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reid's denied challenge ('no recovery' ???)

 

I'm still very confused about the play the other day where Andy Ried tried to challenge a fumble but
he was told  "that play can't be reviewed".

 

Something about you can't determine if a fumble did or did not happen if the Eagles didn't recover
the fumble.

 

That's the part that drove me insane.   An Eagle most definetly fell immediately onto the ball after it popped loose.

 

The television crew kept showing replays that cut the part out where the defender jumped on the ball - to the
point where I was starting to doubt that it happened....    EXCEPT...  I rewound my TIVO and watched the entire
play over again without any help from the FOX  replay booth.

 

What I saw was this...    It looked like the Falcon caught the ball, turned and started up field (a "football move") only to have the ball come loose almost immediately.   I think it looked like the Eagle defender knocked the ball loose - but I will say that part of the play was somewhat difficult to watch.    Did he drop it ?  Was it knocked out?  Did he hold it long enough to be considered "a catch" followed by a "fumble"  ?

 

But immediately after the ball came loose, an Eagle defender instantly dove on the ball.    If it was indeed a fumble, it would be a live ball - since no Falcon came over and touched the Eagle.    But it wasn't a "live" ball because almost immediately after the Eagle dove on the ball, you could hear referee whistles...   signaling that the play was
over...

 

I'm assuming the whistles because the assumption was "no catch"...    but there was no debate that the Eagle recovered what he assumed was a fumble.

 

Did anyone get a clear explanation why Reid's challange was refused ?   Was it because the Eagle didn't
get up and try to run with the ball???   That's ridiculous.     He lied there - simply because he assume that
the Falcons were about ready to fight him for the ball - and I think he wanted the definite field position - rather
than taking a chance if he tried to run with it.

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