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Mike Pereira Says Foster’s “Incompletion” Should Have Been a TD

When Arian Foster caught, came to possession and then used the ball to break his fall in the second quarter on Sunday against the Chargers, Texans’ fans immediately remembered the so called “Calvin Johnson rule” of 2010.  After review, the referees held that the catch was an incomplete pass.  The Texans went on to lose the game 29-23, missing six points from a crucial and highly debatable touchdown reception.  Following the game, Arian Foster said he was unaware of such a rule that he could not use the ball to break his fall.

On the play, the former NFL Vice President of Officiating, Mike Pereira, wrote on

“In my opinion, the ruling of touchdown should not have been reversed and this call seemed to change the complexion of the game…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.”

In my opinion, the “Calvin Johnson rule” is too broad and has too many holes for a contemplating referee to fall into.  The NFL should mandate a set of suggestive guidelines for how to approach these situations in the future.  This isn’t pee-wee football.  There’s a lot of money on the line, and there’s no room for foul interpretation of the rules.

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2 Responses to “Mike Pereira Says Foster’s “Incompletion” Should Have Been a TD”

  1. ron holley says:

    Whats the story here ? Is this just another excuse for the Texans?The name of the team is a DISGRACE TO TEXAS

  2. Jesse Rios says:

    Sorry you feel that way Ron, the Texans letting you down too? Sadly, the Houston Texans look like they’ll take the Tampa Bay route to the playoffs rather than the likes of the Panthers or Jags expansion/new teams.

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