NFL: New catch rule was not used in Super Bowl

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The NFL adopted a new catch rule at this week’s league meetings, but the league’s head of officiating Al Riveron said on Wednesday that the rule was not used to rule on a touchdown catch by Eagles running back Corey Clement in Super Bowl LII.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN said earlier this week that it was “clear” after talking to Riveron that the league used the new criteria to rule on Clement’s catch and said they were “basically legislating on the fly” during the game. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if that was the case during a Wednesday press conference and called Riveron to the podium to give an answer.

Riveron said that the new standard for a catch, which allows for some ball movement while completing the play, was not in effect while reviewing Clement’s touchdown. Riveron said the ball did move, but that there was not “indisputable” evidence that the running back lost control of the ball at any point.

Riveron was later asked if the replay standard for a catch used in the regular season changed for the postseason and said that there was also no change on that front.

The new catch rule, which passed unanimously, calls for a player to have control, two feet or another body part down, and make a football move — a third step or reaching the ball toward the line to gain — or have the ball long enough to make a move in order to be a completed pass.

36 responses to “NFL: New catch rule was not used in Super Bowl

  1. Wrong question. The right one is: Did the application of the replay review standard change between the Regular Season and Super Bowl? The answer to that is yes, and it did affect the game.

  2. That was probably the dumbest report ESPN has ever thrown out there. Just because the officials didn’t make a horrible call by overturning what was clearly a catch, we have to assume something untoward was going on?

  3. Sal Paolantonio of ESPN said earlier this week that it was “clear” after talking to Riveron that the league used the new criteria to rule on Clement’s catch and said they were “basically legislating on the fly” during the game. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if that was the case during a Wednesday press conference and called Riveron to the podium to give an answer.

    Oops. My bad.

  4. Ha! It might not have changed the outcome of the game but those 14 points (not just Clement’s TD btw) surely affected football pool payouts from coast to coast. Just the bozos at 345 doing whatever the hell they want without oversight.

  5. Patriots fans, still looking for any excuse as to why they lost, likely grasped at the story and said, “SEE?” However those same fans continuously decry ESPN reporting (as I do, it isn’t very accurate), especially when it suggests there is discord in New England. Can’t have it both ways.

    I don’t think the new rule was used in the game. I watched it. It was called fair for once. No excuses.

  6. Those TD’s, whilst absolutely correct calls to every football fan with common sense, were 100% not called the same way as the entire season before those moments.

    That’s the issue, the moving of the goalposts, and it should concern every NFL fan with a stake (read gambler, fantasy for $ player) out there, regardless of which team this involved.

  7. bspurloc says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    so again…
    a side line catch is not catch because there is no chance for a 3rd move…
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    The rule states that the receiver has to make a 3rd move OR have the ball under control long enough to make a 3rd move. If you catch the ball on the sideline and step out of bounds, that’s a 3rd move. If you catch the ball on the sideline while you’re falling out of bounds, you have to hold onto the ball long enough that the official deems that you could have made another move if in-bounds. Basically, if you get two feet in and don’t drop the ball when you hit the ground, it’s a catch.

  8. TruFBFan says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Patriots fans, still looking for any excuse as to why they lost, likely grasped at the story and said, “SEE?”
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    I’m a Pats fan. Sorry to disappoint you but I’m not looking for any excuses for the loss because I already know the reason for Philly’s win, they made fewer mistakes.

  9. I’m a Patriots fan, and I don’t have a problem with the way it was called in the SB. I congratulated the Eagles and their fans after the win, and that stands to this day with me.

    However, the fact that the NFL claims they did not use the new rule in the SB likely means that they did….they just can’t tell the truth about anything.

  10. It looked to me like Clement was moving the ball himself, which isn’t the same as the ball moving when you’ve lost control of it. It was the right call. Just because Riveron had made many wrong calls before doesn’t mean he should keep making wrong calls for the sake of consistency.

  11. TruFBFan says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Patriots fans, still looking for any excuse as to why they lost, likely grasped at the story and said, “SEE?”

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    Let’s see….the Eagles scored more points….that is why they won. No excuses needed. See how it works?

  12. Eagles fans have been complaining for years of the so-called pats preferential treatment by the league. Now, they are accusing pats fans of making excuses. I guess winning is new to them.

  13. I don’t care whether folks think the Ertz or clement catches were incomplete. They counted we won. But could somebody please point me to similar catches that were ref’d differently…and the Jesse James and dez catches were completely different-they should have been catches but the old rule was used against them…clement never lost control but moved the ball and Ertz tools three steps and dove, so examples please?

  14. Clement lost control of that ball. it’s clear as day. that’s not a catch even before the Calvin Johnson rule. Worst call of the season.

    For the Ertz catch: the NFL set a precedent this year and said, if that ball moves during the “catch process” it is not a catch…well folks, it moved during the “process”…so it’s not a catch according to the NFL rules this year.

    i’m not a patriots fan by any means, but they got totally screwed this year in the superbowl.

    The eagles should send gift baskets and $$$$$$ to that ref crew and the officals in new york who upheld their calls during the reviews.

  15. Nathan says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    Those TD’s, whilst absolutely correct calls to every football fan with common sense, were 100% not called the same way as the entire season before those moments.

    That’s the issue, the moving of the goalposts, and it should concern every NFL fan with a stake (read gambler, fantasy for $ player) out there, regardless of which team this involved.
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    EXACTLY !!!! This is so NOT a Pats fans issue. Not even close.

  16. TheDPR says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    It looked to me like Clement was moving the ball himself, which isn’t the same as the ball moving when you’ve lost control of it. It was the right call. Just because Riveron had made many wrong calls before doesn’t mean he should keep making wrong calls for the sake of consistency.
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    Actually that’s exactly what that means.

  17. derp363 says:
    March 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Clement lost control of that ball. it’s clear as day. that’s not a catch even before the Calvin Johnson rule. Worst call of the season.

    For the Ertz catch: the NFL set a precedent this year and said, if that ball moves during the “catch process” it is not a catch…well folks, it moved during the “process”…so it’s not a catch according to the NFL rules this year.

    i’m not a patriots fan by any means, but they got totally screwed this year in the superbowl.

    The eagles should send gift baskets and $$$$$$ to that ref crew and the officals in new york who upheld their calls during the reviews.

    ———————————
    If our defense hadn’t been giving away first downs like blue light specials I might feel more like picking on the refs. But they were and thats where I look at for the cause of the loss.

  18. Clement did lose control, Riveron and Goodell are lying. Terrible explanation by the NFL here, but in real time replay it looked like a TD so I’m fine with it. Eagles were just the better team that day.

  19. eaglerome says:
    March 28, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    I don’t care whether folks think the Ertz or clement catches were incomplete. They counted we won. But could somebody please point me to similar catches that were ref’d differently…and the Jesse James and dez catches were completely different-they should have been catches but the old rule was used against them…clement never lost control but moved the ball and Ertz tools three steps and dove, so examples please?

    4 4 Rate This

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    kelvin benjamin vs pats was incomplete

    clement was also clearly incomplete

    same thing!

    wake up!

  20. TruFBFan says:

    March 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Patriots fans, still looking for any excuse as to why they lost, likely grasped at the story and said, “SEE?” However those same fans continuously decry ESPN reporting (as I do, it isn’t very accurate), especially when it suggests there is discord in New England. Can’t have it both ways.

    I don’t think the new rule was used in the game. I watched it. It was called fair for once. No excuses.

    =================

    Well Pats did deserve one more play as Chris Hogan was completely pummeled on the final play. But Pats D didn’t show up, that was the big difference maker.

  21. to all those suckers who got bet on the superbowl and lost
    suck it up
    think it is bad this year
    wait till they get rid of instant replay – the ref’s will make a killing in deciding games

  22. tb12greatest says:
    March 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Eagles fans have been complaining for years of the so-called pats preferential treatment by the league. Now, they are accusing pats fans of making excuses. I guess winning is new to them.
    ************
    Eagles have a winning record overall against the pats. And we beat you guys last 2 times , in Gilette and on a neutral field
    Learn the facts!!!!!! I wish we played NE twice a year

  23. Eagles fans have been complaining for years of the so-called pats preferential treatment by the league. Now, they are accusing pats fans of making excuses. I guess winning is new to them.
    =================
    The Eagles owner, players and fans have been whining for a decade over Super Bowl 39 and a completely baseless, false claim about a taped walkthrough. Now, the league manipulates the rules in their favor in a Super Bowl win and, all of a sudden, they’re saying “Stop making excuses, get over it.” Maybe they should try that themselves.

  24. Well at least we know Pats fans aren’t the only sensitive bunch. Sheesh. You could overturn all of those calls and it probably still wouldn’t have made a difference. The same crappy defense would have still been on the field. Run those same plays 10 times and that defense still wouldn’t have stopped them. That said, you don’t legislate new rules on the fly like the NFL clearly did. The outcome doesn’t change that at all.

  25. Another bitter NE fan.

    tb12greatest says:

    March 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Eagles fans have been complaining for years of the so-called pats preferential treatment by the league. Now, they are accusing pats fans of making excuses. I guess winning is new to them.

  26. Well Pats did deserve one more play as Chris Hogan was completely pummeled on the final play. But Pats D didn’t show up, that was the big difference maker
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    I agree that the Pats defense had no answers, but on he 4th and 5 Ertz catch the Eagles rub route was actually an uncalled pick penalty. Watch the replay in the center of the field on the edge of the tv screen. The Pats D showed up on that play, and it should have been 4th and 15.

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