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Attention National Media: Andre Johnson Caught The Ball

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This weekend's supplemental controversy, underneath the head traumas suffered by Dunta Robinson and DeSean Jackson, was the TERRIBLY UNJUST SCREWING of the poor poor Kansas City Chiefs in Houston. Brandon Flowers was called for pass interference against Andre Johnson on the last Texans drive. It was a play that probably should've been a no call. If the referee called anything, it probably should've been offensive pass interference, but this was a play that deserved a no call.  

The national media, trying desperately to make a story out of nothing, went to work. Bill Simmons, ESPN's personality, said the call was "horrible," on his podcast. Yahoo! weighed in. The Peter King went as far as to say:

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Sorry. An official decided that game at Houston. If the Chiefs and Texans play tomorrow in Wichita, I'm taking Kansas City.

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I agree with half of what Peter says; the Texans definitely didn't deserve to win that game with the defense they played. They got lucky.

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But this penalty was a complete and total non-issue: Andre Johnson caught the ball. If you want to argue that he pushed off, that's fine, but there were several calls that went against the Texans that were just as poor. In particular, the pass interference called on Kareem Jackson to keep the Chiefs first drive alive on fourth down.

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Turns out that penalties even out over the course of a game. Go figure.

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