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Cole Beasley TD catch upheld due to lack of indisputable visual evidence

Dallas Cowboys' Cole Beasley catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) AP

The Cowboys are back at Lambeau Field, and the catch rule has been interpreted in their favor. For a change.

Receiver Cole Beasley caught a short first-quarter pass near the goal line, lunged across while stumbling to the ground, and lost possession when he hit the ground. The ruling on the field was a catch and a score. The replay process resulted in a confirmation of the touchdown.

Per a source with direct knowledge of the outcome, the ruling was upheld because the visual evidence didn’t show an obvious error. More specifically, the available replay angles did not yield indisputable proof that Beasley was going to the ground when making the catch.

The decision bolsters the perception created last year in the postseason, when a ruling of a catch by Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t overturned despite apparent evidence that he was going to the ground. The NFL seems to be willing to apply the 50-drunks-in-a-bar standard to the convoluted catch rule, requiring clear and obvious proof that one or more of the elements of a catch are missing before the decision will be overturned.

Indeed, the source said that, if the ruling had been that Beasley had not caught the ball, it wouldn’t have been overturned if challenged by the Cowboys.

This is the right approach, but it won’t make Cowboys fans feel any better about the last controversial catch/no-catch decision from a game at Lambeau Field. Under the standard the NFL currently applies to the review of these rulings, Bryant’s catch from the 2014 playoffs likely would have been upheld.

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8 Responses to “Cole Beasley TD catch upheld due to lack of indisputable visual evidence”
  1. tjacks7 says: Oct 16, 2016 6:02 PM

    That is a catch. 100% no debate. When you catch the ball, dive toward the goal line and cross the goal line… It’s a catch. No questions asked. It’s embarrassing that things like this are even up for discussion. Thanks Goodell.

  2. montango says: Oct 16, 2016 6:06 PM

    I’m so sick of this catch rule…miss the days when THE GROUND CAN’T CAUSE A FUMBLE

  3. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 16, 2016 6:07 PM

    “We just don’t get a clear look from any of our angles”

    Meanwhile, during a commercial break
    “Catch every play from 22 different camera angles with NFL Game Pass”

  4. leatherface2012 says: Oct 16, 2016 6:12 PM

    i think when the cowboys play in green bay, they have to have control and lay in the end zone for about 5 and a half minutes

  5. drakost says: Oct 16, 2016 6:32 PM

    The catch rule Mr. Florio. THAT is currently the worse rule in the NFL.

  6. dallasfan76 says: Oct 17, 2016 7:44 AM

    The packers challenged this TD catch because they know the referees are brain-dead. They were brain dead in 2014 (Dez catch) and they thought “hey it worked before….”

  7. rodell77 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:12 PM

    If the ball breaks the plane in the receivers hand weather going to the ground or not should be a score…apply the silly rule elsewhere on the field

  8. jbarge says: Oct 17, 2016 5:14 PM

    If Beasley’s catch was ruled a catch, then Dez’s catch should have been a catch. Both had 3 steps as they were going to the ground and when they hit the ground the ball came loose.

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