There will always be controversy in any sports, as long as officials try to keep the game in order.
The NFL is no different and there were questionable decisions from the referees throughout Super Bowl LVI.
However, the Cincinnati Bengals have their fair share of beef against the men in stripes, especially those penalties called during the Rams’ game-winning drive.
But one call among those series of infractions had Green Bay Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell in disbelief.
Packers LB De'Vondre Campbell says the 3rd-and-goal holding penalty on Logan Wilson should not have been a flag.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 15, 2022
Campbell may have a point because Wilson was all over the place during the early parts of the game, causing the Rams to struggle on offense.
But as always, penalties are subjective calls and officials live with their judgment even if other fans would argue about their decision.
Linebackers Are Getting Faster
While that infraction will be subject to debate in the coming days, Campbell is right that even linebackers are evolving.
In today’s pass-happy game, the men that are typically in the middle of defensive formations must be able to cover much ground because wide receivers and running backs have become more athletic as well.
Therefore, they must elevate their game to give their team a chance to win.
Without question, Wilson deserves all the credit for the effort he laid out against the Rams.
But even his best wasn’t good enough as Los Angeles took home the game’s biggest prize.
If there’s a lesson learned, is to not let the officials decide the game’s outcome.