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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I also agree that you would think the Comp Comm could come up with something objective but they have tried.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 16, 2015 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona may have gotten lucky, considering what the rule might be. By keeping possession, kicker Chandler Catanzaro was able to tack on a field goal to close the first half with a 22-7 Cardinals lead.The issue is, then, about how the rule is being interpreted.Earlier in the day, the New York Giants seemingly had taken a lead on the New England Patriots when Odell Beckham Jr. made an apparent touchdown grab. The ball, however, was knocked out of his possession as he extended his hands to celebrate.The touchdown was taken away, and New York settled for a field goal and a 27-26 lead instead. But the Patriots would react by driving down the field to kick their own game-winning field goal with a second remaining.OBJ had a touchdown. The NFL’s catch rule cost the Giants the game:— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 16, 2015So what is a catch?The NFL rulebook was changed this year to replace the vague requirement that a receiver must make a “football move” in order to say he caught a pass. The alteration has only confused matters, as the two instances this Sunday showed. Only solution would be to go to two feet down with control making it a catch. No time frame of becoming runner. Lots of fumbles would result— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 16, 2015 The Arizona Cardinals were driving late in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks when Carson Palmer connected with tight end Darren Fells.As Fells turned upfield, he was immediately hit, knocking the ball to the ground. Seattle picked it up thinking a catch was completed and the tight end fumbled, but officials ruled the play an incompletion.And then things got confusing.Apparently you can run without establishing yourself as a runner— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) November 16, 2015 Top Stories A break in the play allowed referees and the off-site replay officials to double-check. Indeed, television replays showed Fells had caught the ball and turned upfield before losing control, seemingly making him “established as a runner” — that’s the NFL rulebook language — and thus completing a catch.But there was no review of the play call. Arguably, it became a gift to Arizona.Hold on: Before the Cardinals could continue their drive, the referees stopped the game to finally review the play. As if Arizona wouldn’t get away with a bad call, the initial decision stood.Here’s some line of reasoning from FOX Sports officiating expert Mike Pereira: i agree it is so confusing. I would think that the ruling would stand. In real time to me he did not become a runner. In slo motion, catch.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 16, 2015last_img

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