Yep, He Got the Foot Down

Sometimes the play comes to you—in the Niners-Panthers game, photographer Simon Bruty got an up-close look at the Vernon Davis TD that was originally ruled out. Here’s the sequence • PHOTOGRAPHS BY SIMON BRUTY/SI

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Gs1
Gs1

This was an obvious touchdown caught RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE REF!. How he got it wrong is beyond belief. But there is one cure for bad ref calls and that is to step up like Whitner did and take control of the game when the refs called that bovine crap roughing the passer penalty on Dan Skuta.

Fleeb
Fleeb

I'm sorry, these photo's don't convince me that this was a catch. for this to be a catch he has to complete the process in bounds. Remembering that these frames encompass a split second, look at the position of the ball in frames 4, 5, and 6. Can you tell me he has secured the ball? No. It is clearly moving. It is in a markedly different position in each frame, and by frame 6 he is out of bounds. No catch.



AlexPapp
AlexPapp

The catch and play should of never happened.  Twelve men on the field in the huddle, Harbough on the field during the pay.  The refs were obvioulsy pulling for a hawks vs. 49ers championship game.  Its obvious with the calls against carolina and in favor of san fran.  This NFL is a joke these days. 

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

@AlexPapp Your team lost straight up. As soon as the 49ers stuffed that second goal line possession they won that game mentally. The broadcast team made a big deal how "Riverboat Ron" would always gamble on 4th down. He lost that bet once and instead of going double or nothing he folded and took the field goal. You'll notice they didn't score a single point after that. It totally sucked what mojo or swagger the Panthers had going for them and tilted the momentum in the Niners favour.

misterkesslerinlondon
misterkesslerinlondon

@AlexPapp Sigh... refs pulling for a hawks vs. 49ers championship game? Is that why the refs called all those goal line tries down at the half yard line? They were cheating for the 49ers? Or instead of it being obvious that the calls weren't going Carolina's way, maybe it was obvious that Carolina just lost the damn game.

rcs24pro
rcs24pro

@AlexPapp  Like Jimgunderson said, the ref hadn't marked the ball as ready to play. He specifically addressed it in a post game interview here:

http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/referee-explains-no-flag-49ers-12-men-huddle


Also, Harbaugh ran on to the field AFTER the play to tell the official that the clock was still running (after an incomplete pass). In his post game he said that he noticed the clock was still running down and the refs hadn't seen it, and that if the pass was incomplete those missing seconds really mattered in order to take one more shot at the endzone before time expired so that there would still be time to attempt a field goal.

Jimgunderson
Jimgunderson

@AlexPapp The ball wasn't marked in play....pretty much negates your 12 men in huddle whine and Harbaugh wasn't on field of play until after the play was finished. He ran onto field to argue the wrong call. But I will agree with you on one account, the NFL / Referees are a joke now days. If they were just consistent on both sides of the ball, I would be happy. the seahawks defense holds on every call by design. All it would take is for the refes to call it the way the game was intended from the beginning and the crap would stop - regardless of the team.

Fleeb
Fleeb

@anonymousbin @Fleeb Replay officials job is to tell the ref to take another look. It is the ref who disagrees. And we all know the refs never get these wrong.


The call on the field was incomplete pass. The ref has to see indisputable evidence that the receiver has possession AND control of the ball before he goes out of bounds. As the pictures clearly show he does not have control of the ball when his left foot goes bounds, this is a bad ruling.


I am thrilled that we get to see 49ers/Seahawks, and I don't cheer for either of these teams, but that doesn't change the fact that the refereeing was very unfair to Carolina in this game, and that this was a terrible call.

kstreetdawg
kstreetdawg

@rcs24pro @AlexPapp Video replay disagrees. The ref wound the clock a second before the 12 man broke from the huddle. Unless marked for play means something different, the ref got it wrong, but claimed differently. Wouldn't be the first time a ref lies after a mistake on the field.

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