Sunday's Saints-Bucs game was one of the wildest encounters of the NFL season. Drew Brees threw for over 300 yards and 4 TDs in the first half. Jospeh Morgan did this. Malcolm Jenkins chased down Vincent Jackson at the 1 yard line after a 95 yard reception. And, Tampa Bay came from 35-21 down in the 4th Quarter to have one last chance at the 9 yard line with 5 seconds left to tie the game with a touchdown.
The ensuing sequence has been the most talked about play from Week 7. Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams caught what appeared to be the tying touchdown in the back of the endzone after QB Josh Freeman scrambled out of the pocket. However, a flag was thrown and the catch was ruled illegal touching as Williams had been pushed out of the back of the endzone by Saints CB Corey White. Game over. It's the first time I can remember seeing a game end on an illegal touching penalty on an apparent touchdown. While not quite the jump ball, dual ruling, Hail Mary from Seattle, it was a bizarre way to end an NFL game.
Much of the confusion over the illegal touching call came from Fox botching the ending. John Lynch, a former Pro Bowl safety, tried to argue Williams re-established himself in bounds as an eligible receiver... which had absolutely no bearing on the illegal touching flag. When the official call was finally made, both Lynch and Dick Stockton glossed over the call and Lynch's erroneous attempt at an explanation...no comments