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October 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Earl Thomas: ‘We’re playing the referees too’

ST. LOUIS — Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was asked if he was surprised if the Rams’ fumble at the end of Seattle’s 28-26 loss wasn’t reviewed. It looked as if Sherman had recovered the fumble initially, but the Rams’ retained possession and ran out the clock.

“Yeah,” Thomas said. “At least give us a shot. But you know what? I’m not surprised with the referees this season. If you really look at some plays, we’re playing more than our opponents. We’re playing the referees too. I don’t care what anybody is saying. Something is wrong. That needs to be brought up.”

Thomas was asked if the refs gave the Seahawks an explanation. “There’s never an explanation,” he said. “It’s kind of crazy how football is turning out now. You give a guy, just because he wears a white and black shirt, he has authority of the game. Man, they need to stay out of it — that’s my key — and let us dominate.”

Thomas also pointed to special teams and the fact the Seahawks weren’t disciplined, but he also said, “We’ve got to understand who we’re battling now. We won everything last year. We’re battling the referees now. I don’t know what’s going on with that. We’ve got to cut out the penalties. That’s what’s hurting us.”

Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, tweeted an explanation of that final fumble:

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