NFL: Refs Missed It, Denver TD Was A Touchback

November 12, 2012 5:01 PM

NFL: Refs Missed It, Denver TD Was A Touchback
" CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL said the 76-yard punt return by Denver’s Trindon Holliday against Carolina on Sunday should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown.

In the second quarter of Denver’s 36-14 win, the Broncos’ 5-foot-5 returner raced up the sidelines and appeared to score. Replays showed Holliday prematurely celebrating the TD by flipping the ball out of his hands before crossing the goal line.

Replay official Bob Boylston confirmed the touchdown and, as a result, referee Alberto Riveron did not stop the game for an instant replay review.

The NFL said Monday in a statement “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. Had that occurred, Riveron would have had the indisputable visual evidence necessary to overturn the on-field ruling. The result of the play should have been a touchback – not a touchdown – with Carolina gaining possession at the 20 yard-line.”

“I thought I was actually in end zone this week but I wasn’t,” Holliday said Monday "

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