Adrian Peterson is putting NFL officials’ feet to the fire. On Wednesday, the Seahawks running back took to social media to relay his frustrations regarding Seattle’s most recent loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday in which he believes there were some poor calls by the officials that changed the complexion of the game.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Peterson — who did not play in Tuesday’s loss — highlighted a missed pass interference penalty that should have been called against the Rams and a questionable holding call against the Seahawks defense on a third-down incompletion that kept a drive alive for Los Angeles.
“I don’t make excuses and I also feel any situation can be overcome, but, opportunities are all you need to create change,” wrote Peterson. “We got robbed of that [Tuesday night] on two critical plays which resulted in a 7 point swing and took away great field position that would’ve given us a chance to put points on the board. We then have a clear missed PI call that ended our opportunity to right the previous wrong of the officials. In critical moments of the game, they were presented with opportunities that we were not due to plays that should’ve been reviewable.”
The initial holding penalty against the Seahawks came at the start of the fourth quarter. At the time, the score was knotted at 10 apiece and it looked like Seattle was going to get the ball back with advantageous field position as L.A. was sitting at its 10-yard line. Instead, that holding penalty was called, the Rams were given new life with a new set of downs and they eventually moved down the field for a touchdown. The missed DPI call that Peterson cites came with just over three minutes to play. On fourth-and-6 from the 50-yard line, Russell Wilson had his pass fall incomplete to DeeJay Dallas, which gave the ball back to the Rams.
“These are literally life-changing moments that shouldn’t be overlooked,” Peterson continued. “I feel there are certain plays where officials should come together, review, and get the call right. Especially plays that are being displayed on million-dollar Jumbotrons where the entire stadium and every football-loving fan across the world can see.
“These plays can be simply challengeable plays where you either win or lose and the show continues. Having these opportunities doesn’t take away from the game. Losing a timeout due to a failed challenge can be detrimental! However, not having that option takes away from the integrity of the game and helps dictate the outcome of games.”
That win moved the Rams to 10-4 on the season, and they are now in a dead-heat with the Arizona Cardinals for first place in the division. Meanwhile, Seattle finds itself in last place with three weeks remaining in its season.