Regardless of whether the officials blew the call at the end of Monday night’s game between the Panthers and Patriots (and the debate continues), it’s clear that someone screwed up after the Panthers scored the go-ahead touchdown.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the clock operator allowed an extra four seconds to elapse after Carolina receiver Ted Ginn’s touchdown reception.
Apart from the clock operator doing it, the officials failed to notice it.
But while it’s easy to assume that the Patriots would have had an extra four seconds on their final play simply because they had it at the start of their final drive, it would be impossible to know what would have happened at the end of the drive if there had been an extra four seconds at the beginning.
It’s still not a good look for the NFL, and it’d be interesting to know how often that happens in games with final outcomes that aren’t scrutinized as heavily as the outcome of Monday night’s game was scrutinized.