NFL Officiating Hits Another Low as Pittsburgh beat Miami?

October 25, 2010

(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – With the Pittsburgh Steelers trailing 22-20 late in the 4th quarter, and facing third-and-goal at the 2, Ben Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived across the goal line on a quarterback draw. The play was ruled a touchdown as both teams scrambled for the ball.

After a review, referee Gene Steratore announced Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring, but said replays were inconclusive on which team recovered, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 left.

One would think the officials would determine who recovered the fumble on the field since there was hesitation before Steratore, ruled the play a touchdown. But like the Detroit Lions – Chicago Bear robbery game on week 1, it seems common sense has been totally taken away from the officials, who are left with rules that doesn’t always fit and make them look like total idiots. The play was either a touchdown or a fumble recovery for Miami, but saying oops it was a fumble, but we can’t conclusively say who recovered is just so weak.


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