Originally posted on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 10/21/12
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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