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Texans at 49ers (video)
Chad Brown drops the ball depriving the Texans the chance to spike the ball at the end of the first half. Did the 49er player knock the ball out of Brown’s hands? If he did, I think Brown would have stopped the clock. I think Brown was just bumped and jostled and lost the handle. Unfortunate turn of events.
Texans at 49ers
Excellent offensive pass interference call on the Texans’ WR DeAndre Hopkins. He tried to use the defender as leverage to get position to leap for the ball. Mike Weir, field judge #50 on the call. The call happened just in front of the two-minute warning in the first half.
Panthers at Cardinals (video)
This is officially ruled a fumble and return for a TD. If the ball fell to the ground, I’m sure the Ravens would have challenged it hoping for an incomplete pass. It was a moot point though, as the defender caught it out of the air and ran for the TD. Referee John Parry didn’t have to make a ruling.
Seahawks at Colts (video at 2:13)
Seahawks defensive lineman Chris Clemens forced a fumble on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. During the play, Clemens’ arm hit Luck in the helmet. The rule which prevents unnecessary hits to the head mostly applies only when the quarterback has thrown the ball. Typically, an unnecessary hit would be after the ball is thrown and a pass rusher immediately delivers a cheap blow to the head. However, a pass rusher going for the ball can incidentally make contact to the helmet while making a play on the ball (except for flagrant unnecessary roughness).
In covering the passer position, Referees will be particularly alert to fouls in which defenders impermissibly … use hands, arms, or other parts of the body to hit the passer forcibly in the head or neck area (see also the other unnecessary roughness rules covering these subjects).
Panthers at Cardinals (video)
Cam Newton is sacked for a safety. Note line judge Adrian Hill on the replay. It is his job to get forward progress on a QB sack. He was at the goal line to rule if Newton had broken away and gotten out of the end zone. Excellent mechanics.
Chiefs at Titans (video)
Chiefs recovered a muffed kick at the goal line. The kicking team cannot advance the muffed kick; in all instances when a punt passes the line of scrimmage, the play is dead once the kicking team possesses the ball, unless the receiving team possesses it first.
Since the ball was recovered on the goal line, it is a dead ball in the Chiefs possession in the Titans end zone. Chiefs get the touchdown.
Seahawks at Colts (video)
A blocked punt by the Seahawks appeared to be recovered in the end zone by Jeron Johnson for a touchdown. Referee Ron Winter ruled it a safety (with a confirmation by umpire Carl Paganelli) and confirmed in replay.
Johnson does not hold on to the ball as he is going out of bounds. Possession of the ball is determined much the same as a catch. Had Johnson held on to the ball and demonstrated control of the ball, it would have been ruled a touchdown, even though he slid out. But when Johnson stood up, the ball was out of his hands, rolling around near the photographers. Therefore, he’s ruled to have not recovered the ball.
Eagles at Giants
Giants took a timeout and then challenged an Eagles catch at the sideline. While the receiver was in bounds, the process of the catch was not completed, and should have been overturned to incomplete.
If the Giants challenged the feet in bounds, Walt Coleman still reviews the entire play, including a catch-process ruling. Coleman ruled the call stands.
We likely will have video later in the day. (
Because of the timeout and the lost challenge, the Giants were charged two timeouts in the same dead-ball period.
Eagles at Giants
Giants running back David Wilson is driven back from the 2-yard line into his end zone. Wilson appears to attempt to run forward again and is tackled immediately (animated image via Deadspin).
Walt Coleman’s crew ruled that forward progress was stopped at the 2, and it is not reviewable. Because Wilson started to show a run again complicates the no-safety call. I think that Wilson did not regain enough of his own power to not give him the benefits of a forward-progress ruling. Fox Sports analyst said that he “was inclined” to rule it a safety. The play was not ruled dead before Wilson was downed in the end zone, so the whistle was not a factor.
This week’s referee assignments.