Re-Write the NFL Catch Rule

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    Bills player appeard to get both feet down and control of the ball....TD on the field, review No Catch! This looked more like a catch than the Steelers catch did and I thought that was a TD.

    FYI Bills are playing the Pats, not that it matters I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Bills player appeard to get both feet down and control of the ball....TD on the field, review No Catch! This looked more like a catch than the Steelers catch did and I thought that was a TD.

    FYI Bills are playing the Pats, not that it matters I'm sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Bills player appeard to get both feet down and control of the ball....TD on the field, review No Catch! This looked more like a catch than the Steelers catch did and I thought that was a TD.
    So did Mike Pereira.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Put me in the minority that thinks it is pretty clear and doesn't need changed. However, stretching for the endzone is a football move.
    Yeah, I don't see how people are debating what a catch is in this instance.

    He never had clear control. "Control" means you have the ball in firm possession. How do people not understand what "control" means?
    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    The only issue I really have with it is the "survive the ground" part of it. As soon as the ball crosses the plane and is in possession of the receiver, inbounds, the play should be over, TD. JMO.
    If he has clear possession of it beforehand, then, yes, it is a touchdown when it crosses the plane.

    If that was a today when the Steelers player caught it, then is it a catch if a receiver gets his hands around it for a fraction of a second and it gets knocked out?


    Quote Originally Posted by MBKT View Post
    A catch should be ruled a catch if the player clearly has possession and control of the ball when his feet, (2) in the NFL and (1) in college and high school, make contact with the ground. The ground should not be allowed to cause a fumble, or an incomplete pass. If his feet or his body make contact with the ground, or when the ball crosses the plane of the goal line, and he has control of the ball at that point, then it is a catch, even if the ball comes loose once his hands and arms hit the ground.
    I disagree with that entirely.

    You need to have firm control or it leaves everything even more open to interpretation and opinions.

    If he had control, then he wouldn't have fumbled it when it hit the ground.

    Everyone who says "then why's it ok if a runner just gets the ball across and then fumbles it in the ai for when it hits the ground?" Because he had control of the ball while running and fully had it for a while before crossing the goal line. Case closed.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    It's not perfect. I don't know that any rule will ever be. But IMO if the ground can't cause a fumble, it shouldn't be able to cause an incompletion either. I guess that's my mindset.
    Like I say above, but the runner already had control of the ball while running and when he reached out to cross the goal line, the play is over.

    Eli Manning agrees:

    Like others, as it happened Manning thought it was a clean catch. But on replay, he saw that it wasn’t.

    “I was watching the game live, you see it, and it doesn’t look like an incompletion at all,’’ Manning said. “Once they slow it down and see him going to the ground and the ball hitting the ground, incompletion …

    “You hate it, when you’re watching it live, you don’t even think about that not being a catch. When they run it down, hey, when you go to the ground you got to finish with the ball in your hand. When it hits the ground and there’s movement, I was like, ‘I think that’s enough evidence where they’re gonna reverse that’.”

    It’s so clear to Manning, he doesn’t understand why others are confused as to what constitutes a catch in the NFL

    “I think it is clear what a catch is,’’ Manning said. “Especially when you’re going to the ground, you got to control the ball the whole time. You got to have it. If the ball hits the ground, you’re going to the ground, the ball moves or hits the ground and there’s a little loss of contact through the end of the play, it’s gonna be an incompletion.’’

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