The replacement referees have found themselves in another doozy. Instead of walking off a 5-yard defensive holding penalty late in the first half of the Broncos-Falcons game, the refs walked off 11 yards.
Why? Who knows?
Fox's Mike Pereira noticed the mistake and looking back at the replays he's right. The Broncos had a 4th-and-1 from the Falcons 43-yard line.
The ball is spotted right at the 43-yard line. On the play Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks was hit with defensive holding, a five yard penalty plus a first down. So that should've put the Broncos in a 1st-and-10 from the Falcons 38-yard line.
That's on the 32-yard line, a full six yards extra. A gift from the refs to the Broncos.
The Broncos would drive down the field and score a touchdown -- a touchdown that had to be reviewed and overturned, of course -- but who knows how the Falcons would've played things differently if the ball would've been spotted correctly.
Fox's Mike Pereira can't believe it.
They did actually march off 11 yards. Wow!— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 18, 2012
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