Two weeks ago I remember reading this article about the Seattle Seahawks defense: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/11/gilbride-says-seahawks-have-perfected-the-art-of-pass-interference/
The quote that really hit me was : "As explained by Kevin Clark and Jonathan Clegg of the Wall Street Journal, the Seahawks engage in blatant pass interference on a regular basis, accepting that a penalty will be called from time to time but realizing that the officials won’t call it every time."
and this one (particularly the source)
“[The Seahawks] look at it and say, ‘We may get called for one but not 10,’” FOX’s Mike Pereira, a former [NFL] V.P. of officiating, told Clark and Clegg.
As they are a west coast team and I live here in Michigan I hadn't had the opportunity to watch them until the playoffs but, after watching last night's game, DAMN if this analysis isn't dead on. Don't get me wrong here, I'm 100% envious of Seahawk fan and their team and wish I saw a little more of that out of Michigan. It certainly looked like the jamming at the line was more aggressive and held longer than allowed. It seemed like every Denver receiver who even passed by a Seahawk defender had a limb or jersey pulled. It was certainly obvious from the throws that no Denver receiver was at the point that Manning was throwing to and you have to wonder if that was Manning being so off or the receivers having no opportunity to run their routes.
Again, NOT HATING. That was one of the greatest defensive performances I've ever seen and I enjoyed every second of it. My point is the theory of the article and whether that is truly the case and whether this kind of defense can in fact survive, particularly if tried at the college level. At some point do the referees just start throwing flags every play?
[Ed-S: football isn't OT, especially considering one of M's biggest rivals uses this "art"]