Standing fourth and 10 of his own 37 with 50 seconds left in Saturday’s Super Wild Card opening, Colts quarterback Philip Rivers found receiver Zach Pascal for the first drop. When Pascal, who went to land to make the catch, got up and tried to escape, things became interesting.
What happened next caused four different mistakes by the NFL refereeing function.
First, when Pascal got up (untouched) and tried to push the ball, he rubbed it. Buffalo recovered, putting him on two knees down from victory, as the Colts had no time to wait. Officers missed that Pascal got up before he got involved, managing Pascal through contact.
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Third, the decision on the ground had to be overturned, but it was not overturned. How was it not canceled? It is clear and obvious that Pascal was not touched before he got up, it is clear and obvious that the ball came out before he was decided again, and it is clear and obvious that Bills is making up for the mess.
Fourth, Judge Brad Allen’s final explanation – that there will be no waiting time on the bills because the replay review is activated by the league office – is simply incorrect. The league office buzzes and talks to Alan. Alan would have known if he had been connected to the league before Bills called a timeout.
The first three mistakes hurt the accounts. The fourth helped them by allowing them to call a time-out later when they didn’t like the look they got from the Colts per second and 11 with 14 seconds left.
The official NFL department has already joined in with an explanation that conveys the magic words, but does not give a real explanation: “[T]he decides on the field that the runner fell in contact. This was not clear and obvious visual evidence to overturn the decision, so it stands. “
With all due respect, this is wrong. And if the Colts had won the game, the league office would have dealt with the anger of Buffalo fans for weeks, if not months, if not years.