The 23 yard pass interference call on Anthony Levine was a game changer for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. It put Phillip Rivers and the Chargers on the one yard line with under a minute to play and set up the go ahead touchdown pass to Eddie Royal.
“My understanding is that both players, the offensive and defensive player, are supposed to have an opportunity to go make a play on the ball,” John Harbaugh explained to the media after the game. “I saw a corner trying to make a play on the ball with a forearm in his chest and clavicle area being held down, not allowed to jump for the ball.”
It’s an incredibly difficult call for the referees to make, but unfortunately (for Ravens fans), it was the correct call. Here’s what Nadeek K found after re-watching the film for RavensFilmReview.BlogSpot.com:
Watching the replay shows that Levine make contact with Floyd before he plays the ball. He initiates contact with Floyd then turns his head to defend the ball. The call was correct in this case.