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Official Review: Why Morgan’s TD Stands

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 6, 2012 – 3:34 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

There was lots of talk after Monday night’s 17-16 Redskins victory over the New York Giants about quarterback Robert Griffin III‘s first-quarter fumble that magically ended up in the hands of wide receiver Joshua Morgan, who took it 13 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.

After the game, Griffin III joked that the play was a planned pitch.

“We didn’t run it in practice, because we wanted to save it for the game,” Griffin III said with a laugh. “I just knew he was going to be there ready for it. I just had to make sure I grabbed that guy’s leg that was right next to me, so that he wouldn’t get to it. Josh did a good job, making sure he was in the spot he needed to be.”

But all joking aside, the officials overseeing Monday’s game did a terrific job getting the call right. After review, they determined the ball was coming out of Griffin III’s possession before he could officially be ruled down.

The play was the subject of a recent “Official Review” segment on the NFL Network in which Carl Johnson, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, and Dean Blandino, the director of officiating, go over the decisions that were made with a fine-toothed comb.

Johnson and Blandino pointed out that everything would’ve been different had the play happened with less than two minutes remaining or on fourth down.

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