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On further review...

November 23, 2012 - John Mehno
The NFL has always said the purpose of the replay rule is to get the call right.

That makes sense. You can tolerate the delays in the game if the call is correct.

That concept fell apart in the Thanksgiving afternoon Houston-Detroit game when an incorrect call was allowed to stand because of a technicality.

So everyone at the stadium and everyone watching on TV saw that the call on the field was 100 percent wrong. Yet it couldn't be changed, and Houston wound up with a touchdown it shouldn't have had. The game was decided in overtime, so the incorrect call had a big impact. The outcome of the game could affect the postseason fate of both teams.

It was an embarrassment for the NFL, and it exposed a loophole that will have to be closed.

 
 

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