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NFL Backs Coleman’s TD Decision for Steelers and Holmes

As expected, the NFL is standing by their head ref in yesterday’s Steelers 13-9 win over the Ravens. The Post-Gazette is reporting that the league is backing ref Walt Coleman for the overturned call that in the end gave the Steelers the win.

Here is the column recently out at the Post-Gazette’s website:

The NFL is backing referee Walt Coleman’s decision to overturn a call on the field and rule Santonio Holmes’ catch a touchdown that gave the Steelers a 13-9 victory at Baltimore yesterday.

Coleman’s officiating crew ruled that Holmes did not get into the end zone when he caught Ben Roethlisberger’s pass from the Ravens’ four with 43 seconds left. However, after viewing it on replay, Coleman overturned the call and signaled a touchdown.

“Walt Coleman determined via high-def video review that the receiver had possession and two feet down with the ball in the goal line, meaning it broke the plane,” an NFL spokesman said via e-mail.

The spokesman said Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, backed the Coleman ruling after replay.

Coleman explained after the game that Holmes “had two feet down and completed the catch with control of the ball breaking the plane of the goal line.”

By rule, his feet did not have to be down, however, when the ball crossed the goal line — he had to be in possession of the ball when it broke the plane of the goal line and then, to complete the play, his feet had to touch the ground.

“When he gained control of the ball,” Coleman said, “the ball was breaking the plane and then he fell into the field of play.”

To this moment I cannot believe that the Ravens (led by crybaby coach John Harbaugh) thought that it was not a TD. Let the NFL send the Rat Birds a letter saying “sorry,” – after all, it’s happened to the Steelers before.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. j

    December 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    SEE THIS… proof of the td…. he had control, 2 feet down, and broke the plane.

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