“We’re damned by TV at times. It is what it is,” said Pardew, who was speaking before the FA’s ruling on Jedinak. “That’s the point I’m trying to make, like our televised game against West Ham. “The punditry seems to be having a greater and greater effect on the decision process at the FA. “That’s a little bit worrying. I hope you’re governed by the FA, not by what people are saying on the TV.” It is not the first time this season television pundits have come under scrutiny after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho accused Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp of being overly-critical of Diego Costa in January. Referees have been heavily criticised in recent weeks but Pardew insists that overall, officials do an excellent job in this country. “You have to put it into context – the standard of refereeing in England is great,” Pardew said. “That’s overlooked at times. Like all things it’s little waves of periods where something happens and things get highlighted. Press Association Palace captain Mile Jedinak is set to face a four-match ban after he was charged by the FA with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham’s Diafra Sakho on Saturday. The Eagles’ 3-1 victory at Upton Park was televised on BT Sport and Pardew believes the extra media spotlight can be a decisive factor in whether retrospective action is taken. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told the Football Association not to be swayed by television pundits when it comes to making disciplinary decisions. “It’s a very difficult situation they’re in. When they get incidents wrong and get relegated, I’m not so sure that’s a great idea. “We all make poor decisions and get things wrong. I don’t see missing a week is a good thing.” Pardew added: “What I’ve been saying for the last four years, and what I say every year at the referees’ meeting, is that we should have professional assistants. “I think that will happen. I hope so. The level of game we’re talking about and the incidents we’re having, the fact we haven’t got professional assistants makes it ridiculous to me.” Palace face a trip to Southampton on Tuesday, hoping to extend an eight-point gap above the relegation zone. Saints meanwhile will be desperate to resurrect their challenge for the top four, having won just once in their last five league matches. “It’s sometimes not about personnel, it can be about form and momentum, it can drift away from you,” Pardew said. “They’ll want to get it back and a win will do that – any win, and that’s what they’ll want against us. “It’s hard to sustain a 38-game programme in the Premier League without having periods where it becomes difficult. “Southampton are finding that but they’ll navigate their way through it.”
Is this worth being upset about?No.Seahawks fans will probably declare “Jimmy Graham was short!” for years to come, just like Cowboys fans have said “Dez caught it!” But this play is far less controversial than the Bryant non-catch. It seemed like Graham picked up the first, but even if he didn’t, the scenario made it extremely difficult for Seattle to win, anyway.Also, this play is not the reason Seattle lost the game. There were plenty of other opportunities for victory, like not being down 28-10 in the second half. Here’s the scenario: It was third-and-9 at the Seattle 45-yard line. The Seahawks had a timeout and were trailing by five points. A stop likely would force Green Bay to punt the ball with about 1:48 remaining.Instead, Seattle gave up a catch to Graham, who was tackled with the ball right at the first down marker. It appeared Graham was clearly short, but that’s because Fox’s computer-generated yellow first down marker for the TV audience was misplaced.MORE: Marshawn Lynch offers advice for NFL playersThe yellow first down line on TV“Jimmy Graham was clearly short.”Just stop. The yellow line is and always has been unofficial. And in this case, the yellow line wasn’t even close. pic.twitter.com/3Vc9Nw4SBn— Packers Stuff (@Packers_Stuff) January 13, 2020A lot of people, myself included, thought the play was short on initial viewing because he was clearly tackled before the yellow line on replay. But a closer inspection of the play shows the yellow line was fairly inaccurate, being placed slightly ahead of the actual first down marker.MORE: Davante Adams proves he’s a superstar in Packers winVideo evidence of Jimmy Graham’s catchThis is the main replay of Graham’s catch.It’s a tough angle, and there’s not really much you can take away from it. He could have the first, he could be a few inches short. But another angle of the play shows what happened with a little more clarity.Graham’s legs kind of flop around in the air, with one landing on top of the Seahawks defender tackling him. This means he is not down until the front part of his body lands, and that’s pretty much right at the first down marker. He almost lands right at the yellow line, which we’ve already noted is past the first down marker.Even if Graham was short, this would have led to a fourth-and-inches play for Green Bay. A QB sneak up the middle probably would have sealed the game one play later.What did Pete Carroll and Aaron Rodgers say about the catch?Even with the yellow first down marker being wrong, the play was close. Several Seahawks players felt it was short, as did coach Pete Carroll.”My guys just were telling me it was short, you know?” Carroll said after the game. “It looked short and had they called him short, then it would’ve been short. It’s the same thing last week: you call ’em a score, you let ’em score. They wouldn’t overturn that one — I’m going back to the Niners game, I guess. That’s how it goes.”MORE: How Packers can upset 49ersWhen Aaron Rodgers was asked about it post-game, he said he couldn’t really see a clear angle of the play when he was on the field. But the Packers QB did add, “We kind of got hosed on the first quarter one, so I was hoping we didn’t get hosed again.”Rodgers is likely referring to the fumble by Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister. Officials ruled on replay that he did fumble, but there was no clear recovery, so the play stood as a first down rather than a turnover. The Packers escaped with another controversial NFL playoff win Sunday night when they defeated the Seahawks 28-23 in the divisional round.In 2014 the phrase was “Dez caught it,” but in 2020, the phrase is “Jimmy Graham was short.” This is the result of a questionable decision by the officials on a critical third-down play coming out of the two minute warning.