Posted November 12, 2012

NFL admits to officiating mistake on punt return TD

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The NFL admitted errors were made on two officiating calls on Monday, including one that allowed a touchdown to stand and another one which allowed the game clock to run for more than a minute, reports NFL.com. 

The first came in Denver’s 36-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers when Denver punt returner Trindon Holliday ran a punt back 76 yards and fumbled before he reached the end zone.

“Because the video showed that Holliday lost possession of the ball before it broke the plane of the goal line, (replay official Bob) Boylston should have stopped the game to initiate an instant replay review,” the league said in a statement.  “Had that occurred, (referee Alberto) Riveron would have had the indisputable visual evidence necessary to overturn the on-field ruling. The result of the play should have been a touchback — not a touchdown — with Carolina gaining possession at the 20 yard-line.”

In the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams, more than a minute of game clock ran off when officials brought out measurement chains. The NFL said the clock operator was at fault, not the officials. The game ended in a 24-24 tie.

“No member of the officiating crew recognized that the clock was incorrectly started by the clock operator during the measurement,” the statement said. “Once the next snap occurs, there is no mechanism to adjust the clock. Matters of timing are not reviewable by instant replay.”


7 comments
mwr5053
mwr5053

Don't you think the officials would like a way to properly re-set the timeclock if some dufus makes a big mistakwe and lets it run during a measurement? There are no rules for fixing this? WTF???

pljaye
pljaye

You mean the "regular" refs make mistakes? NO FOOLING! Where are all of the sheep who hysterically cried that the "integrity" of the game was being compromised by using "replacement" officials? Bad calls have occurred every week since the NFL's inception. For some reason, it seems that "Joe Average Fan" thinks that the current refs--the guys making a fortune in salary and benefits compared to their replacement counterparts--shouldn't be held to the same standard as refs who were on the job for only a few weeks. How else can the virtual silence over the continuing gaffes be explained?

JaySchuls
JaySchuls

Ok great   the NFL admits that they made mistakes   now what are they going to do about it?    This is the same as Clinton taking jumping up admitting that she is at fault for the lack of security  at the Embassy but not receiving any real punishment for her total lack of leadership abilities

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Wow, it sure is brave of the NFL admitting to officiating errors. Since, like the whole bloody football universe knows it. Inadvertent whistles. Unseen fumbles. Clock mismanagement. But the NFL blaming the clock operator instead of the officials is like USC blaming that student manager for letting air out of the footballs.

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

this can't be right because the "regular" officials don't make mistakes!  only the "replacement" refs make mistakes and had to be replaced!

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

This is what happens when you're dealing with UNION reps and employees. You get negotiations, delays and strikes for more money, and then you're stuck with more problems than you had before. So what do you get for all of it? Nothing, but  more expensive mistake(s).

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @JaySchuls I hear the same thing over and over again. People 'taking responsibility' for irresponsible actions, but facing no consequences at all. They think (and your example is just one of many with politicians) that saying the words 'I take full responsibility' means something, but nothing actually happens. The NFL is continuing that tradition here. I don't expect it to change any time soon.