Broncos return man Trindon Holliday loses ball at 1-yard line, still awarded TD
The Broncos' Trindon Holliday returned a kick for six against the Bengals earlier this season and on Sunday vs. the Panthers added a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown. Except he lost control of the ball before reaching the end zone.
Trindon Holliday had three punt or kick returns for touchdowns in the preseason, but it wasn't enough to keep his job in Houston; he was released on Oct. 10 and signed with the Broncos a day later. Since arriving in Denver, Holliday has already returned a kick for six against the Bengals, and Sunday vs. the Panthers he added a 76-yard punt return to give the Broncos a 17-7 second-quarter lead.
Except that Holliday lost the ball at the 1-yard line, which means the touchdown on the field should've been a touchback, and the Panthers should've had the ball at their 20.
All scoring plays are reviewed automatically, but we're not sure what the replay official was looking at here (it also meant the Panthers couldn't throw a challenge flag). Mike Pereira, the former VP of NFL officials who now serves as a Fox Sports contributor, had this to say:
In CAR if reviewed it would've been reversed to a touchback because it was a fumble. Replay officials fault for not stopping it to review.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 11, 2012
In related news: DeSean Jackson nods knowingly but awards Holliday no style points.
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