Ball don’t lie: 3 worst calls from Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10): (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

An additional slate of NFL games is likely to result in at least three more poor calls with implications for the playoffs. Thankfully, the officials didn’t directly impact a playoff spot, or seeding.

The worst calls from Week 18 were rather simple — a surprise given the pure number of playoff spots on the line.

The AFC and NFC playoff fields are set, and an extra postseason spot means officials will have at least one more chance to ruin the NFL’s tournament of champions.

Here’s the Wild Card weekend playoff schedule:

Saturday, Jan. 15:

  • Raiders at Bengals, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Patriots at Bills 8:15 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 16

  • Eagles at Buccaneers at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • 49ers at Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Steelers at Chiefs, 8.15 p.m. ET

Monday, Jan. 17

  • Cardinals at Rams 8:15 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Chargers had to contend with the fact that the Raiders didn’t agree to play for the tie in overtime. This made them the last team left in the AFC and NFL Playoffs. Instead, the Steelers and Raiders made it to the postseason.

3 Worst Calls from Week 18: Raiders Draw Pass Interference

Zay Jones’ performance Sunday night against Chargers deserves an Oscar. In a tie-and-you’re-in scenario, both the Chargers and Raiders could’ve simply knelt on the ball from the start of the game. Both teams went for wins, with Raiders winning overtime. The Chargers lost a spectacular comeback, and it was a terrible loss for their fans.

Jones was the one who made contact with a Chargers back in the first half. While the contact is obvious, the ball wasn’t nearly catchable, which is technically necessary for pass interference to take place.

What did the ball do?

Oh, sheesh. No less than the corner opposite the end zone.