There are as many as 16 games a week in the NFL, and on average, there are 155 plays during each of those games.
Seven officials monitor the action on the field, and there's a replay official upstairs. Most of the time, they make a very difficult job look easy.
However, there are missed calls in every game. As an official, you hope a miss doesn't happen on the last play of the game. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case in the Detroit-Minnesota game.
Here was the situation:
Minnesota had the ball, first-and-goal from the Detroit 1-yard line with nine seconds left in the game. Detroit led 34-28. Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb was scrambling out of the pocket when Detroit's DeAndre Levy attempted to tackle Webb, who fumbled the ball. The ball was batted forward by Detroit's Stephen Tulloch, recovered by the Lions' Cliff Avril and the game was deemed over.
It was a very unfortunate miss here. Had this play been officiated correctly, Minnesota would have been entitled to one untimed ...