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The referee interferes with the Vikings defender on a touchdown pass from Washington to Curtis Samuel

The referee interferes with the Vikings defender on a touchdown pass from Washington to Curtis Samuel

November 6, 2022;  Landover, Maryland, USA;  Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) makes a touchdown reception between Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) and safety Camryn Bynum (24) during the second half at FedExField.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Referees cannot mark themselves for pass interference.

That’s good for Washington commanders.

Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke elw a wild touchdown pass to curtis samuel on sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. He received help from an official along the way.

Facing second-and-7 from Minnesota’s 49-yard line early in the third quarter, Heinicke looked deep to Samuel on a triple-coverage route. Viking safety Camryn Bynum he had a heel on the pass and was in position to make a play on the ball. That is until he ran into an unexpected obstruction.

The downfield official found himself in traffic, and Bynum grabbed him as he prepared to make a play. Bynum and the referee fell to the turf and Samuel scooped up the ball and rolled into the end zone untouched for a 49-yard score to give Washington a 10-7 lead.

Officials reviewed the play to confirm that Samuel was not touched before rolling into the end zone. Pass interference by an official is, of course, not a thing. Even if it were, it would not be reviewable.

“The officiating is part of the field,” explained Fox officiating analyst Dean Blandino. “Just a bad break.”

Samuel was not touched, and the play stood to give Washington a three-point lead.

That’s a tough way to give up a touchdown on the road. Fortunately for the Vikings, it didn’t cost them the game. They scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure it 20-17 win.



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