Have You Seen This? No one likes it when refs throw flags, but this is ridiculous

Have You Seen This? No one likes it when refs throw flags, but this is ridiculous

Have You Seen This? No one likes it when refs throw flags, but this is ridiculous (Matt Abbott, Twitter)



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THE GRIDIRON — Nothing kills the momentum of a football game like when the refs start throwing penalty flags. But have you ever seen one of these flags literally obstruct the momentum of a football?

The Jacksonville Jaguars were hosting the Arizona Cardinals when the fluky play occurred. After going three-and-out on their first offensive series, the Jaguars punted to the visitors. Punt returner Rondale Moore was waiting for the kick when one of his teammates committed an illegal block.

Illegal blocks happen all the time. Sometimes they're spotted by the referees and a team is penalized, while many go unnoticed. In this case, a referee saw the infraction and threw his yellow flag in the air to signify an upcoming punishment. Rather than falling harmlessly to the ground, the flag actually hit the ball, causing it to drop at an unpredictable angle.

What are the odds? It's seriously crazy to see the flag hit the ball like that. It's reminiscent of when Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch back in 2001.

Moore missed the catch due to the ref and his sniper-like flag, but his team was able to recover the fumble. And the Cardinals ultimately won the game, so this ended up being a case of "no harm but still a foul."

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About the Author: Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." To read more of his articles, visit Grant's KSL.com author page.

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