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November 12, 2012

NFL office: Holliday punt return should have been overturned

An NFL spokesman said Monday that Trindon Holliday's 76-yard punt return for a touchdown in Sunday's game between the Panthers and Broncos should have been overturned and ruled a touchback.

Holliday returned a Brad Nortman punt after fielding it at the Denver 24-yard line. He sped down the sideline but as he was about to cross the goal line, Holliday flipped the ball out of his hand and broke the plane without possession of the ball. (Screen shot via NFL Game Rewind, click to enlarge.)


Replay official Bob Boylston confirmed the touchdown, but a spokesman said he should have stopped the game for an instant replay review.

"Because the video showed that Holliday lost possession of the ball before it broke the plane of the goal line, Boylston should have stopped the game to initiate an instant replay review," the statement said.

"Had that occurred, (referee Al) Riveron would have had the indisputable visual evidence necessary to overturn the on-field ruling."

That would have taken the touchdown off the board, given the ball to the Panthers at their own 20-yard line and kept the score at 7-7 at the start of the second quarter. 

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he realized the fumble after he watched the replay. He said by the time the Carolina staff upstairs saw the replay, it was too late to call a timeout because the PAT had already been attempted. 

"Obviously they didn’t have a chance to see it until after because of what was shown on the replay and by then it was too late," Rivera said Monday. "But I’m at a point where technically I’m not allowed to throw the flag because it was a scoring play."

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM | Permalink


Does anyone really think it would have helped sCam Newton? He couldn't breathe without Von Miller being right in his face. Guess he shouldn't have opened his mouth at the before the game saying the Panthers were going to "crush the Broncos". The joke is on you sCam. Win games before you open your mouth.

Posted by: Randy | Nov 12, 2012 5:29:16 PM

Im just thinking, if I caught that in full speed, live when it happened, that someone in the organization should have spotted it in time to tell the staff on the field to make sure the pat wasnt attempted. Or the replay official should have reviewed the entire play and not just the middle of the run where he was close to the sideline. What is the point in reviewing ALL SCORES if you dont actually review the score. Just wastes time and ruins the flow of the game.

Posted by: David | Nov 12, 2012 5:34:49 PM

Broncos superman that Ho!!!

Posted by: Brian Abeyta | Nov 12, 2012 5:35:24 PM

Just like the sack Charles Johnson had on Eli when his knee was down on the first drive (week3). These calls are clear and produce so much momentum for the opposition and the Panthers do not do well to recover. Both games we were playing up to the hype and potential then a bad call and then it’s downhill from there. Next play Andre Brown with a 31 yard run and on to a rout with Giants fans screaming like they home. It’s the refs fault of course but the players have to never mind that and realize that every minute that remains on that clock they still have a chance. To keep pounding, no pun intended. So what happens this game at home?...they get that call against them and the rout was on with Broncos fans screaming like they home. Was it a happenstance with it being Peyton and Eli? Coincidence these were the only games we were blown out. The respect needs to get through to the players and then the league needs to get in line. Because right now the league don’t and haven’t respected us for 4-5 years now. It is evident. IT IS TIME FOR THAT TO STOP!!! GO GET RIGHT PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Nov 12, 2012 5:37:53 PM

So take 7 points away then, broncos still win 29-14. Hope they talk to Holliday and he learn to hold on to the ball the whole way. Just a few more ways for a guy to get cut, get it together Holliday, second week in a role he fling the ball out close to the end zone

Posted by: Broncosnative | Nov 12, 2012 5:39:12 PM

This is just like the DeAngelo TD vs Washington. Yes, the call was wrong, but no, the outcome of the game was not affected. TD or touchback, 14-7 or 7-7, we still gave up 7 sacks, a pick-6, a safety and a TD pass to Stokley where he was so open he probably needed counseling to deal with all the loneliness he was experiencing. We still lose the game big, even if they got the call right.

Posted by: J | Nov 12, 2012 5:44:02 PM

Why does it seem like all the away teams when they come to Carolina they never call the right calls or we are always on the bad side of the call and.............. we are the HOME TEAM!!!!

Posted by: JOSH | Nov 12, 2012 5:56:50 PM

Give all of the Panthers a towell to put over their head except Cam and then he will be a standout QB , that's the only way he is going to be a stand out....

Posted by: Jim gregory | Nov 12, 2012 8:10:21 PM

Doesn't matter they had the points to win even if you took that play away.

Rivera and Newton are proving to be duds.

Posted by: Jim1 | Nov 13, 2012 9:11:54 AM

That play would not have effected the outcome of the game.

Posted by: michael | Nov 13, 2012 12:38:00 PM

Dear you ignorant bronco fvcker$,
Yes you whipped us badly but this TD should have never counted and it was a crucial momentum swing that stumped our offense. Good game but still a HUGH missed call

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