For the second time in two weeks, the NFL has had to come out and admit that the Jeff Triplette-led officiating crew blew a major call, this time even with the assistance of a video review.
Late in the first half against Indianapolis, Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was tripped up in the backfield by Colts DT Josh Chapman, and stumbled short of the goal line. That's where the ball was placed—so far, so good. But after a review, Cincinnati was awarded the touchdown to go up 14-0. Somehow, officials decided there was "indisputable visual evidence" that Green-Ellis was untouched before he lurched across the plane.
I love how indignant Gumbel and Dierdorf are on the call—this was really, really bad. NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino flat-out said it was the wrong call, in his regular "I really wish I didn't have to do this every week, but here's how the zebras fucked up" video.
It's been a rough December for Triplette's crew. They were the ones who completely screwed up the downs at the end of the Giants-Skins game last week. Maybe it's because Triplette's dealing with a lot of stress at his other, full-time job.