Originally written on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The game between the Tampa Bay Bucs and the New Orleans Saints ended up being a shootout and ended in a “replacement ref” type of situation.Needing a touchdown to force overtime on 4th and goal with five seconds remaining, Josh Morgan found Mike Williams in the back of the end zone for a TD. Even though Williams was pushed out of bounds by Saints’ cornerback Patrick Robinson, the refs ruled ‘illegal touching’ because Williams had stepped out of bounds and therefore could not have been the first one to touch the ball.Here’s what Mike Pereira, former Vice President of officiating in the NFL and current FOX Sports analyst, tweeted about the play:In TB not illegal contact because the QB was out of the pocket and you can’t come back in and be the first to touch.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) October 21, 2012It appears from the NFL rule book that the refs made the right call, but it still doesn’t seem right. Williams wouldn’t have gone out of bounds had he not been shoved.
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2 Comments:
  • There was no controversial call. The ref got the call exactly right.
  • "Controversial" means that the call doesn't seem right...well I guess why have rules, if enforcing the rules is considered by this author "controversial". Maybe the author could suggest the Bucs having 50 guys on the field at the same time.

    The bigger "controversial" call was the shift in position and auible by the Bucs during the field goal attempt which caused an unsportsmanlike conduct call and 15 yards which provided the winning touchdown.

    It's in the same premise as the Bucs asking Eli if he's going to take a knee, and then they bullrush him. I guess we're starting to see a trend with Schiano. Why play by NFL rules when college rules seem more appealing. Hopefully, someone will pull him aside and remind him he's in the NFL.
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