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Week 11

Process of the catch ‘was a judgment call’

Week 11: Chargers at Broncos (video) The process of the catch is not a simple concept for fans in general, but there are two distinct elements once a player has two feet in bounds: If the player is not falling to the ground, he must make a (or have the ability to make) a football…

Why did we change the OT rule exactly?

Week 11: Jaguars at Texans Referee Clete Blakeman nearly presided over tie games in back-to-back weeks. The new overtime rule (to reiterate, we hate it) is that if a team scores a field goal on the opening possession of overtime, the opposing team gets an opportunity to possess the ball. If they equalize the score,…

Quick calls: Week 11

Check this post for a breakdown of calls made by the officiating crews today. Did you see something that is controversial or have a question about a rules interpretation? Respond in the comments section of this post or tweet us @footballzebras. (Officiating assignments)

Week 11 referee assignments

This week, Walt Coleman, Scott Green and Alberto Riveron are off. Mike Carey is also off, but the rest of his crew is working with Bill Vinovich. We have confirmed that there are two injury substitutions to report this week: Head linesman George Hayward (on Bill Leavy’s crew) left the game last Sunday with a calf…