In the first half of Sunday’s game between the Bears and Seahawks, a Chicago punt appeared to touch the leg of a Seahawks player, which would have made it a live ball, recovered by the Bears.
The ruling on the field was that the ball hadn’t been touched. The Bears challenged via replay.
The replay showed a clear change of direction as the ball passed by the leg of the Seahawks player. While the video doesn’t show the ball strike the player’s leg, the ball moves as it passes the leg. Surprisingly, the decision was upheld.
NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino (pictured) told CBS rules analyst Mike Carey that the ruling wasn’t overturned because there was no clear evidence of the ball touching the Seattle player’s leg.
The next question is whether Bears coach John Fox will have anything to say about the ruling; teams were warned this week not to publicly or privately criticize officiating. Several coaches have done it this year, but none have been fined.