Free John Beck wrote:they said on mike & mike this morning that the play was looked at upstairs and confirmed. if the calvin johnson TD week 1 vs the bears last year didn't count, no way you can count that one.
x2. Unfortunately, this play wasn't even close. If he had gotten both feet down and was in the process of a THIRD step, that would be a close call. This was not. The rule that applies is the same rule in the field of play regarding catch/fumble vs. incompletion. If the defender makes contact simultaneous to possession (second foot coming down) and the ball comes loose, it is an incomplete pass. Even had he swatted the ball out after the second foot came down, the "process" that we hear so much about these days would not have been completed until he made a move with the ball or began taking his third step.
Hate the Pats...Why Cundiff?!? Why?!!?
this is the can of worms the league opened when they decided to use legalize rather than common sense in judging what is and is not a catch. John Madden had a book titled "One Knee Equals Two Feet." back when you only need to have possession and two feet, or one knee, in bounds for a catch to be legal. Now you have to complete some vague, hazy thing call a process of catching a ball that leaves everything up to interpretation. Result is that catches are overturned due to flimsy evidence, ironically, despite that a ball run over a goal line is a TD if it goes over the line regardless of wether the process of running the ball over ended in a fumble. Just doesn't make sense.
Evans didn't hold onto the ball, though, so Ratbirds weren't cheated. (even though we know league mandate was to do all we can to get Pats into SB