Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant made a great effort on a catch along the sideline in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, extending his arms to grab the ball and tiptoeing to get his feet down in bounds.
But while Bryant was credited with having the ball and both feet down after an instant replay review overturned the ruling on the field of an incomplete pass, the NFL now says there was no indisputable video evidence to change the original ruling.
“You’ve got to stay incomplete,” NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira said as he reviewed the play in a video at NFL.com. “To me, not indisputable visual evidence to overturn.”
Pereira said it was a close call and a judgment call, but that’s the whole point — it was simply too close to overturn what the on-field officials ruled, and referees have been reminded that a call can’t be overturned unless the replay clearly shows it was wrong.
“The thing with replay is we worked hard this year to try to make sure we have absolute indisputable visual evidence to overturn the call,” Pereira said. “To me this was not indisputable and since we ruled it incomplete, you leave it incomplete.”