Flag-Happy Corrente Officiating Crew To Referee Steelers-Patriots Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field and now that the officiating crew for that contest has been announced, be prepared to see a lot of penalties called during the game.

According to Rick Gosselin of talkoffamenetwork.com, the NFL has assigned referee Tony Corrente and his officiating crew to Sunday’s AFC showdown game between the Patriots and Steelers. As Gosselin points out, Corrente and his crew have assessed 203 penalties this season, tops in the NFL, and officiated over three of the four highest penalty games of 2017.

While the the Corrente officiating crew has yet to referee a Steelers game this season, they did work the one between the Patriots and New York Jets way earlier in the season. In case you forgot, that was the game that featured Corrente announcing the decision to overturn the fourth quarter touchdown scored by Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Not only was the touchdown denied, it was also ruled that Seferian-Jenkins fumbled the ball out of bounds through the end zone for a touchback, giving the ball back to the Patriots.

Ater the game was over and the Patriots had won, Corrente defended his crew’s decision to overturn the touchdown and give the Patriots the football.

“The final shot we saw was from the end zone that showed the New York Jets’ runner, we’ll call him a runner at that point, with the football starting to go toward the ground,” Corrente said to a pool reporter. “He lost the ball. It came out of his control as he was almost to the ground. Now he re-grasps the ball and by rule, now he has to complete the process of recovery, which means he has to survive the ground again. So in recovering it, he recovered, hit the knee, started to roll and the ball came out a second time. So the ball started to move in his hands this way … he’s now out of bounds in the end zone, which now created a touchback. So he didn’t survive the recovery and didn’t survive the ground during the recovery is what happened here.”

Not that it matters, but Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating, said while the play was being reviewed that he didn’t believe there was enough evidence to warrant overturning the original touchdown call on the field.

Sunday will mark the second time during his career that a Corrente-led crew has officiated a game between the Patriots and Steelers. The previous time was in Week 1 of the 2002 regular season and that game, which was played at Gillette Stadium, was won by the Patriots and there were 20 accepted penalties for 200 yards during the contest with the Steelers being flagged 13 times for 122 yards.

Are you ready for some flag football Sunday at Heinz Field? I hope so.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    OMG Steelers Vs pats/Refs

  • ThatGuy

    Go ahead and tell me the NFL doesn’t hate the Steelers

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The Steelers helped save his life in 2011 by knocking him around in a skirmish that eventually alerted him to cancer.

  • MJK

    if your good enough it wont matter ben will focus on the w only

  • Sam Clonch

    Over 3 of the 4 most flagged games? So….all 4 of the most flagged?

  • Orlysteel

    What a joke, this crew was horrendous and should’ve been suspended after their performance Sunday night, and what does the NFL do?, teams and fans deserve better than this, this was a slap in the face for everyone, thank you NFL.

  • That’s just f*cking great! GRRRRRRR!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Hold on to your butts….

  • Chris92021

    Well, if this means that we will get some first downs on offense when Malcolm Butler holds Antonio Brown (which he does a lot but somehow seldom gets called), I am all for it. Same goes for every time Gronkowski pushes off when coming out of his breaks. Sure, we need to be careful about hitting Brady properly but we better get those calls when Big Ben gets hit late. Oh who am I kidding? Watch us get 150 yards in penalties and the Patriots get called for 1 flag for a false start on Sunday.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Chill out everyone, this doesn’t mean the NFL hates the Steelers or even that this will hurt the Steelers. It could possibly be beneficial to the offense if they’re not allowed to hold AB and the other WRs. And we should see an offensive PI on them at least twice. The X factor as it pertains to the refs is how physical are our DBs going to be on their WRs, ( hopefully physical enough ) , we typically don’t jam WRs that much anyways so we’ll see. Obviously I might feel different on Sunday night after the game haha.

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  • pittfan

    Can you imagine if this crew did the bunghole game? woulda been 250 yrds on those clowns

  • Alex K

    That’s an insane ruling. Some of these refs need to just not overthink things. The game is about the players, not you.

  • The Chin

    Pats are the grabbiest (is that a word?) secondary in the league. Curious how those flags will fly

  • WeWantDaTruth

    And call the numerous holds on the Patsie’s OL when #92 and others are held.

  • JNick

    Be smart and sell it to the refs. If you know they will call it tight, take advantage of it.

  • Darth Blount 47

    The Steelers have a 7-6 record in games refereed by Corrente. What I wouldn’t give for that record to climb to 8-6.

    (No seriously, if someone has Tony’s number, pass it along, I totally have a spiff waiting here for him)

  • Ed Smith

    Your head is in the sand…

  • Ed Smith

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise… just what Brady the Whining Baby wants!

  • David McDonough

    Wow this was one of the first things I thought about when Pats lost on Monday. NFL resembling pro wrestling more every year. Why not hire 44 old men to watch every player from the field and the booth?

  • I’m just sick of seeing a penalty every four or five plays.

  • B&G

    No matter who the officiating crew is, every single hit on Brady is a 15 yard penalty, so you just have to weigh that against the benefits of hitting him.

  • CommonSenseGoneWild

    The fix is in.

  • steelersfan

    Get ready for a ton of Artie Burns PI calls

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    It is ALWAYS worth hitting Br*dy. No matter the penalty. No matter the situation. F*ck that guy.

  • B&G

    I mean, I hear you, but if it’s a key third down late in the game, you basically know you can’t touch him. The refs probably get bonus points from the league for throwing a flag on a hit to Brady.

  • hdogg48

    Now you know how us non Penguin fans, I’m a NJ Devils
    fan, felt about playing against Mario Lemieux.

    One of the all time greats, and dominant in his era,
    but you weren’t allowed to touch him without
    getting a penalty whistled on you.

  • hdogg48

    There was a play in Monday Night’s Pats/Dolphins game
    where a Miami DB was whistled for a Pass Interference call
    in the end zone. This led to NE’s first TD.

    On that play Brandon Cooks initiated contact by pushing
    the DB that was guarding him on the face mask.

    The DB then grabbed him well before the ball arrived and
    the Miami Safety almost had a pick.

    I don’t know how many times illegal hands to the face
    called on the defense prolonged drives. On that play
    it should have been at least offsetting penalties.

    I don’t think the rule is clear on how a PI is called.
    Who initiates contact first? If it is the receiver shouldn’t
    the DB be allowed to push back?

    Hands to the face should always draw a flag. Why is a RB
    allowed to stiff arm to the face of a defender without drawing a flag?
    I love it when Leveon Bell does it, but it doesn’t seem
    fair to the spirit of the game, where both the O and D
    are NOT held accountable to EQUAL criteria.

  • Steelsmoke

    Godell hates our guts but loves our ratings . Basically saying I will do whatever I want and I know you can’t stop your self from watching your team

  • James Tripp

    I don’t care how many flags, as long as the flags calling is fair.

  • James Tripp

    I am ok with James Harrison knocking Brady the heck out, then getting a penalty.

  • James Tripp

    Just let James Harrison knock Brady out of the game, early in the first quarter.

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  • SfSteeler


    the princess flag ref team thats gonna sheit on or game for 3 hours…

    when does this CBA end so the players can tell the NFL to, (explicitive) off on every other line in the CBA, specifically including the amount of penalties called per game that kills the fluid motion of the game and the number of penalties on the books available TO call…?

    oh, and then, hey, let just take the crown off the king of the NFL on this next contract maybe!? so, maybe the players that make the NFL what it is have a say…maybe!!!

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    The Steelers and patriots are virtually even on the season in penalties. It’s 78 to 77 and less than 25 yards separate the two teams in penalty yardage. That should mean that the count will be relatively even in this game. We’ll see if that holds true or not…

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    Man I hate being right all the time.

  • Yinzer MOB

    AB does like to do the little push off when he’s even with the defender. I only remember him getting flagged once this season for OPI obviously other Official’s don’t see it as a penalty just hand fighting, let’s see what happens on Sunday.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Oh of course, I am too. I just don’t think the NFL assigned this crew as a way make the Steelers lose

  • TroymanianDevil

    Haha ok. You really think the NFL hates the Steelers so much that they assigned a crew to make them lose? I choose not to believe in ridiculous conspiracies

  • TroymanianDevil

    No doubt haha

  • Sdale

    Great. I might just tape the game and fast forward over the 23 penalties, 17 of which will benefit the Pats, and the 200,000 commercials. Either that, or just get drunk in the bar so I can be sufficiently distracted by all the scenery during all that crap.

  • Sdale

    Well, goodell anyway.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I love the username and while we’re at it Jurassic Park is one of those movies that if I see it on I have to watch it in it’s entirety!

  • Reggie Cunningham

    They’re not going to call that on the Pats. Steelers are going to have the most penalties…..watch

  • jconeoone C

    They ref’d only half the one game

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    The fix is in?

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    I just said this. Then I noticed you beat me to it.

  • TroymanianDevil

    There might be more penalties on the Steelers and the refs might miss some calls. Of course that’s possible. But trying to say that the NFL assigned this crew as a way to make NE win is dumb imo

  • 2winz

    In other words.. “TOUCHDOWN STEELERS!! WHAT A PASS FROM BEN TO ANT.. oh wait a minute there’s a flag.. looks like it’s coming back”-commentators.

  • BRB4ever

    Brown will get flagged for offensive PI. Write that down right now…

  • Rocksolid20

    Suspention too , Debo doesn’t play anyway .

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Interesting. I wonder if this puts tomlin in the hot seat…

  • Surrealist

    Cool, lets see how the third team does sunday afternoon

  • Reader783

    Let’s be careful with Gronk though….last time he pushed off and didn’t get the flag he assaulted the defender and concussed him

  • Conserv_58

    Of course that crew will be officiating this game. The vast majority of penalties will be against the Steelers simplely because crybaby, Brady is playing. I pray that no Steelers defensive player pats Brady on the shoulder.

  • NW86

    They “officiated over” the 3 games. Not “over 3” games.

  • Av232

    Remove the “over”. He added an extra preposition on.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I expect the defense will get called for roughing the passer if any of them so much as touches Brady after the ball leaves his hands (probably on a 3rd down). And I guarantee Brown will get flagged for offensive pass interference at least once—probably with Butler begging for the flag the whole way.

    What I want to know is: Will the Pats’ O-line get called for holding? Will the Steelers’ receivers draw PI and holding calls in the secondary?

    I don’t like flag-heavy games…especially when it slows down play and momentum…but they’d better call it both ways.

  • Gerald Brown

    The fix is in

  • Steel Realist PAul

    And the league wonders why ratings are falling. They value more flags being throw – enough to select that group for the game of the week/(year for the AFC). Sigh

  • Chuck Anderson

    I reckon that’s three games upgraded to 3.14159 because of their propensity to call pass interference (pi).

  • Chuck Anderson

    So let’s blanket him with Sensabaugh until that happens?

  • Charles Mullins

    I think that changes this week.

  • Chuck Anderson

    Ha, thank you. I hated those Pens teams and their reliance on the refs and/or horrible goon Ulf (the team’s injury-seeking Burfict but without his talent) even as I respected the hell out of Mario the player and the man. I had grown up with the Norris division, which at least at the time was kind of the uber-physical AFCN of hockey…

  • Chuck Anderson

    I’m sorry, but your comment confuses me. Is this the reasonable comments section or, as I had assumed, the knee jerk persecution complex section?

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  • Smitty 6788

    I think he’s mainly pushing the defenders hand from him.

  • Sam Clonch

    Haha, you win!!!

  • Rob

    Every Monday at the NFL, we have a “Hate on the Steelers” meeting scheduled at 11am where we not only discuss how much we all hate the team, but also how we can best hurt it.

  • ThatGuy

    I’d take a 15 yarder to see Harrison absolutely obliterate Brady.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Not true. Officials do impact the outcomes of NFL games. And at times bad calls keep the best team from winning.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    It’s already in motion.

  • TroymanianDevil

    it all makes sense now haha. I’m glad you’ve exposed the NFL and their evil ways

  • James Tripp

    Let’s hope so. I watched for most of his snaps last week, to see how well he played. Seemed to me that the offense mostly stayed away from Harrison.