Published October 13, 2013
We got a rarity in one of the early Sunday matchups. It took place in the Philadelphia-Tampa Bay game.
Here was the situation: Philadelphia had, first-and-10 from the Eagles' 27-yard line with 10:43 left in the first quarter. Philadelphia led 7-0. Running back LeSean McCoy carried the ball for 12 yards and fumbled ball when he was tackled by Darrelle Revis. Revis picked up the ball and returned it for a touchdown.
Then came the review.
This is one of the rare instances where the replay official and the referee know they have to review two things: A. was it a fumble and B. was the recovering player down by contact. On the field it was ruled a fumble and Revis was not ruled down, therefore it was a touchdown on the field.
First thing they do when they look at this is confirm it's a fumble, which you can do in one quick shot. Then in the remaining time, which is only 60 seconds total, you have to see if Revis was down. Revis' butt was on the ground when McCoy touched him on the right shoulder, so they correctly reversed back to Revis being down at that point and make the clock adjustment. And I want to emphasize again, they did all of this in 60 seconds.
They made the clock adjustment because they had to reset the clock back to the point of recovery by Revis because the clock stops on a change of possession.
Well done by the officiating crew.