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Snailracer 2 points ago +2 / -0

Pass interference is when a receiver is grabbed or pushed to keep him from catching the ball before the passed ball arrives. This penalty was called when the defender hadn't actually interfered with the receivers movement, this gave the Rams a first down and half the distance to the goal. Four more tries that they shouldn't have had.

Holding is when an offensive player grabs a defensive player to keep him from moving, the defense is allowed to grab except for grabbing receivers, but the offense isn't allowed to grab. This penalty was called against the Rams because they did it, but it was offset by a personal foul that was not seen by the cameras. So the Rams got away with holding. A personal foul can be almost anything, verbal threats, fighting, or as the rule against hitting with the helmet has been added, it can be for something as simple as bumping an offensive players helmet with a defensive players helmet. No one saw it happen, and instead of the Rams being backed up 10 yards they got a do over.

There also was a 10 yard penalty for a washed up, benched, Bengal player who ran onto the field out of uniform to taunt, this sort of thing could be easily done as a way to hurt the Bengals upcoming drive.

Dualkalibur 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thanks for the explanation fren, just reinforces why I never cared about football all the more though. From an outsiders perspective who only played the odd pickup game during recess and childhood group meetings, I never had the full rule set and never bothered to look them up. Pass interference is one of those rules that from the outside just seems stupid as hell. If defences goal is to keep the offence from scoring or making yards, preventing a receiver from getting the ball in the first place seems to be the best way to accomplish that. Is the rule seriously that you have to LET the designated receivers catch the ball and THEN you can hit him, but you can’t prevent him from getting the ball in the first place?

ThePowerOfPrayer 2 points ago +2 / -0

You can prevent them from catching the ball.

Knocking the ball away is one way.

Catching the ball yourself (interception) is another way.

Grabbing the helmet, jersey or shoulder pads to stop them is not allowed.

Timing your hit with the catch used to be allowed but now can be flagged as targeting.

In any event, it's rigged, just like soccer, hockey, basketball, and other sports are.

Dualkalibur 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thanks. All the more reason to ditch professional sports and do something productive with the time instead.

Snailracer 1 point ago +1 / -0

Sort of, as soon as the ball is there the defender can try to catch the ball or knock it down and tackle the receiver, and they can bump him once within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. And the defender can get in the way, the receiver can't push the defender out of the way, that's a different penalty, offensive pass interference.

The rules used to be different, only holding the receiver was interference, they could bump each other all they wanted, and tackle him within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage as long as they let him get back up. They switched that to bumping, then shortened the distance to 10 yards, and now 5 yards.

Dualkalibur 2 points ago +2 / -0

Nothing like constantly changing rules to piss everyone off.