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Should the Vikings have been flagged on Rhodes’ pick-six?

By Matthew Coller

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer says the play that changed the game for the Minnesota Vikings in their 30-24 win at US Bank Stadium shouldn’t have been allowed. In his post-game comments, Palmer said there should have been a holding penalty called against the Vikings on Xavier Rhodes’ 100-yard interception for touchdown.

“It looked like an obvious holding penalty,” Palmer said. “Smokey (John Brown) is trying to run an out route and it looked like he could not get out of the grasp of the defender. I am sure we will turn that into the league and I am sure they will come back and say it was holding.”

The accused party was not Rhodes, but nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn, who was covering Brown 1-on-1. Munnerlyn channeled Shaggy, saying, “It wasn’t me.”

I don’t know what Carson talking about smh that’s wasn’t a flag on me I was covering my guy I jammed him up and let him go

— Captain Munnerlyn (@captain_41) November 21, 2016

Does Palmer have a point? Well, let’s have a look.

From the up-high view:

And down low (with bonus demonstration from Bruce Arians):

There is a case to be made for Palmer and Arians considering the contact is happening beyond five yards, but Munnerlyn could certainly argue that Brown was trying to use the contact to push off into his break and the ball came earlier than expected. Munnerlyn doesn’t seem to be latched on as Arians is claiming in slow motion.

Either way, the refereeing from Sunday’s game won’t be used in any officiating classes any time soon.

The post Should the Vikings have been flagged on Rhodes’ pick-six? appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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