Posted December 10, 2013

NFL: Bengals’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis wrongly awarded touchdown

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis AP Photo/David Kohl)

Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores one of his six rushing touchdowns this season. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

The NFL said that an officiating crew made the wrong call by awarding a touchdown to Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis during the Bengals’ 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

On a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard line in the second quarter of the game, Green-Ellis made contact with Colts defensive tackle Josh Chapman, causing him to go down. The original call had Green-Ellis short of the goal line, giving the ball to the Colts.

The play was overturned by referee Jeff Triplette giving the Bengals a 14-0 lead.

“No, it wasn’t the correct call,” NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network. “There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.”

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Blandino said there wasn’t “indisputable visual evidence” to say the original call on the field was incorrect.

“That’s the standard. When we look at these angles, it’s close,” Blandino said. “Don’t think it’s definitive either way. And when it’s not definitive either way, that means the call on the field should stand. So we made a mistake here. This should not have been overturned.”


12 comments
Joebuckster
Joebuckster

So the mistake may have been that he was contacted. Then they made another mistake overturning it. But nobody really knows if the right 'call' was made. Looked to me like he wasn't touched. I'd have overturned it too. 

playemball
playemball

This would be more of a story if the Bengals still didn't win by 14..it's the games that the refs get wrong that cost other teams games..

Fifilo
Fifilo

What buffoonery. Had the call right the first time, then overturned on what was indisputable evidence the man was down. NFL needs dedicated replay refs.

ParishToni1
ParishToni1

For the last upteen years i have been saying that instant replay should be taken out.  For every correct call, there are 2 that are incorrectly overturned.  Calls are overturned way too many times.  If the refs cannot make a decision in 30 secs, then there is obviously doubt on the play. it should not be overturned but yet week in and week out, calls are overturned without CLEAR VISUAL evidence. What is funny about the whole situation is that with all the technology and billions of dollars the nfl makes, we can only see 3 angles on every play and none of the angles help to see the play correctly.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Yet, this happened in the second quarter.  So instead of a kickoff, the Colts get the ball near their own endzone.  Didn't it change every play thereafter?

DougBeers
DougBeers

It's unbelievable that refs who have all the time they need can still screw these things up.  They should have all the angles they need, and they do have all the time they need.  We need to keep the replay but Triplette should be fired immediately if this is his doing, and anyone else who can't operate this system should also be canned.  Maybe a time limit is in order as well, as if evidence to overturn can't be obviously found within say 2 minutes it, by definition is not clear and indisputable.

matt37
matt37

The system is fine, the officials are flawed.  Players get fined all the time-time to fine officials.

jordanN
jordanN

Precisely. Changes every subsequent play, and momentum.

beardown86
beardown86

@matt37 players make millions. i don't know how much refs get paid, but i doubt it's that much. otherwise many of them wouldn't need second jobs. football's a fast moving game. it's hard to get everything right. this was just a terrible call. fire someone, yeah. but don't fine them.

jordanN
jordanN

I think Peter King has mentioned salaries in the 6-figure range. The fines could be commensurate to their pay scale.

matt37
matt37

Yeah, because firing part time employees is kinder than fining them.