In a weird coincidence, both calls that were completely obvious that went against the Colts happened near the end of the first half.
Two weeks ago, when Indianapolis played at the Cincinnati Bengals, Colts defensive tackle Josh Chapman tripped up BenJarvus Green-Ellis on fourth and goal and the one-yard line. It was clear as day, and the refs on field even gave Indianapolis the ball. In a weird chain of events, the play was reviewed and they not only overturned it, but gave a touchdown to the Bengals.
The NFL later admitted the call was wrong and apologized to the Colts.
A call again happened to Indianapolis near the end of the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs. On second down, after the two-minute warning, Alex Smith passed the ball to Junior Hemmingway. It appeared at first that it was incomplete, as Colts corner Vontae Davis knocked it out. With a view on the replay, it showed it was a clear fumble, as Hemmingway took not one, not two, but three steps after tucking the ball, then Davis knocked it out. Indianapolis noticed that and called a timeout, knowing they’d get the ball back, as the review had to come from the booth with being inside of two minutes. To everyone’s dismay, the referees stuck with the call on the field, saying he never had possession.
So, you’re telling me that I can catch a ball, tuck it, run three steps, and just drop it if a defender is around me if I feel I won’t make it far to stop the clock and start over? That’s not a fumble, but incomplete because I never had possession?
The NFL replay system is flawed. This is a joke. I hope this doesn’t cost the Colts like it did in Cincinnati. Luckily, Ryan Succop missed a field goal on that drive, or there would have been an even bigger outrage.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four years and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru