Same as always, just getting the media attention now. The replay refs are the full time guys. By rule the receiver had his hands on the ball and there was dual possesion....it could go either way, and seattle never let go. Hey at least it a fair playing field now, the Pats and the Pac both lost on calls that they normally win on.
To answer that question, officials referred to the NFL Rulebook, specifically rule 8, section 1, article 3, item 5 (there are a lot of rules in that book; it's about 10 times as long as the United States Constitution):
If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.
In less-Hochulian terms: You know the "tie goes to the runner" rule in baseball? Simultaneous catch is the football equivalent. If two guys come down with the ball, somebody has to be credited with a catch and it might as well be the team that already has possession. It's a rule of convenience and common sense.
The issue is that the two officials looked at each other and then made opposite calls simultaneously. In a situation that is so clearly debatable they need to do just that...talk about it and make a call both officials agree on.
It's not the 'speed of the game' plays or the questionable calls that is the problem, because yeah, the regular refs have the same issues there...it's the way the new refs handle the game and game situations that is a clear issue.
I don't even have cable, so I don't watch SportsCenter or Total Access or any of that crap. I don't even watch pregame or postgame shows. The only things I watch are the games themselves, so I am not overexposed to the media coverage...
The replacement refs are, in fact, much worse than the regular refs...not only in the area of missed calls/non-calls-that-should-be-called, but they are lacking in their knowledge of the rules and are unable to control the game...
The fact that regulation games taking almost four hours is becoming commonplace rather than a rarity is a reflection on the refs...
The refs are also allowing some players to get away with more, which eventually leads to other players being hurt...what happened to Ziggy is a prime example...the refs called nothing on the Raiders, so players pushed the envelope and got away with a blatant chop block...
It has become pathetic...
But the Steelers CBs aren't taking advantage. And we've got 3 big DBs that should be hitting anyone coming off the LOS.
- 2-11-OAK 11 (1:32) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short right to 84-A.Brown to OAK 1 for 10 yards (52-P.Wheeler). FUMBLES (52-P.Wheeler), and recovers at OAK 0. TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on OAK-93-T.Kelly, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs. The Replay Assistant challenged the loose ball recovery ruling, and the play was Upheld.
- 6-S.Suisham extra point is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-9-D.Butler.
- PIT 31 OAK 21 Plays: 8 Possession: 5:04
- Oakland Raiders at 01:31
- 6-S.Suisham kicks 58 yards from 50 to OAK -8. 25-M.Goodson, Touchback.
ya with as fast as the raiders were scoring there I must have gotten them confused.