Refs Missed Egregious Holding Penalty That Screwed Eagles on Key 49ers TD

The referees for the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers missed an egregious holding penalty that hurt Nick Sirianni's team.

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni argues
Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni argues / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia Eagles have their hands full trying to take down the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13. San Francisco's offense broke out after a quiet first quarter with a pair of touchdowns over the next two periods, putting Nick Sirianni's squad on the ropes heading into the fourth.

However, it turns out the key score to give San Francisco a 28-13 lead was aided by an obvious penalty.

With just under four minutes left, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel took a pass 48 yards to the house. Yet, the FOX broadcast showed that Eagles safety Reed Blankenship was held and then tackled by San Francisco's Ronnie Bell.

This kind of egregious miss is simply inexcusable. The Philly defender was taken down right near Samuel, so the refs had no reason not see it. Either they decided to look past it, or they're downright incompetent.

Yes, the 49ers' offense had the momentum, so there's no guarantee a Blankenship tackle even prevents a touchdown from eventually going on the board. But a penalty would've suddenly halted them in their tracks, taking that TD away and putting San Francisco in a 1st-and-long instead.

Hopefully this officiating crew is held accountable for its actions, though that still won't make up for the fact this was a game-changing touchdown that should've never happened.

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