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Brad Allen’s officiating crew expected to be downgraded for 2024 NFL playoffs

Brad Allen’s crew of officiating played a major role in another prime-time NFL game this season, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions, and it could cost them a chance in playoffs.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter explained Sunday that the league is using mixed rosters for the playoffs and will rank Allen’s group accordingly after Saturday.

“A lot of Brad Allen’s team is not going to make the playoffs,” he said. “They’re going to be downgraded, and there’s a good chance a lot of them won’t make the playoffs.”



The latest problem came during the Cowboys’ 20-19 victory, where it appeared the Lions took the lead in the final 30 seconds with a late two-point conversion on a trick play completed by offensive tackle Taylor Decker .

However, Allen’s team said Decker never presented himself as eligible and penalized Detroit.

The Lions had two more shots as they attempted two from the Cowboys 7-yard line and tried again when Dallas committed an offsides penalty. However, they failed to get into the end zone on each attempt and lost by one point.

Decker’s play was so controversial because he said after the game that he declared himself eligible. Additionally, head coach Dan Campbell said he told officials the play could take place before the game even started.

Yet Allen gave a conflicting account in a pool report and said it was offensive lineman Dan Skipper who declared himself eligible and not Decker.

This isn’t the first time Allen’s crew has been at the center of controversy.

He officiated the Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Kansas City’s final drive included several notable officiating moments, including a lost fumble overturned by wide receiver Rashee Rice, the ejection of running back Isiah Pacheco for hitting a Packers player and Green Bay’s Jonathan Owens is seen issuing a personal foul for hitting Patrick Mahomes while still in bounds.

Yet it was a no-call on an obvious pass interference by Packers cornerback Carrington Valentine on a deep ball to Marquez Valdes-Scantling that stood out the most. Had it been called, the Chiefs would have been within scoring range with a chance to tie.

Allen’s team also missed an obvious pass interference during a November game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

The NFL surely doesn’t want officiating to be the main story in these playoff games, and the league would respond the same way when it comes to Allen’s team.

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