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Were the Vikings victims of bad calls against the Ravens? Sure seems so (with video)

Anwar S. Richardson
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Minnesota Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson was seemingly blowing off steam when he criticized NFL officials on Twitter after a 29-26 loss against Baltimore on Sunday.

Upon further review, even the NFL thought Peterson had a point.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the NFL contacted him on Monday to discuss the officiating that occurred against Baltimore. It is common for coaches to contact the league each week about questionable calls, but rare when they receive an unsolicited call.

"It was a good conversation," Frazier said, via 1500ESPN.com. "The fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt about things on that day. That was encouraging that they wanted to talk about that game from yesterday."

"It's happened twice this season."

What is all the fuss about?

Ray Frager of CSNBaltimore.com pinpointed three questionable calls by officials on Sunday. Watch the videos and draw your own conclusions:

1. Vikings running back Toby Gerhart fumbled on a rushing attempt in the first quarter, and Baltimore’s Matt Elam recovered. Gerhart’s knee was down before the fumble, but the play was upheld after an official replay. Baltimore scored four plays later.

2. Vikings guard Joe Berger was called for an illegal block on linebacker Daryl Smith during a run by Cordarrelle Patterson. Berger seemingly maintained contact with Smith before he dropped low, and instead of first down on the 2-yard line, Minnesota faced third-and-24 from the 35. The Vikings settled for a field goal.

3. Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was called for pass interference on Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta with 32 seconds remaining the game. The call wiped out what would have been a game-ending interception by Andrew Sendejo. Even though Greenway had contact with Pitta, it appeared the tight end slipped on his own. And even if Greenway did inhibit Pitta, it may have come before the ball was in the air, which would have resulted in a 5-yard illegal contact call, and the ball would have been on the Vikings’ 40-yard line. Instead, Joe Flacco hit Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone three players later for the game-winning touchdown, a 9-yard score with four seconds remaining.

The NFL has been heavily criticized for its officiating this season, and Minnesota has at least three good reasons to be frustrated about Sunday. Frazier took the high road and did not criticize the officiating, but it is easy to understand why the NFL contacted him on Monday.

And easier to understand Peterson’s frustrations.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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