NFC Divisional Playoff
We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the Seahawks-Falcons game. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.)
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Today’s crew is headed by Walt Coleman. The full crew list is at the bottom of this post.
Final, Falcons 30-28
4th Qtr | :08. Falcons — Matt Bryant 48-yard field goal. Falcons 30-28.
4th Qtr | :34 Seahawks — Marshawn Lynch 1-yard touchdown run. Seahawks 28-27.
The replay official called for a review of the ball breaking the plane of the goal prior to being fumbled. Walt Coleman confirmed the touchdown call.
4th Qtr | 9:13. Seahawks — Zach Miller 3-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. Falcons 27-21.
4th Qtr | 13:01. Seahawks — Russell Wilson 1-yard touchdown run. Falcons 27-14.
End of 3rd Quarter, Falcons 27-7.
3rd Qtr | 2:11. Falcons — Jason Snelling 5-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. Falcons 27-7. The extra-point attempt was blocked, but the Seahawks were offsides, so the penalty allows the Falcons to re-try from the 1-yard line. On the second extra-point attempt, the Seahawks were again offsides. Since the second attempt succeeded, the 5-yard penalty was assessed on the kickoff.
3rd Qtr | 9:47.Seahawks — Golden Tate 29-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. Falcons 20-7.
Halftime, Falcons 20-0
Penalties — Seahawks: 4 for 20 yards. Falcons: 2 for 10 yards. Replay reviews — 1 called by the replay booth on a touchdown catch, call was confirmed.
2nd Qtr | :00. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked at the 20-yard line with about 10 seconds remaining. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the half, the clock does not stop on a quarterback sack. Since it was 4th down, the Seahawks could not spike the ball to stop the clock, because that consumes a down.
The on-screen graphic indicated there may have been 1 second remaining on the clock. However, since the Seahawks lineman had not been set when the clock showed :01, no legal snap could have taken place at that point. The line judge was watching the clock, primarily, in this situation.
The umpire could not take time off the clock to fine-tune the spot of the ball, but the Seahawks might have lost about a yard on the sack.
2nd Qtr | 4:16. Falcons — Roddy White 47-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. Replay official challenged the catch ruling, and the play was confirmed. Falcons 20-0.
2nd Qtr | 9:13. Falcons — Matt Bryant 37-yard field goal. Falcons 13-0.
End of 1st Quarter, Falcons 10-0
1st Qtr | 3:27. Two solid boundary calls: first, a catch by Falcons tight end Chase Coffman at the 1-yard line was correctly ruled in real time as side judge Rick Patterson and head linesman Mark Hittner both collaborated on the catch call. Generally, the nearest official watches the feet, and the other official will help with a ruling of control or whether the receiver bobbled the ball.
On the next play, tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a ball at the back of the end zone, inches from the end line. Back judge Greg Yette had the call correct in real time without the benefit of replay.
1st Qtr | 3:10. Falcons — Tony Gonzalez 1-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. Falcons 10-0.
1st Qtr | 9:20. Matt Bryant 32-yard field goal. Falcons 3-0.
|R||65||Walt Coleman||24||Arkansas||manager, dairy processor|
|U||81||Roy Ellison||10||Coleman||Savannah State||technical staff member|
|HL||28||Mark Hittner||16||Hochuli||Pittsburg State||investment broker|
|LJ||18||Byron Boston||18||Anderson||Austin||tax consultant|
|FJ||4||Craig Wrolstad||10||Hochuli||Washington||athletic director|
|BJ||38||Greg Yette||3||Coleman||Howard||defense contractor|
- Alternates: Dan Ferrell (upfield), Jerry Bergman (line), Todd Prukop (deep)
- Replay official: Bob McGrath
- Replay assistant: Russell Yurk
- Supervisor: Neely Dunn
- Observer: John Schleyer