A guy can't even post criticisms about the refs on here without someone getting all serious. Sheez. I just posted some obvious stuff. They could've called Carroll for PI on one play. They also called holding on Cousins who was actually our 12th defender on the field, which called a TD back late in the game.
Its the same every year. If a team is waiting for the refs to win the game for them by not making the wrong call, then they are not doing enough to win it themselves. Missed calls both ways. Its just most never see or remember the ones the benefit them.
You're somewhat right. Officials play a large part. A holding penalty on a TD is huge and can swing the outcome of a game. Years ago, any close call would go the way of the home team. For whatever reason, Miami seems to be on the wrong side of those calls more often than not. In 2008, the offense overcame a lot of those calls. I noticed yesterday that RT and the offense picked up an awful lot of 3rd and long plays ... some due to penalty. So maybe they're back to getting over the hump.