Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Roethlisberger Rule

Here's the least-known rule in the NFL:

If the Pittsburgh Steelers do not put the ball across the plane of the goal line, it is a touchdown anyway.


Page 776 of the rules digest in the NFL fact book reads: "A player with the ball in his possession scores a touchdown when the ball is on, above or over the goal line." --AP

(I must admit Pittsburgh's final drive was impressive, and the Ravens' pass defense was inexplicably absent while it occurred. I give Pittsburgh credit. Still, it's frustrating to lead for 59 minutes of the game, only to lose in the 60th because of a blown call.)

At least lowly Cincinnati put the Deadskins out of their misery. Yay.


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Joe of St. Thérèse said...

You're not the only one who didn't think it was a touchdown...Now I need my Panthers to beat the Giants

Cygnus said...

I am unimpressed with and unmoved by CBS' attempt to "digitally enhance" the video to show it was a TD. If blurring the image means "enhancement," I'm Ed Reed. The ref made the right call on the field, and there was never enough evidence to change the call.

Instant replay blows.