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  1. No holds barred: The price of a non-call

    Mike Sando

    A quick layover in Denver allowed me to rejoin the Super Bowl aftermath conversation via Twitter. Officiating remained prominent on San Francisco 49ers fans' minds. That's fine by me. Even if you think the Baltimore Ravens played better and deserv...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  2. $21,000 lesson on blindside block rule

    Mike Sando

    Minnesota Vikings tight end and NFC West alum John Carlson suffered a concussion when the Arizona Cardinals' Rashad Johnson struck him during a punt return in Week 7. Carlson, who has a history of concussions dating to his career in Seattle, misse...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  3. NFC West penalty watch: What's trending

    Mike Sando

    We had a couple penalty-related questions from the NFC West chat Thursday. A few notes on those, and on related matters: Penalties Through Five Games Team 2011 2012 Seahawks 53 51 Cardinals 40 39 Rams 48 ...

    Blog | October 11, 2012
  4. Why a pivotal play didn't produce penalty

    Mike Sando

    The Arizona Cardinals' ability to bounce back from a devastating fourth-quarter interception has made that pick a footnote to their 4-0 start. One aspect of the play lingered in my mind. Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith shoved Larry Fitzger...

    Blog | October 01, 2012
  5. Fitzgerald on refs, a look at DB penalties

    Mike Sando

    Count Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald among the many NFL players hoping regular officials return for games in Week 4. Fitzgerald, speaking on ESPN in the video above, said replacement officials have applied inconsistent standards for p...

    Blog | September 26, 2012
  6. QBR ranks: Now we're talking, NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Every NFC West quarterback played well enough Sunday for his team to win under the circumstances. This is verifiable. Some of those aforementioned circumstances were a bit strange, to say the least. A 15-yard penalty against NFC West alum Jo...

    Blog | September 17, 2012
  7. Interference calls up, thanks to NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Penalty flags are going to fly in the secondary when the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals get together. Both teams have physical corners unafraid to push boundaries in coverage. Both teams incurred penalties for interference Sunday. N...

    Blog | September 11, 2012
  8. Chat wrap: Putting pressure on officials

    Mike Sando

    The latest NFC West chat has passed, but there's more. Clay from Charlotte raised an interesting question about Week 1 and officiating. "Have you heard anything from the teams instructing players to take advantage of replacement refs?" he asked...

    Blog | September 07, 2012
  9. NFL points of emphasis point to NFC West

    Mike Sando

    A confusing judgment call favoring the New York Giants enabled their comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Was Giants receiver Victor Cruz really down when he lost the football late in the game? A fumble in that situation likely w...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  10. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    Crushing bounty-related penalties levied against the New Orleans Saints forced a re-vote in ESPN.com's first NFL Power Rankings looking ahead to the 2012 season. We planned to run the rankings after Peyton Manning signed with Denver, figuring that...

    Blog | March 23, 2012
  11. Saints' bounty system and the Rams

    Mike Sando

    St. Louis Rams fans can expect coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to field a defense with a nasty demeanor. Rough Stuff: 2009 to 2011 Penalties Rank Team Team 1 Lions 65 2 Eagles 53 3...

    Blog | March 02, 2012
  12. NFC West Penalty Watch: Yardage leaders

    Mike Sando

    Officials have not flagged Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson since calling a 20-yard interference penalty against him in Week 11. 2011 Most Penalty Yardage Player Penalties Yards Brandon Browner 16 128 Pat...

    Blog | December 11, 2011
  13. NFC West Penalty Watch: Mugging WRs

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams trailed the Seattle Seahawks by three points when they sent Brandon Lloyd up the left sideline on a deep route against Brandon Browner. Browner, the Seahawks' 6-foot-4 cornerback, gave no cushion at the line of scrimmage. Video ...

    Blog | November 24, 2011
  14. A few early notes from Candlestick Park

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Surveying the scene from Candlestick Park a few hours before the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers and 6-2 New York Giants face one another: Spectacular sunshine overhead. There's haze on the horizon, but nothing to indicate anything other...

    Blog | November 13, 2011
  15. NFC West Penalty Watch: Peterson's tactics

    Mike Sando

    Referee Ron Winter waved off one of the interference penalties against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in Week 9. "There is no foul for defensive pass interference," Winter announced. "The contact and the ball arrived at the same tim...

    Blog | November 11, 2011
  16. NFC West penalty watch: Refs and roughing

    Mike Sando

    The 2011 Official Playing Rules and Casebook of the National Football League devotes 1,127 words to the section on roughing the passer. Twenty-two words near the end sum up the spirit: "If in doubt about a roughness call or potentially dangerous ...

    Blog | November 05, 2011