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Ref Stands Up for His 4th Down Call

It was a call that cost the Browns three points, and likely raised the blood pressure of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to unhealthy levels. In the second quarter with the Steelers up 14-7 and at the Browns 14-yard line with :35 ticks left, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted a QB sneak on 4th-and-inches.

The QB leaned forward, and the refs stepped in to measure if he made the first down or not. As the chains stretched, the ball from the look on TV was clearly short. As the Browns celebrated, referee Walt Anderson pointed first down Pittsburgh, and the head scratching was on.

No one could understand how the Steelers were getting a first down on a play that showed they clearly were short on. No one but Anderson that is, who spoke about it after the game to a member of the media.

“It touched the plane of the stake because that’s what I’m looking at,” Anderson said.

The ref explained that from the angle he saw, it looked like to him it was a first down. The Steelers did get three points out of it, and of course went on to win the game 27-14.

“If you shot at an angle maybe from back behind the ball it might look like it’s short,” Anderson said. “If you shot at angle the other side, it might actually look like it’s further in advance of the stake.”

All Browns fans know is that it for sure looked like they were getting robbed, and while they are having major issues elsewhere on the field, they surely didn’t expect to have to fight the refs as well.


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5 Responses to “Ref Stands Up for His 4th Down Call”

  1. Chris says:

    I’m watching the game with my Steelers fan bro-in-law (Forgive him. He’s from there) at the bar and he even commented on how odd the camera angle was. How it seemed like we were seeing the measurement at a slanted angle and it didn’t really tell the story on that play. Much as I hate what the call meant, I take Walt Anderson at his word. It was a simple matter of the TV director choosing a bad camera angle to show the measurement from. After bro-in-law mentioned the strange angle, I couldn’t help but notice it either. Definitely not just a fan trying to justify a bad call in his favor. The angle was awfully cock-eyed compared to usual. It wasn’t the refs who blew this call. It was the TV guys who blew the job of depicting it properly.

  2. Bill says:

    Another finely botched job by the NFL officials. Just when you think they’ve screwed up everything at least once, here comes another.

  3. Hey says:

    Why is there a picture of braylon edwards are you retarded he does not even play for them any more. And why do you have a quinn jersey advertisment are you retarded i mean sell anderson jerseys and put like joe thomas on their.

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