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Controversial replay ruling on fourth down gives Bengals a fortunate touchdown

Frank Schwab
Shutdown Corner

Questionable calls happen all the time in the NFL. You usually don't see many controversial calls happen as a result of a replay reversal.

But in Cincinnati, a call that seemed to be right on the field was changed after a replay review, giving the Bengals a touchdown even though running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis appeared to be just short of the goal line.

With less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter and the Bengals holding on to a 7-0 lead, they went for it on fourth and goal. Andy Dalton handed to Green-Ellis off right tackle. Green-Ellis was tripped up in the backfield and dove forward. He lunged the ball towards the goal line but officials on the field ruled his knee was down when the ball was still at the 1-yard line. That appeared to be the right call.

Then the play went to the replay booth for a review, and it was ruled a touchdown.

That ruling gave the Bengals a 14-0 lead. It was questionable, especially since the ruling on the field was that he was short.

The Bengals went on to beat the Colts 42-28. That touchdown call probably didn't change the outcome of the game, although it certainly didn't hurt the Bengals to go into halftime with a little more momentum.

Either way, Colts fans probably aren't too happy with the way that ruling turned out.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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