Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wanted officials to look a fumble call that ended up being returned for a touchdown by the Carolina Panthers. Officials told him it was indeed an incomplete pass by Carson Palmer.
Unfortunately, Arians was told the initial call was wrong at halftime, well after the play happened.
The play in question couldn’t be reviewed at the time. Arians said there a problem with the Fox network’s feed to the coaches booth that was being fixed and replay happened to be down as Thomas Davis returned Palmer’s “fumble” for a touchdown.
“So they shut it down to fix it, and that’s when the play occurred,” Arians said, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website. “There was no instant replay feed. It was confirmed a forward pass (later), but no one had an instant replay feed to look at it. The replay official went with his naked eye, so he went with the call on the field because there was no video to watch at that point and time.”
That play happened on the first drive of the game and set the tone for a 30-20 Panthers win. Arians said replay was down at the league offices in New York too. At halftime, Arians said officials told him that the call was wrong and it should have been ruled an incomplete pass. Gee, thanks.
It’s pretty hard to understand how there could be such a breakdown at a key moment. The league will probably make sure that there’s no repeat of that the rest of the season. That won’t change much for the Cardinals, however.
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