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Week 11 ‘Official Review’: Breaking plane can’t be ruled on obscured shots




Since I was waiting for a second video to be posted (and there was not one), this got lost in the shuffle of the Thanksgiving weekend. Only one call for “Official Review” from Week 11 with vice president of officiating Carl Johnson and director of instant replay Dean Blandino.

  • Buccaneers at Panthers. On a goal-line plunge, the Buccaneers fumbled the ball, which was ruled a fumble before the player broke the plane of the goal line. It was reviewed in replay but the angles from both sides of the field did not show a clear shot of the ball as it broke the plane. Therefore, the call on the field stood, because there was no indisputable evidence that the touchdown preceded the fumble.

Let’s make a note of this post for the next time someone is advocating for PylonCam — a camera mounted inside the boundary marker for the end zone.

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)