Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 9/7/13
Last night’s game was a great way to open the NFL season. Two playoff contenders battled it out, and at the end of the night, it was clear where the game hinged. Early in the third quarter, the Broncos trailed the Ravens by three points. Then Wes Welker dropped a third down pass – except he didn’t. The officials called the play a completed pass, and the Ravens failed to challenge the play, despite clear evidence it was a drop. Sure, Peyton Manning snapped the next play off very quickly, 24 seconds later by NFL.com’s count, but that was still enough time for NBC to replay the “catch,” and the Ravens had spare time to make the call. Now, the question becomes, should the NFL adopt college football’s “replay everything” system. Personally, the answer is no. The current format the NFL uses is obtrusive enough. Anything inside the two-minute mark of either half, any scores and any turnovers are already reviewed. Any further, and the NFL will have to go to college football’s system. Part of the charm of NFL football in comparison to the college game is the way the event flows. In college, there’s a clock stoppage for everything, and it can be maddening. Because NFL games continue to flow, a rhythm develops that isn’t present in college football. By giving coaches the opportunity to challenge meaningful plays and let meaningless ones go, it prevents the booth from feeling obligated to challenge a two-yard completion. Yes, it means every call won’t be perfect, but frankly, no college game is called anywhere near perfectly, and they use replay on every down. Football is made of a human element. In the perfect world, all referees would make perfect calls every game, but they’re part of the human element that has an impact on the game. The NFL’s current system works for me. It ensures the huge plays will be reviewed if they need to be, and it allows some of the lesser calls to be left alone, allowing the game to continue without constant interruptions. [follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chargers would welcome Joey Bosa if he signed contract

Falcons rookie Keanu Neal needs surgery on knee

Jerry Jones unhappy with Ezekiel Elliott's dispensary visit

Texas Tech using fake Twitter accounts to track players

Nike creates custom Air Jordan shoes in tribute to Craig Sager

Browns wanted ‘second-round pick and then some’ for Gordon

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker