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Week 11 officiating video: That punt, that kickoff, and that loose-ball recovery


This week’s officiating video for the media from officiating vice president Dean Blandino covers what appears to be this season’s most difficult calls (video download). As we broke down on Sunday, the fourth-quarter punt return by the Lions was negated by a replay of a Cardinals possession at the goal line. Blandino emphasized the two…

It’s no good; it’s a runback; it’s a safety; no, it’s not: Unraveling Austin’s missed field-goal return


#458301234 / Week 9: Rams at 49ers (video at :57) [Post updated to include pool reporter interview with referee Jerome Boger] The 49ers missed a field goal attempt, and Rams receiver Tavon Austin caught the ball in bounds. He attempted to return the kick, and the entire ball exited the end zone. Austin was…