Ravens robbed by egregious DPI penalty against the Packers

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The Baltimore Ravens already have enough defensive issues to address in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, and the officiating is not helping them at all.

In Week 15, Baltimore’s secondary had a mountain to climb ahead of them in this matchup against Aaron Rodgers and company, and so far, they’ve miraculously made it a close game.

But in the third quarter, the referees made an atrocious call that completely turned the tides. On a 3rd-and-10 for Green Bay, the referees called a penalty on Ravens’ Kevon Seymour for defensive pass interference.

Looking at the replay, though, anyone could see that Seymour hardly touched Packers wideout Allen Lazard. There was the slightest tug on Lazard’s shirt, but other players have gotten away with much, much worse.

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The penalty gave Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a fresh set of downs, and on the next play, Green Bay scored a go-ahead touchdown.

The Ravens’ secondary has been hurting all game, but this call feels like a sucker punch to the gut.

Baltimore’s starting cornerbacks are Seymour and Anthony Averett, who have been on their toes all game keeping Green Bay’s top threat, Davante Adams, in check.

Brandon Stephens and Geno Stone are starting at safety and doing what they can to lock down the backfield, but that third-quarter call was pivotal for the Ravens defense and overall team morale.

Instead, Baltimore now trail against the NFC North leaders, and their chances of winning this game, which started low, have dropped even more.

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All the Ravens can do now is hope Tyler Huntley and the offense can grind their way to another score. The game isn’t lost yet, but that call seriously dented Baltimore’s hopes of a Week 15 upset.