Today’s crew is headed by Alberto Riveron. His crew contains members from other officiating squads that were rating in the top three this season. The full crew list is at the bottom of this post.
Incomplete pass in the end zone for the Ravens: In order to complete the process of the catch, you must have two feet down and have the ability to complete a football move. If the ball is dropped or knocked down there must be some recognizable amount of time possessing the ball after the second foot. These are called “bang-bang” plays where the ball pops out with the second foot. A still frame of the foot being down doesn’t finish that catch immediately.
4th Qtr | 0:22 Lee Evans needed to get both feet down in order for the catch in the end zone to count. The ball was knocked out by Sterling Moore just prior to Evans’ second foot came down. Good call on the field.
4th Qtr | 7:22. On the Ravens interception in the end zone, back judge Keith Ferguson made the right call in real time.
4th Qtr | 12:19. One hell of a spot for head linesman Kent Payne on the third down and goal. The runner had the ball in his right (upfield) arm. That was as close as it gets.
The replay angle right down the goal line cinches it: Tom Brady’s knee was down, and Riveron overturned the touchdown.
4th Qtr | 12:19 This touchdown on a Tom Brady run should be reversed by replay, as Brady’s knee was down just prior to the ball reaching the front of the goal line. The last replay shown, right along the goal line, was conclusive.
Another replay review on the way, but it appears that the ball broke the plane of the end zone prior to the knee going down.
The call on the field is touchdown, so we are looking for conclusive evidence that it is not a touchdown.
You could argue that both of those interceptions directly resulted from those penalties, and would not have happened otherwise. Brady knew he had a free play on the most recent one, and the earlier illegal contact call caused the receiver to deflect the ball instead of securing it cleanly.
3rd Qtr | :10 Second Ravens interception by the Ravens that was negated by penalty (offsides for this one, illegal contact on the first-quarter pick).
3rd Qtr | 3:48. On the replay review of the touchdown, it appears that the runner is out of bounds from the end-zone angle. However, a side angle shows a little sliver of green between the sideline and his shoe, meaning he is still in bounds. There is no conclusive evidence to overturn, therefore the touchdown call on the field stands. In fact, the announcement was “the ruling on the field stands,” otherwise Riveron would have said “the ruling is confirmed.”
Update: Video of the play http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000d5d82637b03/Smith-leaps-for-six
First half summary. Penalties: Ravens 3 for 18 yards (illegal contact erased interception, facemask, false start); Patriots 1 for 5 yards (12 men on the field for point-after-touchdown kick). Replay: No reviews.
It may not have been enough to qualify as indisputable visual evidence, but still might have been worth challenging. In real time, it certainly didn’t look like a catch.
Looks like it was worth a challenge by the
Ravens Patriots (sorry, typing fast). Even in slow-motion, you have difficulty seeing the left foot, unless you pause it. Even with the benefit of replay, commentator Phil Simms said “definitely out of bounds,” because the replay rolled forward enough to not see both.
2nd Qtr | 3:11 A close call on a Rob Gronkowski catch. In real time, it looks like a good call, but on the super slow motion replay, it appears his left foot was still on the ground just as the pass hits his hands. Then his right foot comes down in bounds, before the left comes down out of bounds.
2nd Qtr | 3:15 No intentional grounding on a Tom Brady pass, as Danny Woodhead was in the area and it reached the line of scrimmage.
2nd Qtr | 7:11 Great spot on a Ray Rice run on 3rd and inches. No part of Rice’s body was down until his back hit the turf.
The officials declared the play dead once the player’s helmet comes off. From the Rulebook, 7-2-1(r):
Dead Ball Declared. An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended … when a runner’s helmet comes completely off.
Ben should chime in….
I need to get a second keyboard to tweet and live blog at the same time.
1st qtr | 4:38. On the punt return, the runner was pushed backwards, but then, under his own power, went further backwards in an effort to navigate around the blocking. In this case, the punt returner does not get the benefit of his forward progress.
1st qtr | 5:49. Good spot by line judge Podraza on forward progress by Williams. Even though he was spun around, and looked like he made a second effort, he was still contained.
1st Qtr | 5:49 Interesting spot on a 1st down Ricky Williams run. His initial forward progress was between the 15 & 16 yard line, but was then pushed back, then seemed to lunge forward again to around the 13. The ball was spotted at about the 14. Ben should chime in, but I believe that if the runner starts forward again after being pushed back, this constitutes a new forward progress spot. The final spot was somewhere between the two.
Line judge Tim Podraza is officiating his first championship game. Generally, only officials with five years’ seniority are selected, but Podraza is in his fourth season.
1st qtr | 13:40 Ravens punt: no contact with the punter, even though he flopped on the ground. If any of the Patriots had contacted him, they were all actively blocked, so they would not have been penalized.
Today’s crew, listed with the referee they worked under in the regular season:
- R — #57 Alberto Riveron (8th year, 4th as referee)
- U — #115 Tony Michalek (10th year, Ron Winter)
- HL — #79 Kent Payne (8th year, Carl Cheffers)
- LJ — #47 Tim Podraza (4th year, Mike Carey)
- FJ — #33 Steve Zimmer (15th year, Riveron)
- SJ — #97 Tom Hill (13th year, Winter)
- BJ — #61 Keith Ferguson (12th year, Leavy
- Alternates — Walt Anderson (#66, R), Terry Brown (#43, FJ from Terry McAulay’s crew)