As for Suggs, you are right you don't touch the ref for any reason but at that point Carey had let the game get out of control and made it real personal.
The calls at one point were so lopsided that once the game was decided they started making calls against the Lions to make up for the discrepancy.
He had a very bad day in 2005 but has since made up for it and then some.
Some posters on this board (not you) don't believe that there can be two sides to a story but that's there problem.
Good coaching staffs will scout the officials and their tendencies and use it to their advantage as possible.
The indiviual refs are graded for calls and the crews for things like the clock and things like that.
So in the playoffs they usually mix the crews up with the highest rated officals. Obic if people in Careys crew score high they will work with him. But its not always the head Ref who screws the game, sometimes its a bad BJ or LJ that makes bad calls so he is rated bad and we think its the ref. all he is doing is announcing the call that the other offical threw the flag for.
I dont think winter though will get a playoff game as he individually made bad calls as did cheffers. some refs on their crews might though
i like NE in the division round better then DEN I dont want to play DEN unless there is a trip to the super bowl on the line. We can beat NE as we are a bad matchup for them and always play them close and when we have lost to them it has been because we messed up, not them beating us
People here sometimes act like people are traitors if they don't predict we win every game and finish every year in the Super Bowl. I'm being realistic. Of course I think we CAN win and HOPE we do.
Carey tried, but Ravens take the luck they have and win anyway.
But the rule is all wrong.
Pollard went in sideways and ducked his head to avoid helmet to helmet & shoulder to helmet IMPACT.
But because of the IMPACT to the WR's chest, the WR's head snapped forward and there was CONTACT between his helmet and Pollard's.
IMPACT to the head causes concussions
CONTACT to the head does not.
The NFL should be embarrassed with itself for not wanting to make that distinction because they're true agenda, and thus main focus, is to sell that they are doing all they can to eliminate head injuries because of these recent (and future) lawsuits.
Michael Carey continued to show that he is either one of the most incompetent or the most corrupt officials in all of professional sports. This was a horribly called game. I'd prefer to think Carey is just stupid, but there's a good chance that he just plain wanted the Colts to beat the spread today.
Give us the ref that Harbaugh respects for the next game, Gene Steratore
I can't say I recall any horrible games from him. Maybe he's poor but from watching from NFL Sound FX, Harbs respects him
edit, I remember the "Calvin Johnson rule" but that was good officiating, all they can do is enforce the rules that exist
It literally happens every time in that situation--go back and look at Ray's hit on Keller from 2010 that was cited as an "ideal tackle" by the league. Ray CONTACTED Keller's helmet on the play, but it wasn't called because at that time the NFL was more sensible in how they applied the rule. Nowadays, if I were an NFL receiver I would just lower the side of my head into the defender every play for a free 15 yards, at virtually no risk to myself.