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Indisputable Visual Evidence

Nov 14, 2005, 2:46 AM EDT

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That is Mike Alstott’s right elbow, the one attached to the arm carrying the ball. The white line is the goal line. It’s physically impossible for the ball to be across the plane of the goal line before Alstott is down, which is the moment that elbow touches the ground.

This isn’t like the safety call in Denver that the refs tucked up. We don’t know how that would have effected the dynamic of the game as it happened in the third quarter. This one, though, is different as all the Redskins would have had to do was to recover an onside kick, which the receiving team does some 90% of the time in the NFL.

You can talk about the other elements that cost the Redskins the game and there were many, but it came down to the Redskins needed to keep the Bucs from getting a yard. They did that but the call was blown twice, first by the official who just saw Allstott get the ball over the plane eventually, after he was down, and then by the referee who reviewed the call under the hood. It’s his call. If that’s no indisputable visual evidence then there is no such thing.

Here’s the same picture but cropped a little wider, as some of you have requested:

  1. Anonymous - Nov 14, 2005 at 3:01 AM

    Rich,
    I can’t distinguish much from this picture, can you back up a few resolutions so I can get a better idea of what I am seeing? Then I will be able to understand the picture better. This is kind of like Greg Brady taking pictures at the big game, and having them blown up to show the receiver’s foot was in bounds (just kidding)!

  2. Rich Tandler - Nov 14, 2005 at 3:15 AM

    OK, there you go. Hope you can see it better here.

  3. b. - Nov 14, 2005 at 1:45 PM

    yes a horrible call.

    but what really gets me the next day is what the hell kind of defense was Williams calling on that last drive.

    how many times had they been beaten by blitzing before that last drive? then call a blitz on that touchdown! unbelievable. i saw it coming from the moment the simms released the ball.

    single coverage on a deep route like that when you’re up by a td and have already been burned a couple of times. inexcusable.

    as they say, fool me four times, kick me in the head.

  4. Anonymous - Nov 15, 2005 at 5:28 AM

    Did you see that play were Terry Glenn burned Lito Sheppard? Same thing as what happened with Galloway and the Redskins. Philly sent the house, Cowboys max protected, Bledsoe had a man in single coverage, and he threw to a wide open Glenn.

  5. Allen in Richmond - Nov 16, 2005 at 12:23 PM

    Every week I hear about Gibbs sending the tapes of the bad calls up to the NFL for review. Does the NFL ever release a response? I would love to know the results of these reviews. Rich, can you report on these, or give a link where they can be found?

  6. Rich Tandler - Nov 16, 2005 at 12:39 PM

    Allen, I would imagine that if there is any kind of acknowledgement from the NFL that the call was wrong the Redskins PR office will be sure that we are all aware of it. In any case, I’ll be sure that the news makes its way here.

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