Count me as one of the many who were happy when instant replay was introduced to the NFL.
Unfortunately, it’s not helped make the game better. Instead we have multiple instances of questionable calls/no-calls. A game-changer came during Seattle’s 13-10 win over the Lions on Monday night.
The Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor forced Detroit’s Calvin Johnson to fumble into the end zone, and Seattle’s K.J. Wright knocked the ball out of the back of the end zone. Whoops. That’s a no-no.
A player can’t bat the ball in the end zone. Detroit should have been awarded a first down. Instead, Seattle held on for the win. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said that the batting of a ball is a judgment call and couldn’t be reviewed.
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Fortunately, the NFL tweeted the play and terrible explanation:
1. C’mon, really, you can’t review that?
2. What was the back judge who was 5 feet away thinking?
You can read more on the game here.