Referee Brad Allen, Noted for Lions-Cowboys Call, to Officiate Week 18 TV Game

NFL Refereeing Under Intense Spotlight After Crucial Game.

by Nouman Rasool
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Referee Brad Allen, Noted for Lions-Cowboys Call, to Officiate Week 18 TV Game
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In a move that has left fans and commentators buzzing, the NFL has decided to place referee Brad Allen at the center of another high-stakes game, just a week following his controversial handling of the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys clash.

This decision comes amidst a wave of criticism directed at Allen for a pivotal call that arguably altered the outcome of the Week 17 encounter. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Allen and his crew are slated to officiate the upcoming nationally televised game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

This assignment on ABC/ESPN is notable, considering it follows closely on the heels of an officiating debacle that many believe cost the Lions a crucial victory.

Controversial Final Minute

The controversy centers around a moment in the final minute of the Lions Cowboys game.

Trailing 20-19, the Lions seemed to have snatched a lead with a successful 2-point conversion, only for it to be nullified by penalties against Taylor Decker and Dan Skipper. Decker, alleged to be an ineligible receiver, and Skipper, cited for illegal formation, were at the heart of the disputed call.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Decker insists he declared his eligibility to Allen, a claim supported by video evidence. However, Allen's post-game explanation contradicted this, adding fuel to the fire of public scrutiny.

This is not the first instance of Allen and his team being embroiled in officiating controversies this season.

A notable oversight occurred in Week 13 during a game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, where a critical pass interference call was missed, arguably influencing the game's outcome.

Despite these incidents, Schefter's Sunday report revealed that Allen and his crew are expected to be "downgraded" for the playoff games due to their recent errors.

This backdrop makes their assignment to a nationally televised game, especially one where Pittsburgh's playoff hopes hang in the balance, all the more intriguing and potentially contentious. As the Steelers and Ravens prepare for their showdown, the spotlight isn't just on the players but also on the officials, with Allen's crew in particular under intense scrutiny.

This matchup, crucial in the race to the playoffs, is now set against a backdrop of officiating controversy, adding an extra layer of drama to an already anticipated game.

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