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There's no other way to end this article but to point out that, yet again, we end a Sunday with games that have been altered due to terrible officiating.
While I was pulling for the San Diego Chargers, they won in part because the officials missed two calls—one with a mistake regarding forward progress before a fumble which would have resulted in a touchdown, per Mike Pereira of Fox Sports.
The other was an illegal formation on a Chiefs missed field goal, also per Pereira.
This season seems to have been a constant barrage of not only poor officiating but also poor officiating which has altered the outcome of games at critical moments.
The Carolina-New England non-call in mid-November. Washington losing a down due to a miscommunication with officials, costing them a game against the New York Giants. The garbage late-hit penalty the New Orleans Saints got against the San Francisco 49ers.
And we haven't even tapped into the amount of questionable flags on "defenseless wide receivers" or the ridiculous "roughing-the-passer" calls we see when a defensive player breathes on a star quarterback.
The officiating has been inconsistent and, at times, downright horrendous. We're entering into the playoffs, and it's a good bet we will see poor officiating deciding the outcome of games.
You want to complain about a Super Bowl which has been impacted by the weather? Let's talk about having one where officiating has a bigger effect than any one player on the field.
This offseason the league needs to take a close look at the officials.
Because in 2013, they're most definitely not hot.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at FootballGuys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.