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Catch rule rears its head in Houston

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 27:  Demetrius Harris #84 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pursued by Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

Every year, several plays stand out as controversial applications of the catch rule. One of them came out on Sunday in Houston.

Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris caught the ball, took multiple steps, but then had the ball knocked out of his hands as he was going to the ground. The ruling on the field was a fumble. After further review, the decision was overturned.

The outcome turned on the decision that Harris was going to the ground as he was making the catch. And while the replay evidence suggested that, indeed, Harris was going to the ground, the play will prompt many reasonable people to think, “That’s a catch and a fumble.”

The NFL insists on adhering to the twist that applies when a player is going to the ground in order to avoid an uptick in fumbles. Still, the rule as written and applied continues to create a gap between what fans believe they see and what the league tells them they see.

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7 Responses to “Catch rule rears its head in Houston”
  1. brandonj21 says: Sep 18, 2016 2:20 PM

    That was a catch. They screwed us. Hop had both knees down and maintained possession.

  2. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 18, 2016 2:26 PM

    Typical waffling

  3. CP says: Sep 18, 2016 2:36 PM

    I haven’t seen this one yet, but I think the NFL Catch rule is a government experiment designed to see how much ridiculousness people will believe instead of believing their own eyes.

    In return, Jerry Jones gets to dip into the Social Security fund….

  4. upper23 says: Sep 18, 2016 2:37 PM

    Blandino knows the rule. Doesn’t matter if he’s the only one.

  5. primemundo says: Sep 18, 2016 5:50 PM

    That was a catch and a fumble. Hop didn’t maintain possession of the ball in bounds = no td. Still trying to find where the holding was on Hill’s td return.

  6. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 18, 2016 5:52 PM

    The rule is very clear and consistently enforced.
    No matter how much crying Dez Bryant and other weak minded types do, the rule is as written is a good one.

  7. primemundo says: Sep 19, 2016 12:13 PM

    That was a fumble. Hopkins not a catch.

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