Will the Super Bowl Be Decided by Penalties?
Super Bowl LV Can be decided by penalty. And if that happens, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a distinct, sinister and perhaps unfortunate (for Kansas City chiefs) advantage.
Were the opponents of the Buccaneers Charged with 24 Interruption penalties passed during the regular season, the highest total since Football Outsiders began tracking statistics in 1985. The Buccaneers benefited from 395 yards on those violations. If the pass interference was a man, it would be the Buccaneers’ sixth most productive receiver, contributing more to their passing game than tight end Cameron Brett.
Now, suggesting that Brady gets a reputation-based “superstar call” would be as sacrilegious as provoking that Michael Jordan got away with traveling every now and then, or Alex Rodriguez compared to the average slogger Benefited from a narrow strike zone. perish the thought.
A less sinister account of the Buccaneers’ interference record is that an experienced quarter defender like Brady can joust his receivers and throw passes in their direction, knowing that he either receives a catch or a flag. Will do. In fact, the league-leading beneficiary of pass interference penalties in recent seasons is actually Phillip River in 2019 and 2017, Willie (read: old) Giants at Drew Breeds in 2018.
In all the regular seasons, the Buccaneers were charged with 11 fewer penalties for 300 fewer yards than their opponents, the biggest net difference in the NFL being closer to the other end of the Chiefs’ spectrum: they scored eight more penalties than their opponents For 159 yards levied, he has the sixth-worst net yardage differential in the league.
The Chiefs scored 23 offensive penalty penalties, the NFL’s second-largest total during a regular season The authorities called the intrusion Least time since 1998 at least. The chiefs made 23 false starts, which tied for the third-highest figure. Most upset for the team facing the Brady Untouchables, the Chiefs defenders were flagged for 15 defensive pass interference penalties, the third-largest total in the NFL
The mains also had an unfortunate pattern of withdrawing big plays due to aggressive plays. According to the NFL Game Stats and Information System, the Chiefs had 310 offensive yards from penalties, the second-highest in the league. A caught penalty negated the touchdown they suffered in their Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and many Chiefs wins were short compared to theirs as a clear touchdown or 20-yard gain turned into a 10-yard deficit.
The Buccaneers had just 142 yards. After all, only a diabolical will throw a flag that can give our banging society a chance to cherish one of Brady’s final memorable moments, right?
Kidding aside, officials are usually too busy to create a split-second interpretation of the NFL’s Arkan Rule book to keep track of whether a living legend or a mere man with a receiver to trick a defender Whether or not it was thrown by the mortal. Still, the majors have earned a reputation as talented-but-scattered students who lose points for forgetting their names to write their works, while Brady is so irrelevant that the teacher compares him to the answer key Is more likely to believe in.
Whether or not there is a small part of the unconscious bias in the game, each team’s penalty instincts can create the perception of a one-sided offense, which then could have overshadowed the Super Bowl.
The blatant offense has already become one of the major subplots of the 2020 postseason. The Buccaneers benefited from just a pass interference penalty in the playoffs, but it was a whisper: a fourth call against Green Bay Packers defender Kevin King against receiver Tyler Johnson in the NFC Championship Game allowed the Buccaneers third-down conversion Granted. To run them off the clock. The It was appropriate to call – Johnson’s undershirt can be clearly seen pulling away from King’s grasp on the replay – but officials in that game fell short of allowing defenders to take piggyback rides on receivers’ shoulders for the last 58 minutes .
In the divisional round, the chiefs were hit with an unbuttoned helmet, making Cleval Browns possible Touchdown in a thunder for a touchback. The no-call just happened to favor a more popular and marketable team.
The last thing the NFL wants is a repeat of Super Bowl XL, with the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, with some help Famous suspect, Including A touchdown call for the Steelers After a run at which Ben Rothlisberger’s helmet (but no other part of his body, nor football) crossed the plane of the goal line on a sneak. Call speculated that the NFL was eager to prepare the more popular team toward victory.
Of course, Buchner is hosting Super Bowl LV, where 25,000 socially distant fan attendees will probably skew toward the home team. And while the majors have no shortage of star power, the seventh Brady Championship will certainly make a spectacular climax for this epidemic-stricken season.
The NFL certainly does not fix its results; If this happens, the Jets will become competitive at least once in a while. Either way the Super Bowl LV. It would make no sense to hand Brady and the Buccaneers. But season averages suggest the Buccaneers can catch 40 to 50 yards on penalties, which will likely come in large part of pass interference calls and negative Chiefs touchdowns.
Should this happen, conspiracy theorists will have a lot to talk about after the game.