Dec 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) huddles with teammates prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Adrian Peterson Rips Officials, Ravens Fans In Post-Game Tweet


Adrian Peterson spent the second half of Sunday’s crazy Vikings-Ravens contest sitting bundled up on the sidelines after injuring his foot. So Adrian had a pretty good view of everything going on around the stadium, including the officiating and fan behavior.

Suffice it to say, Adrian was not impressed by what he saw from either the refs or Ravens fans. Adrian tweeted shortly after the Vikings’ 29-26 loss to Baltimore:

Can’t speak to the fan behavior because I wasn’t there. Can say I didn’t think it was the best-officiated game in NFL history.

The worst call by far was the replay non-reversal on what should have been ruled a non-fumble by Toby Gerhart. With the snow swirling in the first quarter, Gerhart’s knee appeared to be down before the ball came loose on the play. The snow didn’t really affect the replay that was shown on TV and the stadium jumbotron – a replay that appeared to clearly show that Gerhart’s knee was down before the ball came out.

But the replay official saw it differently and awarded Baltimore the ball on the fumble. Baltimore drove down quickly, thanks in large part to a Joe Flacco scramble, and scored their first points of the game.

More examples of bad officiating: a couple of questionable spots, the first of which was fixed after a Leslie Frazier challenge, the second of which maybe should have been challenged by Frazier but was not. You could also question some of the pass interference that was called against the Vikings.

That said, I’m not sure it’s Adrian’s place to call out the officials. It was a tough day for everyone thanks to the weather and Adrian should probably try to understand that. If you want to hang this loss on the refs, fine, but other people deserve blame too including the defense for not being able to get a stop late, and Mike Priefer for the weird decision to pooch it to Jacoby Jones on the kickoff Jones ran back for a TD.

Maybe Adrian is just upset because of the injury. Or maybe he’s irritated because the team will be stuck in Baltimore for awhile with the bad weather. Maybe he had some bad shrimp again.

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  • Jake

    Dan you never fail to disappoint. I’ve heard guys in here say that you’re not a real Viking fan because you’re from Wisconsin, I’m beginning to think that’s true. Peterson has ever right to be angry as does every other member of the team. That game was blatantly handed to the Ravens by the Refs. Gerhart clearly did not fumble. Berger clearly did not make a peel back block on Patterson’s long run early on. Pitta clearly slipped in the snow and was not pushed by Greenway. And that last Baltimore TD may not have been a good catch, it was a close call.

    • Paul Blay

      Uhhhh,..ok. The officials were doing everything in there power to keep the Vikings in the game. Flacco took shots to the head on 3 different plays including his long scramble. Torrey Smith was held on just about every route he ran over 15 yards. I used to think he was a “professional” athlete. Now he’s just a winey, sore loser athlete. Can’t wait for the NFL to hand out the fines this week. Unfortunately it won’t make a difference since he has so much money. Maybe loss of playing time would be an option.

      • Jake

        Not sure who or what you’re talking about but you clearly weren’t watching today’s game.

      • Wayne Davis

        Funny cuz you don’t say these things when flacco is crying & whining about not getting treated right?… Regardless of the out come of the game … Ravens fans .. Or any fans are douch bags for throwing snow balls at players on the sideline …sure your proud of that

  • Ramon Lang

    I agree, real bad officiating against vikes but defensive coordinator has to go!!

  • Wayne Davis

    I’d just like to say the officials across the NFL today were bad … I watch the red zone so I seen parts of every game today …a lot of bad calls … There’s real reason the NFL is considering going to full time officials … Ijs