Originally written September 25, 2012 on Football Nation:
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Yes, the NFL is using replacement referrers – but at least they have not made a bad call that decided the outcome of a game…oh wait.The Seattle Seahawks escaped with a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers when a final-second, Hail Mary attempt was ruled a touchdown. Russell Wilson heaved the ball to the corner of the end zone where it was intercepted by the Packers’ M.D. Jennings – except it wasn’t. Even though Jennings clearly had the ball, Golden Tate ripped the ball away and was given the game-winning score.According to the NFL rulebook: Rule 8, Article 3, Item 5, “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.”Jennings appeared to be the one who controlled the ball first and then Golden Tate came in after the fact to pull it away. By rule, the Green Bay Packers should have been given the i...
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