas Raiders’ season ended with a 26-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday night but, in typical 2021-22 Raiders fashion, the loss sparked some controversy.

On a third-and-four late in the first half, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow rushed to his right and ended up throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd. However, there was a whistle that was heard over the broadcast as the ball was in the air.

This should have resulted in a replay of the third attempt and taking the touchdown off the board, but the referees regrouped after play and the points stood. While said decision sparked drama surrounding the outcome of what was a one-possession game, Walt Anderson, Senior Vice President of NFL Officiating stood behind the call of officials in an interview with PFWA’s Paul Dehner.

PD: “Can you tell us about the conversations that took place on the inadvertent whistle during Cincinnatti’s touchdown in the second quarter?

WA: “We confirmed with the referee and his team on this play, they determined they had a whistle, but the whistle for them on the pitch was blown after the ball was caught.

PD: “So they didn’t think the whistle was blown while the ball was in the air?”

WA: “That’s right. They didn’t feel the whistle was blown until the receiver caught the ball.

PD: “Where does the whistle come from?

WA: “It was one of the officials on the ground who denounced.”

PD: “Do you know if it was the back judge, or who it was exactly?”

WA: “No. The decision on the field was a touchdown. But we have yet to confirm any reviewable aspects of the play. So we have confirmed that the pass was thrown before the quarterback went out of bounds. We have also determined that the pass was caught in the end zone by the receiver, who was not out of bounds.

I don’t think anyone disputes that the pass wasn’t taken inbounds or that Burrow was inbounds when he dropped it, but to me it’s pretty clear that the whistle sounded before the end of the game. Who knows, maybe Tre’von Moehrig loses Boyd in cover anyway and it’s still a touchdown, but to deny that the whistle was blown prematurely seems like an outright lie.

The video of the play is below, so you’ll be the judge.

It should also be noted that Sterator gene – of index card fame – said the play had an inadvertent whistle and should have been replayed.

In other Raiders links:

  • 5 things we learned: Check out Williamson’s takeaway from yesterday’s playoff game.
  • TDL Instant reaction: Silver and Black Pride writers Marcus Johnson and yours truly (Matt Holder) gave their first thoughts on the Raiders season and their future.
  • Derek Carr’s future with Raiders likely tied to hiring head coach“Las Vegas and Carr have a mutual decision to make this offseason, and sources say head coach choice will be a factor,” by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
  • The players plead for the return of Bisaccia“If it were up to me, I think everyone in the world knows my decision. I like Rich, says Maxx Crosby. “Obviously I’m biased, but he’s a great coach. He came in and gave us ten wins. We came down the road, on a short week, and gave Cincinnati everything they could handle. It just shows that Rich is a great leader.

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