Illegal Formation On Denver Bronco’s Winning Touchdown
Just when I thought things might start to blow over around my house after the Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs this weekend a story breaks WITH a picture that stirs the pot AGAIN!
It seems after a review of the final play of the game by a FOX sports analyst that the Bronco’s game winning play should have been called dead because they were lined up illegally on the line of scrimmage.
NFL rules state that seven or more players MUST be lined up on the line of scrimmage prior to the snap.
In the picture it is pretty clear that Dante Rosario was lined up “well behind his teammates.”
Film from other wild-card games was viewed after this finding and in every other game not a single team had a player off the line like the Bronco’s did in the game winning play.
It seems when the NFL was contacted about this all they had to say was “the seven Broncos were close to the line and set, so there was nothing to call.”
Any true football fan knows that the NFL is notorius for sticking to the letter of the law when it comes to rule enforcement there is no wiggle room and no room for leeway of any kind.
A rule is a rule is a rule is the standard when it comes to NFL “RULES,” except in this situation it seems.
I have to agree that the Steelers do get hit with a lot of calls for stuff that other teams get away with, that is something they have seemingly learned to expect and deal with, but this call (or the lack of ) cost them a chance to go forward in the playoffs and that really does suck.
So, now I guess I am going to have to go the rest of the week with no illegal use of the hands called around my house too. THANKS NFL.