Sunday's NFL tussle between the Lion and the Chiefs was certainly entertaining. It had everything, including two Lions attempts at a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds, one in which a Lions receiver was clearly interfered with. 

Marvin Jones was obviously shoved as he made his way downfield in the waning seconds to try and catch Matthew Stafford's desperation hurl.

Normally, that should have been a pass interference call, but the NFL office declined to review it.

Generally, the league allows a little more pushing and shoving than normal on a Hail Mary pass.

Al Riveron, the VP of officiating for the League, told Pro Football Talk that Hail Mary passes are looked at differently by officials.

“For the most part, everyone understands what’s allowed, what’s not allowed on a Hail Mary,” Riveron said regarding an unofficial exception to pass interference that appears nowhere in the rulebook. “It’s probably fortunate that we’re not putting this play into a box because it’s something when we see it, and when I say ‘we’ I mean the football community from fans to coaches to players to officials, we’ll all agree that that’s a Hail Mary and we’ll understand what’s allowable and what’s not.”

Fair enough, but the dude was flat out shoved before he even got to the ball. That seems like an infraction to me, but I'm partial.


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