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NFL Says They Screwed Up the Trevor Davis PI Call

Watching live, I didn’t think it was pass interference. On review, Shawn didn’t think it was pass interference. It was called as pass interference. We’re, of course, talking about Green Bay Packers’ receiver Trevor Davis’ lone pseudo-highlight this season, a 66-yard pass interference call against the Detroit Lions.

Lo and behold, the NFL reviewed it and they don’t think it was pass interference either.

The defender on the play, cornerback Nevin Lawson, revealed that the league apologized for making an incorrect call.

“It’s definitely frustrating because you get that call wrong,” Lawson said. “The worst part about it is that it affected that drive, and we gave up a touchdown, you know what I’m saying? So we can’t get that back.

“So the only thing we get is an apology, so it’s frustrating. But like I said, we got to continue to play and move on.”

The Packers scored on the “drive,” which was largely made up of that penalty to take a 21-3 lead.

Was there contact? Sure. Very slight contact, but none of us thought it was interference. Call it incidental contact, call it part of the game or whatever you like. It just didn’t look like a penalty. It still doesn’t.

It looks more like Davis took a dive there at the end.

Some people have marveled at Aaron Rodgers’ throw. He did fling it 70-odd yards while rolling to his left and that is impressive. However, the toss looked slightly overthrown to me then and it still looks slightly overthrown.

And no, I’m not on the Detroit Lions’ side, but a lot of people are a little too overexcited about the Packers offense right now. We’re here to bring you back to earth.

Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!



  1. Shawn September 29, 2016

    Actually, I do think Lawson held Davis up a little. The problem is the rule. I am not a do-it-like-college-football guy, but in this case, college has it right. Make PI a 15 yard penalty and auto first down. That is a big enough penalty for what can be a touchy call. The Packers shouldn’t have practically a TD handed to them because Lawson MIGHT have held Davis up. If Davis wasn’t held up, then he misjudged that ball because he clearly slowed down between the 20 and the 10, only to come up short.
    Two things:
    1) Look at where Rodgers released the ball and where the ball lands. Crazy.
    2) Even though he is double-teamed, Jordy is easily open.

    1. PF4L September 29, 2016

      smh…the play wasn’t to Jordy. And its pretty hard for Rodgers to see Jordy when Jordy is on the right side of the field and Rodgers is rolling to his left (because Tretter is being pushed back in Rodgers lap) with his eyes down the field on Davis. C’MON MAN.

      1. PF4L September 29, 2016

        Sorry, i think that’s Taylor

    2. Savage57 September 30, 2016

      Kind of like weed laws used to be in Texas. The punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

      On offense, the officials are relied upon to determine what’s a catch and what isn’t, and although they’ve been leaving huge, steaming piles all over NFL fields when asked to make that decision, something similar needs to be put in place on PI calls.

      If the officials decide it was intentional, as a last ditch effort to stop a significant play, it’s a spot foul. If it’s a ticky-tacky, grabby kind of deal, 15 yards and automatic 1st.

      Yeah, I know, why the hell would we want more subjectivity on PI calls? Because it would add another level of variability and then people wouldn’t have just ‘was it or wasn’t it?’ to argue and harangue each other about, they’d have ‘but what kind of PI was it?’ to piss away excess amounts of time on.

  2. PF4L September 29, 2016

    The call could go either way, you could rule incidental contact with the feet, or if you watch Lawson, he seems to give a little push with his right arm at the same time Davis lost his balance. If you look at it, Lawson raises both arms, as to be like, i didn’t touch him. Or he was doing the “hands up don’t shoot” thing. Idk.

  3. Richard Crainium September 29, 2016

    He grabbed his bicep on his right arm preventing him from reaching out before the ball got there…. That’s not PI? Pfffffft!

  4. The Pumaman September 30, 2016

    The next 1,937,000,876 bad calls that go in favor of the Packers will be a start in making up for the Fail Mary call.

  5. Kmed September 30, 2016

    You got it totally wrong. The pass was perfect but Trevor down-shifted to cruise speed at the 30 yard line allowing the DB to close the gap which caused the incidental trip. If Davis runs flat out the whole way he catches in-stride. he flat out misjudged it which, I guess, is what you get with a rookie.

  6. Deepsky October 2, 2016

    Unless you just started watching football yesterday, you know home town teams always get sketchy call go their way.