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« dnia: 08 Październik, 2018, 09:01:34 »

DENVER (AP) — The NFL spent a lot of time and effort in the offseason simplifying what constitutes a catch and trying to make the game safer with new rules that require both offensive and defensive players to use their heads and not their helmets.

Blunders Sonny Jurgensen Jersey , however, are here to stay.

Take Rob Gronkowski’s spectacular 28-yard catch between two Texans defenders — which maybe wasn’t really a catch — that set up a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half, giving the Patriots a 21-6 lead on their way to a 27-20 victory Sunday.

The catch stood as called, not because NFL headquarters confirmed the reception upon review, but because the league didn’t buzz the officials on the field fast enough to stop the next snap so they could further scrutinize Gronk’s grab.

“New York did get back to us,” referee Tony Corrente said. “However, unfortunately, they didn’t get the game officials on the field until after the (next) play had already started.”

Crucially, the catch/non-catch stood as called.

Houston coach Bill O’Brien, who would have been penalized for throwing his red challenge flag inside the 2-minute warning, could have called timeout to allow the league office more time. But he said he didn’t have a good view of the play himself.

Anyway, the clock was running and O’Brien figured the Texans could hold New England to a field goal.

They couldn’t.

Tom Brady threw a 14-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left.

O’Brien said Monday he thinks it was indeed a catch by Gronkowski.

“On the coach’s film, I really do,” O’Brien said. “He went up; he caught it; he kept both hands underneath it. Now relative to some TV angles and some other video angles that I’ve seen, maybe it was questionable. From the coach’s vantage point on the coach’s tape, it looked like a catch to me.”

We’ll never know what Al Riveron Tyler Bozak Jersey , the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, would have ruled.

SEATTLE SLOW

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was slow on the draw in Denver after Broncos rookie running back Royce Freeman put the ball on the ground for an apparent fumble Sunday. But just like Brady in Foxborough, Case Keenum hustled up to the line and the Broncos got the next snap off quickly.

“They were going fast and I had a couple of seconds to throw it and I’ve got to find an official,” Carroll explained after Seattle’s 27-24 loss. “I threw it, but he said it was too late to call it, which I’m sure he was right about that. I just needed to respond a little bit faster. I didn’t hear the word from upstairs as quickly as I needed to get it executed before they hurried up.

“That’s how the hurry-up does help you once in a while.”

Or hurt you.

FLAG FOOTBALL

There were 26 penalties enforced in the NFL opener between the Eagles and Falcons to go with offsetting penalties on a Philadelphia punt in the fourth quarter.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson, however, is convinced the officials accidentally called a foul on them when it was actually on Atlanta.

The officials called holding on No. 39 of the Eagles even though there wasn’t anyone on the field for Philly wearing that number. Replays showed that No. 39 on the Falcons, Deante Burton, committed holding.

OUT OF SIGHT …

Seattle six-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas ended his holdout last week after his pay-me-or-trade-me demands were ignored by the Seahawks. He had an interception that set up Seattle’s first touchdown of the season.

Two-time Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell stayed away from the Pittsburgh Steelers amid public criticism from some of his own offensive linemen. And his replacement starred.

By reporting to the Seahawks last week, albeit begrudgingly, Thomas assured he won’t miss out on his roughly $500,000 weekly paychecks, although he still wants more than the $8.5 million he’ll make in 2018, in the final year of his contract.

“During the game I’m not thinking about it,” Thomas said. “I’m out here having fun with B-Mac (safety Bradley McDougald) and the guys. So http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/blake-martinez-jersey , I’m not thinking about it. When I get asked about it, it definitely runs across my mind.”

Bell’s contract dispute triggered teammates to turn on him last week, when center Maurkice Pouncey said, “Honestly it’s a little selfish. I’m kind of (ticked) right now. It sucks that he’s not here. We’ll move on as a team.”

That, they did.

On a day quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice, Bell’s sub, James Conner, was steady, scoring two touchdowns, rushing for 135 yards and adding 57 more on five catches as the Steelers escaped Cleveland with a 21-21 tie.

His 192 total yards matched Bell’s best game from last season.

“I’m so tired of Le’Veon,” Steelers right guard David DeCastro told reporters. “I’m so tired of it. Let’s just worry about the guys that are here. I know you guys have stories to write and what not. I love Le’Veon, but we have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s the only people that matter.”

TWITTER TROLL

Dez Bryant is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys, but on Sunday his thoughts sure were .

The free-agent wide receiver called out his former team with a series of critical tweets as the Cowboys lost their opener, 16-8 at Carolina.

Bryant was released in April after eight seasons with the team and remains unsigned.

When one fan asked Bryant to have his agent call Cowboys owner Jerry Jones so Dallas could re-si If the Golden State Warriors are worried as they head into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on the brink of elimination, they aren’t showing it.

”We have a chance to tie the series at home. That’s a pretty good position to be in,” coach Steve Kerr said. ”We’ve got to win two basketball games and we’ve done that an awful lot http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-matthew-stafford-jersey , so we’re very confident.”

The defending champions trail Houston 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after consecutive wins by the Rockets, capped by Thursday night’s 98-94 victory . Now the series shifts to Oracle Arena, a place where the Warriors have lost just one time in their last 17 playoff games.
 
Stephen Curry said the Warriors are encouraged despite falling behind in the series because they believe both games could have gone their way and that a few simple corrections will get them back on track.

”We have an opportunity to re-establish ourselves at home, get a big win, keep ourselves alive, and then roll the dice into Game 7,” Curry said. ”Not all is lost.”

Houston’s big win in Game 5 was tempered by a hamstring injury to star Chris Paul which will keep him out of Saturday’s game. It’s a major blow for a team which is looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in more than two decades.

The Rockets believe they can absorb this loss and don’t seem daunted by the setback, noting that they found ways to win in the regular season in many games where Paul sat out with injuries.

”I don’t have a doubt,” D’Antoni said. ”They see the challenge … whether CP’s there or not, it’s a heck of a challenge, and they’re up to it. They’re looking forward to it.”

James Harden, who has struggled offensively in the last two games and went 0 for 11 on 3s in Game 5, rolled his eyes when asked if Paul’s injury puts more pressure on him.

”Pressure for what? It’s Game 6 of the Western Conference finals,” he said. ”There is pressure on everybody.”

While that may be true, the onus is on Harden to step up and deliver an MVP-caliber performance if the Rockets hope to close out this series. Harden has had plenty of playoff disappointments in the last few years and embraces the chance to get Houston back into the finals.

”It’s an opportunity that a lot of people never had and probably won’t ever have,” he said. ”It’s our job to go out there and have fun with it and do the same thing we’ve been doing. We want to take advantage of it.”

While the Rockets will be down a starter Kyle Van Noy Jersey , the Warriors could get one back if Andre Iguodala can return on Saturday. The Warriors have missed the defensive presence of Iguodala who has missed the last two games with a bruised left knee.

Iguodala is listed on the injury report as questionable for Game 6 and Kerr said he didn’t have an update on his condition on Friday. But he did address what it would mean to Golden State if he’s healthy enough to go on Saturday.

”He’s a great player,” Kerr said. ”He’s one of our keys, and we’ve missed him the last two games. But we can’t count on it. Injuries happen, and you’ve just got to play with whoever’s out there. So we’re hoping he’s back, and we’ll see what happens.”

Iguodala’s absence has been magnified in this series that has morphed into a defensive slugfest instead of the high-scoring shootout that most expected when it began. The Rockets take great pride in the fact that they’ve limited Golden State to less than 100 points in the last two games and think continuing to play great defense is the only way they’ll advance.

”It’s something we talked about building up all year,” Houston’s P.J. Tucker said. ”To see our defense now be as good as it is, we still think it could be a lot better. We watched film, and honestly … we didn’t play great defense last night. Everybody will talk about how good a defense we played, but we really don’t feel like that. So just keep working and trying to get better.”

Kerr said the experience of his team, which is trying to reach the finals for the fourth straight year, will be valuable as the Warriors try and climb out of this hole and force Game 7. He referenced the conference finals in 2016 when they fell behind Oklahoma City 3-1 before winning the next three to take the series.

”We’ve been here before,” Kerr said. ”We’ve faced elimination on the road before – this team has – a few years ago. We faced series deficits before. We’ve won all of those series. Our guys have the ultimate confidence that we can get it done this time, too.”
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