The National Football League expects to review the confusing rule that cost the Detroit Lions a potentially game-winning touchdown in their season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears.
With seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Lions quarterback Shaun Hill threw what appeared to be a touchdown to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. As he fell backward and a referee signaled touchdown, Johnson set the ball down in the end zone to celebrate with his teammates. At that point, the play was ruled an incomplete pass because Johnson did not maintain control of the ball throughout the catch process. The call was reversed, and the Lions lost the game.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: From Mackinac to Motor Bella, Major Events Return
NFL competition committee co-chair Rich McKay says, “There’s a definite conflict. We have to go back and look if we extended (the rule) too far.”READ MORE: Rolling Stone Magazine Named ‘Respect’ #1 Song Of All Time
Unfortunately, whatever happens, it won’t change the game’s outcome.The competition committee will meet after the Super Bowl and will make recommendations to team owners at the league’s spring meetings in March.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
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