Replay appears to show critical missed calls against Rams

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Cincinnati Bengals players weren’t making any excuses after the Super Bowl LVI loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Joe Burrow was already plotting a Super Bowl return. Tyler Boyd said the obvious about officiating but didn’t suggest it was the reason for the loss.

Social media, on the other hand, went back and instantly grabbed footage of a few key moments. And upon review, it sure looks like the officiating crew missed a few critical calls that could have gone against the Rams when it mattered most.

Maybe the most notable was a pretty clear false start by the Rams offensive line in the redzone on the same play officials tagged Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson with a controversial holding penalty:

Another came earlier in the game, which appeared to set the tone as far as the officiating crew not calling the smaller stuff:

That not calling the smaller stuff probably would’ve been just fine, had the officiating crew not reverted and threw several flags on the Rams’ final game-clinching drive.

Of course, Rams fans have plenty of reason for complaints too — Tee Higgins’ 75-yard score to start the second half featured a blatant facemask on Jalen Ramsey.

Bottom line? It’s a shame NFL officiating couldn’t get it together for the most important game of all.

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