The title of this post is meant to be somewhat tongue in cheek :) There were three penalties that I thought really changed the course of the game, and in a way they changed the game more than our turnovers did. Lets take a look at them:
"Penalties": Quoted to show the dubiousness of the calls
1.) Holding on Clady. This one hurt mostly because it was Clady's first holding call of the year! Really this just shows how good the Rookie has been. Yeah it put us at 2nd and 7 instead of 1st and 10, but who is to say what happens in the rest of that drive, so I won't say this stopped us from scoring points or anything, it was just disappointing to see Clady get his first on what should have been a no call.
2.) Illegal Contact on Dre Bly mid way through the thrid quarter. This was a completely Bogus call. 3rd and a million for the jags, and Reggie Williams pushes Dre bly down to the ground, and that is somehow illegal contact on Bly, just unbelievable. Now unlike above where we can't assume points on a drive set back by a penalty, we CAN assume a punt by JAC on this play since it was 3rd and long and Garrards scramble came up way short. So that is seven points given to the Jags by the ref.
3.) Pass interference by Mcree at the end of the fourth quarter. We all saw it and we all saw it was the completely wrong call, even the announcers we incredulous about it. Yeah we can't assume we score when we get the ball back, but that call basically ended the game, we certainly didn't get the chance we should have gotten.
As for the turnovers we had three and the Jags had two so two of them cancel out and the other turnover we had was a long interception from cutler on 3rd and long which was better than a punt, so I see the penalties as being a much bigger difference maker than the turnovers. I would say that these penalties affected this game just as much if not more than Hocules bad call in the SD game, which one will get more attention though :)
Oh well, I guess the response should be that the Broncos should play well enough that these calls shouldn't matter. Those calls really were terrible though.