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NFL says Bryant’s TD Should Have Been Ruled Incomplete

martavis-bryant-terence-newman_pg_600Did the ref’s get any calls right in this game? Shouldn’t this game be forced into a “do over” now that we are learning much more just days later? There are two things for sure, it was a very athletic play by Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant, and not even the play-off selected refs know what is a catch in the NFL right now.

The touchdown Bryant made last week, helping the Pittsburgh Steelers to a wild-card win over the Cincinnati Bengals, was only upheld according to NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, due to insufficient video evidence,

The ruling, according to Blandino, should have been an incomplete pass.

“I don’t think this is a catch,” Blandino said, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “If I just had a blank slate and I could say, ‘Do you think it’s a catch or not a catch?’ I would (have) said no catch. But the ruling on the field was a catch, and we have to see clear and obvious evidence that it’s not a catch.”

Bladino said the issue was whether Bryant had control of the ball, and got both feet in bounds, as he attempted to pin it against the back of his leg. He also claims the replay didn’t provide indisputable video evidence to the contrary, the initial touchdown call was upheld. Well here is a video that I found on YouTube after searching for about a minute that shows me a pretty good angle. I am sure that the NFL has access to this and multiple other videos, yet they go with inconclusive evidence?

Bryant’s catch was Pittsburgh’s lone touchdown of the game, putting his team up 15-0 late in the third quarter. The early advantage was enough for the Steelers to hold off Cincinnati’s late comeback attempt and thus advance to this weekend’s divisional round.

In closing, I would like to point out another fact. By a show of hands how many of you watched every NFL game last weekend? Keep your hands up. Now how many of you watched at least some of every game last weekend? Why can’t NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino do the same thing? Why does he have to wait until Thursday to tell us that the NFL is rigged and they wanted the Steelers to win?

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