Posted December 08, 2013

Adrian Peterson rips officials and Ravens fans after Vikings’ tough loss

AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, NFC North
Adrian Peterson left the Ravens-Vikings game with a lower-leg injury.

Adrian Peterson left the Ravens-Vikings game with a lower-leg injury. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Suffice it to say, Minnesota’s Week 14 trip to Baltimore will not go down as a favorite of Adrian Peterson’s.

The Vikings’ running back suffered a foot injury in the second quarter, his team lost an absolute heartbreaker and, according to Peterson’s Twitter feed, both the officials and the Ravens fans ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Peterson left the 29-26 Baltimore win after hurting his foot on a tackle by Arthur Brown. Two years removed from his devastating knee injury, Peterson could only writhe in pain on the ground after Brown wrapped him up by the legs. Eventually, Peterson hobbled to the sideline and later went for an MRI.

He did not return to the game, but he did rejoin his teammates on the sideline. And there, he apparently had a first-hand view to this:

The Vikings were penalized six times for 90 yards in the game, versus four penalties and 45 yards against Baltimore. Three reviews also went against Minnesota: Jacoby Jones’ kick-return TD and Marlon Brown’s late score both went to replay, and a first-quarter Toby Gerhart fumble was upheld with possession turned over to Baltimore.

Gerhart, Peterson’s replacement, scored what at the time appeared to be a possible game-winning touchdown with 1:27 left. However, there were three more TDs after that play, two by the Ravens and one from Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson.

Peterson finished his injury-shortened day with 13 yards rushing on seven carries and one catch for four yards.

38 comments
PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Remember now people, AP is just a "slave".  So have mercy on him.

titletown_USA
titletown_USA

There's a good chance some of the snowball throwers were kids of Peterson's.

freeyourmindtc
freeyourmindtc

Its called football AP, and the fans haven't changed the game,we are the game and without us there's no you, so shut up and quit crying.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Yeah ell the refs handed the the Pats-Browns game to Bellecheat. At least 5 calls were bad. Completely one-side calling of grounding. Pats win going away with interference.

Fifilo
Fifilo

NFL officiating is in a death dive and corrupting the integrity of the sport. Either enforce rules fairly for all teams or be labeled as honest as pro wrestling.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Gotta love how the article mentions the penalties on the Vikes but fails to mention how absolutely terrible they were.  Even the announcers were stunned at several of the calls.  From what I saw of the game, this is the first time that I've genuinely been utterly convinced that the Refs in this game were paid off and the game was rigged.  Never seen anything like it.


For the record, I rooted for Baltimore most of last year, once my Vikings were done and I actually like their team, overall.  So I can assure anyone that this isn't an issue of hating their team or something like that.  They got a great team, no doubt.  


But these refs? Someone had to pay them off, I suspect.  Just sad, really.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

I'm a Vikings fan and believe the Gerhardt call was wrong.  Give Baltimore some credit for making plays when they had to.  The Vikings certainly blew the kickoff play that was run back and allowed a long completion on the winning drive.  I'm not upset because the Vikings aren't going anywhere this year and I want them to have a high draft pick this off-season.  They have some very good players, but need a couple of parts.  Can anywhere in Minnesota say QUARTERBACK?

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Man,  is this some piss poor journalism... restating the obvious..the refs dealt with the weather also...and the fact that the Vikings play brings the entire game DOWN  several levels 


Ravens survived that depression and won...

The_Hybrid
The_Hybrid

I'm sure the Minnesota Vikings fans are so much more classy and would never throw snowballs. It's amazing how nearsighted these players are. When it goes on at home, they supportive fans. When it's an away game, the fans are terrible. Grow up AP

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Isn't it nice that instant replay has done so much to make sure that the refs get it right on the field?

StevedeKater
StevedeKater

I think it was CBS that showed a portion of this game at the end, and they never showed the full replay, but on the winning touchdown, on first glance (and only glance) it looked like the receiver lost control as he came down out of the end zone.  It would have been nice to see the replay and see this up close and in slow motion.  I thought I saw the ball hit the ground and move at the very end...anybody else?

KristopherLohmuller
KristopherLohmuller

Considering that all scoring plays and turnovers go to replay, I would say the Vikings should shut up about those replays. And if you don't want to be penalized, don't commit a penalty.

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

Didn't see any of this game but, the officiating league-wide today has been perplexing at best.  There have been lots of games where HUGE mistake affected the playoff seeding going forward.

akattack
akattack

@titletown_USA Whereas there's no chance that any of them belonged to you because you're impotent. We get it.

JohnBurks
JohnBurks

@titletown_USA Nice...With fans like you, I'll relegate the NFL to NBA type relevancy...Way to stay classy!

BrianButler
BrianButler

Honestly I have seen a lot of replays and I did not see the ball move. What was in question was if he got two feet down? Some of the national sports news are looking at his toes to see if he tapped the second foot. But others are pointing out that he had both feet down as he was catching the ball and not the tap as he turned. But I havent heard anyone doubt if he bobbled or not. The ref was looking right at him if you watch the replay.

RSeabron
RSeabron

@StevedeKater The ball was secure.  If anything the question was with the feet, but after review his feet were in.  Not overturning the Gerhart fumble was a big blunder, and this is coming from a Ravens fan.  

pmervis
pmervis

@StevedeKater Considering CBS didn't show the game, Fox did, this makes no sense. Fox showed the replay multiple times and the announcers said they didn't see any movement of the ball.

jcrave24
jcrave24

You make yourself look stupid when you comment on something you obviously didn't watch. The Gerhart fumble never should have happened and the FOX announcers said as much. The other calls weren't as blatant, but defnitely iffy and gave Baltimore a huge advantage.

MikeKing
MikeKing

@JahliSuwaghaman I agree with you.  Funny thing is the replacement refs were out there we were told time and time again how much better it would be with the regular guys.  Not so much as it turns out.  

Fifilo
Fifilo

No, no. Encourage him to drink. It will shorten his life.

RSeabron
RSeabron

@SirJustinFromVA @The_Hybrid Didn't they play a game at the University of Minnesota in the snow?  Anyway the point is all fans throw snowballs as a way to celebrate.  He has a point on the officials...bringing the local fans into it is sour grapes.  

StevedeKater
StevedeKater

We just got the tail end of the game here; my mistake if I thought it was CBS instead of Fox.  My whole point was we got just a brief glimpse of one angle (which would have been from the side to the receiver's right) as he was going to the ground.  I heard one of the highlight shows later say that there was ball movement but it was ruled he had it secured. I never thought (in past rulings) that that should automatically negate a catch, but I wouldn't mind taking another slow motion, hi-def look at that angle.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@jcrave24 Well there were a few.  Early on there was the ball spot thing the Vikes challenged.  That happened again in the 4th.  The Fumble.  The Interference on Greenway.  On that one the ball wasn't even in the FRICKIN AIR when the contact occured.  Illegal contact maybe but interference?  No.

thygeson
thygeson

The whole time the replacement refs were in Peter King railed every week in his column about it and how calls were affecting games and that the league can not have officiating like that.  The first weekend the refs were back there was an egregious call that affected the outcome of a game and all King had to say about it was that the league will want to look at that on Monday.  Huh?  I don't think the replacement refs made any worse calls than the regular refs.  There are calls this year that are simply embarrassing with the Gronkowski no interference one leading the charge.  Maybe someone should start writing scathing commentaries about every missed call and bringing back replacement refs as they couldn't do any worse.

scott415
scott415

Absolutely. In addition to the Toby Gerhardt fumble [in which I think we all can agree was a terrible call], the Chad Greenway PI call on the final Ravens' drive put the home team in position to win the game. Like @MatthewEugeneHaag pointed out, how can there be PI if the ball is still in Flacco's hands?

Scramble
Scramble

I wonder if they had thrown a flag on Tomlin last week if they would have ever fined him or the Steelers lose a draft pick. Tomlin should be pissed at the officiating.


inthepresent
inthepresent

@thygeson no offense intended, but i believe it's a rallying-around-the-union kind of thing. 

specifically because of your point.

there are a decent number of questionable calls (and non-calls) being made in proportion to the amount of criticism leveled at the replacement refs. 

it's a shame that there hasn't been more of an outcry regarding king and his ilk.