Knicks star says NFL ref should be ‘suspended’ after controversial no-call on Patrick Mahomes pass

Knicks star says NFL ref should be ‘suspended’ after controversial no-call on Patrick Mahomes pass

Once again NFL officials were at the centre of a controversial no-call at the business end of a game.

The Kansas City Chiefs trailed the Green Bay Packers by eight points on their final offensive drive on Sunday, but a blatant missed pass interference call ultimately cost them the game, 27-19.

Officials should have called pass interference on the Packers defender but for some reason failed to call throw the flag

After benefiting from an unnecessary roughness call, Kansas quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a pass to receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling deep down field.

However, the Chiefs’ wideout was clearly impeded by Packers defender Carrington Valentine, who was climbing all over the back of him.

It was as obvious a defensive pass interference as you’re ever likely to see, but officials failed to call a penalty.

Fans went mad on social media, with stars from other sports even weighing in on the incident.

New York Knicks guard Josh Hart was watching on like the rest of us and couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

He took to X, formerly Twitter, to share his frustration at the refs.

“Ref should be suspended for a couple of weeks,” he tweeted.

Despite the officiating being a major talking point in the game, afterwards, Mahomes took responsibility for his part in the loss.

The Kansas QB was reluctant to blame officials and instead looked at his own performanceCredit: AP

“Obviously, the guy was probably a little early, but at the end of the game, they’re letting guys play,” Mahomes said about the obvious pass interference on the Chiefs’ final drive. “I’m kind of about that. I rather you let the guys play and let the guys win on the field, but it’s hard.

“I can’t be wanting a flag. I have to try to go out there and win the game myself and with the rest of my teammates.”

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NFL referee Brad Allen later explained the decision not to throw the flag after the game.

“As you may know, on every play where there may or may not be pass interference, either offensive or defensive, the covering official has to rule whether contact materially restricts the receiver,” Allen said.

“And in this case, the covering officials were in good position and ruled that there was no material restriction that rose to the level of defensive pass interference.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 03: Taylor Swift and Brittany Mahomes react in a suite during the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 03, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Credit: Getty Images

“I’m not aware that catchability was involved,” he added. “The covering official simply did not feel that there was the level of contact that rose to a material restriction for defensive pass interference.”

The blown call was particularly costly as had officials thrown the flag the Chiefs would have had a first down inside the red zone with a chance to tie the game.

It was one of many questionable officiating decisions on the night, which included a missed pass interference against Travis Kelce on a Hail Mary right at the death.

In the end though, the Chiefs lost the game 27-19 and slipped to 8-4 for the season – good enough for the No.4 seed in the AFC.

The Packers, meanwhile, are now 6-6 and into a playoff position as the No.7 seed in the NFC.