NFL: Referee made wrong call on Bengals touchdown play
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
NFL referee Jeff Triplette should not have awarded the Bengals a touchdown late in the second quarter, USA Today reports.
The newspaper reported Tuesday night that "Dean Blandino, the league's vice president of officiating, said in his weekly NFL Network appearance on Tuesday that Triplette was wrong to overturn a key fourth-and-goal stop by the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals."
The newspaper quoted Blandino saying it was not the correct call.
"There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field," he said according to the USA Today story.
Here's more from the story:
"It's the second public reprimand in nine days for Triplette, whom Blandino said in a statement last week was wrong not to stop the game amidst "obvious confusion as to the status of the down" on the Washington Redskins' final drive in a Dec. 1 loss to the New York Giants.
Triplette's latest gaffe came earlier in the game, but it was a pivotal moment nonetheless, with the Bengals leading the Colts 7-0 just before halftime. The ruling on the field was Cincinnati running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was down by contact inside the 1-yard line.
Replays appeared to show that Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman may have tripped Green-Ellis in the backfield, sending him stumbling to the ground. But Triplette overturned the call anyway, doubling the Bengals' lead and shifting the momentum in a 42-28 win."