After rallying to force overtime with a field goal late in regulation, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Baltimore Ravens 22-19 on a game-winning field goal. How they got into position for the score, however, stirred some controversy.
Colts-Ravens Missed Pass Interference Penalty
After a pair of punts and a Colts turnover on downs, Baltimore got the ball back at its own 46 with a chance to drive down the field for a game-winning score.
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The Ravens faced 4th-and-3 from the Indianapolis 47, and Lamar Jackson looked to Zay Flowers for a pass near the line to gain, but Flowers was pulled down by E.J. Speed as he stretched out to try and make the catch.
Pass interference was not called here..
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) September 24, 2023
If pass interference had been called, the Ravens (2-1) would have been awarded an automatic first down and had possession within kicker Justin Tucker’s range for a game-winning field goal attempt. Instead, the Colts (2-1) got possession and converted one first down before Matt Gay made a 53-yard field goal to win it.
Baltimore also had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but Tucker missed short on a 61-yard field goal try.
Fans React To No-Call
Ravens fans and pundits alike took to Twitter to voice their frustrations about the lack of a penalty on the crucial play.
The Ravens lost because the refs either had money on the game or they just decided they wanted the colts to win. That was some of the most horrid officiating I’ve seen.
— TheBrotherRuck (@BrotherRuck) September 24, 2023
The ravens went for it on 4th and 3 and the colts had a pass interference that wasn’t called that the announcers said it should have been called which would’ve put them in field goal range and would’ve won the game instead they didn’t call it and the ravens lost the game @NFL
— AustiN (@the_Real_Antko) September 24, 2023
Wow. Don't have any love or hate for the Colts or Ravens, but the refs just screwed the Ravens on that clear case of defensive pass interference. Didn't watch the rest of the game, but a hook causing change of direction on a player before the ball gets there is clearly DPI.
— Joey Fletcher (@Kailef) September 24, 2023