We shared referee Jeff Triplette’s comments after that game and his (lack of) explanation for the calls. You can go places to find breakdowns that show why his calls were bad but I just want to point out one man’s opinion on this.
FOX’s Mike Pereira, who used to be in charge of the referees, is universally regarded as the best of the on-TV referee. People trust what he says, which is rare for a ref these days. And he thinks the referees sucked on Saturday.
Horrible way to start the playoffs. I hate to say it but this was not a good performance by the crew. Teams and fans deserve better.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 7, 2018