Going to ground rule

Reply Sun 14 Dec, 2014 05:59 pm
Can someone please explain to me when a receiver needs to maintain control of the ball when they go to ground and when they don't. There is that famous Calvin Johnson TD last season that got disallowed because he dropped the ball in celebration as he got up. But in today's Seahawks game Richardson caught a TD in the end zone, went to ground, let go of the ball and yet that TD stood. I have seen numerous other examples this year and don't understand the difference
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Reply Mon 5 Jan, 2015 08:55 am
Another example yesterday with the Moncrief TD in the Colts game. He went to ground, and then let go of the ball as he was getting up. What gives?
Reply Mon 12 Oct, 2015 06:51 am
It's inconsistently interpreted. The most egregious, to me, was taking away the Cowboys score in last years NFC title game. Clearly a catch IMHO, and I'm no Cowboys fan.

Yesterday Gary Barnidge (Browns) caught the ball on his back, between his legs. He contorted and managed to get the ball into his arms. Compare this with the "ball cannot move" judgement made in many other catches. It decidedly MOVED from his legs to his arms. I don't understand that interpretation.

And watching a carrier control the ball out of bounds is an inconsistent policy . Aside from personal fouls, once a ball carrier is out of bounds the play is over. It's contrary to the game to continue judging the play after the whistle.

They're essentially saying the player can get tangled up with photographers, other sideline personnel, cables, benches, gatorade, and the refs are supposed to KEEP WATCHING through this to see if the ball moves? As if all of THAT is part of the field of play?

C'mon man!
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