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Monday Night Referee Defends Controversial Roughing The Passer Call On Chris Jones

Chris Jones tackles Derek Carr

Fans are not happy with NFL officials.

After a second straight day of football that was overshadowed by roughing the passer penalties, one of the referees from Monday Night Football offered an explanation to why the flag was thrown on Chris Jones. 

"The quarterback is in the pocket and he's in a passing posture. He gets full protection of all the aspects of what we give the quarterback in a passing posture," explained referee Carl Cheffers. "The quarterback is protected from being tackled with full body weight. My ruling was roughing the passer for that reason."

Despite the ball being knocked loose during the play, Cheffers further reiterated that quarterbacks receive passing protection until they can "defend themselves." 

While Kansas City was on the wrong end of the controversial call, they still managed to hang on for a narrow 30-29 victory. 

The same cannot be said about the Falcons, who suffered a similar penalty in their Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay. Down by 6 with just over 3 minutes to play, Atlanta's Grady Jarrett sacked Tom Brady on a third down that should've resulted in a Buccaneers punt. 

Instead, roughing the passer was called, effectively running out the clock on a potential Atlanta comeback. 

All eyes will be on NFL officials during Week 6.