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The Detroit Lions were robbed of a victory Sunday when officials ruled that a late-game catch from Calvin Johnson was not a touchdown due to an obscure rule. Trailing the Bears by five, Johnson reeled in a 25-yard catch to give Detroit the lead with under one minute to go.
While Johnson clearly appeared to have possession of the ball, officials ruled that he did not maintain control long enough. The play was ruled an incompletion, and the Lions were unable to score afterwards.
...live interview with the league’s former head of officiating, Mike Pereira, while Johnson’s touchdown was under review. As the decision dragged out, even Pereira seemed to hedge and stumble while defining the “second act.”
If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.
Originally posted by iamcamouflage
reply to post by Roid_Rage27
Do the numbers on the payout for this game if you picked the Lions to win. Vegas balances odds to get more even numbers of people betting on both sides. So if we assumed that it was equal numbers of people betting on both sides, a Lions win means a big loss for vegas. Nobody thought they would win, but there are probably a lot of people who took the bet because the it was a long shot with a huge payout.
Vegas screwed up on their odds and dialed in the ruling on the call so they didnt have to pay out big time.
edit on 13-9-2010 by iamcamouflage because: (no reason given)