Chris Godwin And Offensive Interference

September 13th, 2021

Joe hates to type the following, but Joe just doesn’t trust referees.

Joe is of the same mind as Bill Belicheat: All plays should be reviewable with the number of coaches’ challenges remaining the same.

Not reviewable was the big play that set up the Bucs’ winning field goal Thursday night, Chris Godwin’s 18-yard catch near the left sideline. The back-shoulder throw from Tom Brady looked as if Godwin could have been flagged for offensive interference.

Joe has seen less contact flagged and seen more contact ignored by referees in the past. Even NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth suggested it was a flip of the coin.

Patrik Walker of CBS Sports seems to think that flag or no flag, it was still likely Mr. Seven Rings would have gotten the Bucs in position to have kicker Ryan Succop win the game.

Turning point

There were several turning points in this game for both teams, but the one you’ll see argued this entire week (and maybe longer) is the following, when Godwin extends his arms to create space against Jourdan Lewis and reel in the catch that ultimately set up the game-winning kick by Succop. If this is called for offensive pass interference, the Buccaneers are backed up into Cowboys territory with a loss of downs and precious seconds burned off of the clock.

Would Brady have still found a way to make magic happen?

Quite possibly, but the world will never know, making this non-call the most pivotal point in helping (key word: helping) to decide the outcome. The Cowboys achieved the rest by waffling between great football and bad football.

Even if that play was reviewable, who knows what the zebras would have called? Besides, it sure looked to Joe in slow motion that Cowboys corner Jourdan Lewis was doing a bit of a flop to draw a penalty, which may have persuaded the zebras to keep their flags in their pants.

48 Responses to “Chris Godwin And Offensive Interference”

  1. pewter941 Says:

    The db had a hold of Godwins shirt

  2. Andrew Says:

    Go look at Vita get held on the third down that got cowboys into fg range. Goes both ways.

  3. Youngbucs Says:

    That’s the hardest throw to defend he was off balance regardless.

  4. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    Pewter941- Exactly and this video didn’t show he was tangled up with Godwin for 2-3 steps before the video started. It’s as much Defensive as Offensive.

  5. Medicated Pete Says:

    NFL players learned how to FLOP from LeBron James aka LeBum Shames. MJ is the GOAT

  6. mark2001 Says:

    I guess one can see it as they wish. He never extended the arm and pushed. The DB was right on him and could have been called holding or possibly interference. I can see why the “no call”. It could have gone a couple different ways. But I still have a heck of a time really knowing what is Offensive holding and what isn’t.

  7. SB~LV Says:

    Nobody would be talking about it if not for the talking heads. Both the WR and DB were halting there forward momentum. Godwin’s arm was doing what 100% of anyone do when halting and moving to the opposite direction. Sure it could be called because Refs blow calls all the time.

  8. dls5492 Says:

    Db had a hold of Godwin’s jersey. Godwin did push off. The ref could of called offsetting fouls. But, he let them play. Good non-call by the ref.

  9. Nano107 Says:

    Defender started contact both engaged no call

  10. PassingThru Says:

    OPI calls are highly subjective, which is why officials try to interject something tangible like the “fully extended arms” which is sort of the standard. I think it was OPI. The Bucs won a game here, but be prepared to lose a game or two later based on borderline calls. Until they make all plays reviewable, this is just part of what defines the NFL.

    Collinsworth was right, balance was a mitigating factor. But what I thought was an even greater mitigating factor in this situation was the “let ’em play it through” non-calls that we see towards the end of games. The “let ’em play it through” non-calls confuse both players and fans as to what should be called at the end of tight games.

  11. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Remember all of the bad calls/no calls that went against the Bucs against better teams (at the time), and fans of other teams saying “The good teams get the calls”? The Bucs are one of the good teams now, enjoy it while we can.

  12. mark2001 Says:

    This is your.. yes…that is what it looked to me. There was definitely contact with the receiver. And it was more hand fighting, until the ball had been thrown, and Godwin responded to the throw. It was an inside shoulder throw, and that often comes back towards the defender unless he is on the outside shoulder. What was he supposed to do with his arm? It wasn’t like there was no contact, and that Godwin purposefully contacted with him and pushed off. At least the way I see it. But as I said, you could have called a penalty either way, if so inclined, as seems to be the norm.

  13. Beeej Says:

    They were both touching each other, but you can’t deduce that Godwin PUSHED the guy as the distance between them increased

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Lets be honest….if that had happened to one of our defenders……we’d be all up in arms…..

    Close call….went our way.

    I will say this……it’s important we not test ourselves with close games too often.

  15. Mtbucsfan Says:

    Honestly there was PI on both. But the refs let them play.

  16. bill Says:

    there was no Push. if you look at video that goes back further into the play you will see that Godwin had his arm out from his body prior to contact and that Godwin never further extended his arm when the defender made contact with Godwin’s arm

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Absolutely a flop, first thing I said once play was over. Kudos to refs for recognizing it. In an earlier post the discussion was about Brady’s arm strength and accuracy, yet no one mention the bullet he threw to Brown on 3 & 5 at end of first quarter that Brown dropped hit him right between the 8 & 1. I think Brown was surprised by the speed that came in, very rarely does Brown drop a pass that hits him between the numbers.

  18. Mike Says:

    To get offensive interference they really have to just about do full arm extension in the NFL. He didn’t do that on this play, so a no call.

  19. mark2001 Says:

    Have to agree TBBF…you never want to put yourself in a position with four turnovers and over 100 yards in penalties, and an anemic D, to have to score on the last series to win a game.

  20. Robert Says:

    pffft …..the refs were trying to give the game to the cowgirls all night! ?

    I don’t feel bad that was not called.

    They guys was off balance as well. one of those that looked bad in still frame, but live it looked like a no call.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    How about this, the push move that Godwin did, he learned it from Evans, who in turn learned it from Vincent Jackson.

    Also the Bucs have lost countless games due to the refs BS, including being screwed out of a SB, so they’re going to have to go decades in our favor to even come close to evening out.

  22. SlyPirate Says:

    If you’re a football fan it should NOT be OPI.

    There was contact on both sides. Let the players play.

    Don’t turn the NFL into the NBA.

  23. Posey99 Says:

    That’s a Lebron flop, got beat and then flopped. Also had the back of godwins jersey with his right hand.

  24. Dream big Says:

    Andrew is correct, the refs were not calling many of the blatant holding Dallas online was doing. So this little bit of whining falls on deaf ears. This crew of refs were not great by any means.

  25. Ed Says:

    What surprises me most when I watch the review is that Godwin had a few feet of sidelines to make his way into the end zone and score a TD. Notice after the catch that he starts to turn up field and has his right foot clearly in bounds. It appears that there is enough room to get the left foot planted and get it into the end zone.

    Both players were engaged and because that DB was backpedaling he was already falling over before Godwin got his hand on him.

  26. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    How about a phantom face mask that gave a free 15 yards to the Cowgirls???

  27. Anonymous Says:

    pewter941, i believe its called a

  28. DBS Says:

    It was a good no call. The official was right there. They were not afraid of Brady or the Bucs they were calling penalties on them all night. If anything they would have called it on the Bucs as the usually do. They let them play.

  29. Jerry Says:

    Could have called it as offsetting penalties too if they really wanted to. And
    the press did ask Lewis about this and he said it was a “toss up” and said he doesn’t blame the ref.

  30. Youngbucs Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    September 13th, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    How about this, the push move that Godwin did, he learned it from Evans, who in turn learned it from Vincent Jackson.

    Also the Bucs have lost countless games due to the refs BS, including being screwed out of a SB, so they’re going to have to go decades in our favor to even come close to evening out.

    Don’t forget about the call that kept freeman and his squad out the playoffs against that weirdo Winslow 😂

  31. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Don’t care. We won.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    Youngbucs – Yep, the complete BS call vs Winslow, offensive PI, that cost the Bucs the game and a spot in the playoffs, and that created a series of events that resulted in the Packers winning the SB (they don’t make the playoffs if the Bucs win that game), which meant a decade of those stupid Rodgers commercials.

    Screw the refs, they own us 10,000 complete BS calls, and that’s only to break even.

  33. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Godwin definitely pushed off, but the defender had contact outside of five yards and tried his best Lebron James impression. Could’ve gone either way, and it went our way.

  34. WalkdaPlank Says:


    Another interesting BS call if I remember correctly was a Saints game and Josh Freeman rolled out of the pocket and threw to Mike Williams (I think) for a game winner. But Mike Williams had been pushed OB by the defender before the catch and came back in bounds to grab it. The BS part is that the rule actually ALLOWED the receiver to catch it ONLY if the QB doesn’t leave the pocket? I’m having trouble remembering the exact details just that I was appalled that we lost that game because of that

  35. TampabayDJ82 Says:


  36. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    DJ82 ain’t no need to yell from the mountain top, we’re right here mayn

  37. alaskabuc Says:

    The db was tripping over his own two feet, had momentum going with him, and was holding Godwin which caused him to cross up his previously mentioned own two feet. He was so far out of balance my 5 year old daughter could have inadvertently knocked him over. Good no call by the refs

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    It looks like a pushoff in real time, it also looks like the guy is flopping when you replay it.

    Pre-TB, they’d have NEVER gotten that call. Even in the first SB years they always got hosed on calls. Part of Brady’s $25m contract is paying for the refs not to screw us – and maybe even get a call (or non-call).

    Either way, I don’t care. We got the W, and I don’t care if that’s from the refs getting some money Venmo’d to them, or sending over the cheerleaders the night before the game to wear out the opponents. I do not care. I, as a fan, just want wins. Period.

  39. Wild Bill Says:

    I would only care if the call went against us. Haha

  40. GOATWatcher Says:

    If it was a bad call the defender and coach would have made a scene. They didn’t. Good no call

  41. Richard Dickson Says:

    I’ve always said as long as you have timeouts to lose if you’re unsuccessful, you should be able to challenge.

  42. Wesley Says:

    Slight push but dude also flopped. Coulda went either way really. But we had our fair share of bad calls all night so whatever.

  43. David Says:

    It really could have gone either way but it should not have been called. Whenever the defender and receiver are hand checking each other all the way down field, I don’t think they should call some thing unless it’s blatant.
    That was a weak little push and the defender flopped to try selling it. It was a good no call

  44. David Says:

    Having the referees somewhere in a booth correcting calls on the fly… I’ve been screaming about this for years. It’s about time!!!!

    It was ridiculous when the whole country can see in two seconds what should have been called but they wouldn’t call it on the field until there was a challenge and then looked at from 72 angles.

    It’s about getting the call right, not coaches challenges and losing timeouts etc. Garbage

  45. Coburn Says:

    During game thought he extended, but watching it now… His elbow is actually still bent 45 degrees or so… Doesn’t look like a full extension

  46. BucsCoolade Says:

    NOT opi.. always seems like incidental contact to me since DBs are grabbing all the time. Opi that is obvious with both arms … ok.. but the thing I hate is a great play getting cancelled. Hold onto the Hankies .. they can ruin football games. !.

  47. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Just another tidbit the sports writers escalate to create doubt. Nothing to see here except DB’s impersonation of a fish.

  48. Brandon Says:

    Cowboys DB had both hands grasping Godwin’s jersey. Did he flop? No. Did he try to hold? Yep. No penalty. Two players fighting for the ball. Which happened first? Defensive holding/DPI.