Official Review: Arian Foster's non-TD (

A video with the NFL's current VP of Officiating,  Carl Johnson

Fox Sports write up from Mike Pereira, the former NFL's Vice President of Officiating.


While I have am not and have never been the NFL's Vice President of Officiating, I consider myself fairly competent official in New Zealan, operating under NCAA rules.  I have been an official for the last three National All-star games and the last Australia v New Zealand game.

So feel free to get my take on the play after the jump...

ARIAN FOSTER WAS ROBBED!!!  (Sorry, the fan in me needed to get that out of my system)

After watching the video of the play, I have no idea what Mike Pereira is talking about.   While I normally agree with everything he says and I don't immediately recall a time on Official Review where he was wrong.  But in this case, I can not agree with him.  He says:

To me, this was similar to the two-point conversion in the Super Bowl last season and not the Calvin Johnson play from Detroit's first game this season. Foster was on his way to the ground and reached out with the ball in his right hand to make sure that he had broken the plane. This is the "second act" that the league has referred to in the past.

Carl Johnson explains the call correctly in the video above.

Now, Foster catches the ball in the bread basket, with both hands.  He is hit in the back while in stride, propelling him forward.  He goes to the ground and reaches out with his hands to break his fall.  Unfortunately, he has the ball in his hand and uses it to stop his face from hitting the ground.

I do not see this as a second, "football move" after making the catch. The call on the field was correct.

Had he taken a step or two with the ball against his body, he would have established himself as a runner, then falling in the endzone would not have been a problem.  Also, had he secured the ball and fallen on his face, and maintained possession when he hit the ground, it would have been a TD. 

This was a bang-bang play, where everything happened in quick succession.  As a professional football player, Arian Foster should know better than to do what he did.  There is no one to blame but himself.

That said, he had a great game and should have been given the ball more in the second half of that game.

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