Originally Posted by mister_mcgoo
nope, watch it again and keep in mind the following facts:
-line of scrimmage was just outside the 5 yard line, so the endzone is beyond the 5 yard cushion
-at no point does the defender look back for the ball, the receiver on the other hand is looking back for the ball
This is the best HD video I found of it...scroll down and jump to about 2:30 in the vid:
the refs apparently don't know what holding is, as you can clearly see on the subsequent play:
I'm not disagreeing that there wasn't a hold - clearly there was - but I don't think it was clear-cut enough to substantiate a game-deciding flag. There's the "rulebook"... and then there's the context of the situation. It's just like hockey - it's an unwritten rule that the refs put away their whistles in the last minute unless there's something really blatant, and the players on both teams know that, and they fully take advantage of it.
If you want to go by the technical rulebook, there are dozens of missed/blown calls every game and it cuts both ways (ie: the Niner's NFC Championship).
And the "holding" going on in your 2nd link is weak... that shit happens on every single punt - it would have been embarrassing if they threw out a flag on that.
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