Skip to comments.League defends decision not to review Evans non-catch (Ravens Robbed)
Posted on 01/22/2012 6:13:37 PM PST by 11th_VA
Posted by Mike Florio on January 22, 2012, 7:47 PM EST
Reuters Shortly before Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff did his best Gary Anderson impersonation (to the chagrin of Matt Birk), Ravens receiver Lee Evans had the ball in his hands, in the end zone. But Patriots defensive back Sterling Moore knocked the ball out of Evans hands, and the ruling on the field was that the would-be touchdown pass was incomplete.
Though it wasnt a scoring play, fewer than two minutes remained in the game. Thus, the decision (or not) to review the play was to be initiated by the replay assistant in the booth. Even though the slow-motion angle shown by CBS seemed to suggest that it may have been a catch, the replay assistant didnt instruct referee Alberto Riveron to take a look via the on-field portable TV on wheels.
As to whether a catch was made, the standard is simple. From Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 3: If a player controls the ball while in the end zone, both feet, or any part of his body other than his hands, must be completely on the ground before losing control, or the pass is incomplete.
Theres no Calvin Johnson component. No requirement of a football move. Possession plus two feet down equals a catch, and a touchdown.
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That's why the teams play so hard for home field advantage.
Losers Rule Number One; When you lose, blame the refs.
If they start fining ref’s for bad calls .....
Too bad, I hate to see the drooling psychopathic Belly-Upchuck get a win he didn't earn.
All one can do is shake their head. He had the ball in his hand for two or three steps.
Could the Ravens coach have initiate a challenge?
Borderline calls can go either way. That's why I don't complain about them. If you put yourself in a position to lose by a borderline call, blame yourself.
We wuz robbed!
Who are you gonna believe - your eyes or the lying refs?
They were feeling each other’s fingers.
Too sexy for tv.
who cares about the NFL or NBA anymore....nothing but a bunch of worthless thugs....while Rome burns.
jock sniffs need to get a life.
Looked to me the receiver did not have control of the ball. Correct ruling.
If that was a Brady to Wexler pass.....
I have no dog in this fight - IMHO no catch. Watching it at full speed, he did not have it. I don’t think the play by play guys even gave the call a second thought, or questioned it in any way.
Not in the last two minutes of a half or game. The NFL booth guy has to buzz the ref on the field that a review is called for.
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