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Look: NFL Refs Missed Blatant Penalty During Rams vs. Raiders

The Los Angeles Rams' Thursday Night Football win over the Las Vegas Raiders was capped by a 98-yard downfield march from Baker Mayfield. 

In it, Mayfield needed just one minute and 35 seconds to find Van Jefferson in the end zone for a dagger touchdown. 

But did the Rams receive a lucky break along the way? Eagle-eyed viewers took note of Mayfield's nine-yard completion to Malcolm Brown as the game neared its conclusion. Notably, Maxx Crosby of the Raiders was unable to reach Baker before getting his pass off. 

Offensive tackle Rob Havenstein was the reason why, as he appeared to be guilty of a hold on Crosby. We've embedded the play below for you to decide. Here's the video:

Despite the advent of plays being challenged, and instant review, much of how NFL games are decided comes down to the discretion of referees. Fans can only hope their judgment doesn't egregiously shift the nature of a game's outcome, but it seems to have done just that last night. 

Fans who would like to claim that no-calls affected each side equally can make that case as well. As the Twitter user below pointed out, referees chose not to penalize the Raiders for running into the Rams' kicker during this punt.