Tag Archives: XLIII

Critical juncture review clause apparently invoked on Packers 2-pt. play

Week 1: Bears vs. Packers The Packers clearly had a successful 2-point conversion late in the game. One replay was aired prior to the kickoff that showed it was close but, undeniably, was a complete pass. As soon as the … Continue reading

Cards’ final play, again, evades replay review

Week 1: 49ers at Cardinals It seems the Arizona Cardinals cannot finish a game without a controversial call on the last play of the game. In the first outing following the controversial game-ending fumble in Super Bowl XLIII, the Cardinals … Continue reading

NFL fines MVP Holmes $10,000 for unpenalized end-zone celebration

The NFL announced, through Adam Schefter’s blog, that Steelers’ receiver Santonio Holmes was fined $10,000 for his end-zone celebration by using the ball as a prop. The celebration came on the game-winning touchdown of Super Bowl XLIII. Vice-president of officiating … Continue reading

Headlinesman reflects on Super assignment

The Ada Evening News of Ada, Okla., has a story on resident headlinesman Derick Bowers, who officiated Super Bowl XLIII. He provides an interesting read on the off-the-field work of an NFL official and about his officiating career. As for … Continue reading

Head of refs firm on fumble, but should have been reviewed

Mike Pereira, the NFL vice president of officiating, conducted his last “Official Review” segment (video) of the season on the NFL Network today. Periera is retiring at the conclusion of next season. Pereira did acknowledge the controversy about not having … Continue reading

No further review on Cards’ last play

Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh vs. Cardinals Officials don’t win or lose games. The Cardinals had a three-point lead with 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. So, rather the defense is mostly responsible for the outcome, rather than the denial of … Continue reading

What if it was a 99-yard interception return?

Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers vs. Cardinals James Harison’s goal-line-to-goal-line run fortunately, and correctly, survived the replay review, but would not have been entirely disasterous if overturned. Even though time expired during the play, an Arizona facemask call would have given … Continue reading

A first in penalties

Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers vs. Cardinals The team safety awarded to the Cardinals — by virtue of the holding penalty enforced in the end zone — was the sixth safety in Super Bowl history. But, it was the first due … Continue reading